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When a sunset is not just a sunset...

When a sunset is not just a sunset...
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Copyright: Emma Taylor (Aramok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-19
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II USM, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Cape Wrath, Outer & Inner Hebridies
Theme(s): My Sunsets and Sunrises [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-07 16:02
Viewed: 4680
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Question: When is a sunset not just a sunset?
Answer: When it is a Mock mirage sunset.

Carrying on from yesterday's post, I realised that I had a photo that showed both the 2 reflections in the water and the distorted sun as well.

It seems that I was at the same height as or trying to look through a temperature inversion to actually see the sun and becuase of this inversion the light directly of the sun was split into 2 separate images of the sun, this light was also refelcted twice on the water - once very close to the land and the other closer to me. See here for much more of a science lesson on this phenomena.

I have converetd this from RAW, no colour editting, but I have lightened the land section slightly. The photo was taken free hand, with maximum size aperture for ease (I was being eaten alive by insects) and deliberatley underexposed by -1.33EV to prevent burnout of the sun - I do this for all sunsets. This naturally adds to the colours and atmosphere of the shot, but can make them slightly darker than it actually was at the time. No filters were used at all and the colours have not been changed in anyway.

please enjoy and the next image may show you a mirrage sunset and a sundog in the same photo!

MojoUK, fyapici, markula, scottevers7, horia, SunToucher, Evelynn, kojak has marked this note useful
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  • MojoUK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 7 N: 328] (1479)
  • [2006-08-07 16:53]

Hi Emma,

Looks like you had a great time in the Scottish Highlands. This is a great sunset, the vertical framing works very well. I like the reeds in the foreground and the lovely natural colours you have captured so well. Very good use of the rule of thirds and an interesting note.



Hi Emma!
Great sunset shot. I like the fact that the color is filling the entire frame. The vertical format works very well and composition is also very good, even though a lot of reflection images make sens when placing the horizon in the middle. However, to adhere to the rule of the thirds was absolutely right in this case. Congratulations,

Hi Emma,
Another very beautiful sunset, The portrait framing looks great for this composition. Beautiful warm color and tones.
Simple is often the best.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-08 3:46]
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Hi Emma

Hehe...what did i say in my last critique...landscapes are definately you "middle name"...i love it when i'm right :)
Simply splendid! Perfect in every aspect (colors, exposure, POV, details, compo etc)

Bravissimo and TFS

Hi Emma.
Great suset. I like it.
Composition : 5
Sharpness : 5
Colour : 5
Depth Of Field: 5
Point Of View : 5
Background : 5
Contrast : 5
Focus : 5

Framework : 5
Note : 5

Selamlar / Regards.

Hi Emma,
Great that you can still see some color in the piece of land across the water. The exposure is just amazing and the two reflection and the double sun. I love the overall color of the sky and the reflection of the reeds in the water.

Well, leave it to you to find a double sun and a double reflection! I like this image too. I think I may prefer yesterday's landscape orientation but this one is nice too. Thanks for another great photo

Evelynn : )

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  • kojak Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 19] (163)
  • [2006-08-18 22:18]

Wow! Very nice work. Thanks for the note aswell. was very good to learn from. So you always underexpose for sunsets? Good to know, eager to try1
Thanks 4 sharing,

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