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Back to Work or Sunrise vII

Back to Work or Sunrise vII
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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: 2007-11-16
Categories: Trees, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 24-105mm F/4.0 L IS USM, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/11, 6 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Tree, My Sunsets and Sunrises [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-21 9:31
Viewed: 4024
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One or two of you have asked to see a little more of the sunrise I posted in my last post. So just for them (and anyone else who is curious), here is the earlier part of the sunrise.

The picture was taken at the 28mm focal length, 20 minutes earlier in the sunrise than my previous picture.

Even from 6:20am, it was clear that it was going to be a beautiful sunrise. I finally went back to bed at 7:05am to get warm again before getting. I took over 100 photos, some long exposures like this one at 6 seconds, others much shorter exposures. The longest were 30 seconds.

Why not change the ISO and get shorter exposures? Well I like to play with settings and wanted to see what my new camera would do.

So this was taken using the window sill to support the camera lens, a bean bag to support the camera body, mirror lock up to reduce vibrations and 2 second timer release to automatically release the camera shutter and take the picture. And just to confuse you all it was underexposed by -2/3EV

Why the bean bag and the window sill? Well it was too dark to find the tripod and I did not want to ruin my night vision by putting on the light. My torch was downstairs hanging on the key rack from the last power cut and I did not want to miss any of the sunrise by going downstairs to find it!

Why the -2/3EV? Well because I had forgotten how to change the exposure compensation on the new camera... well I could remember but the camera was not doing it... What I had forgotten was that there are 2 ON settings, and only one of them changes all the settings I use and in the dark, I had stopped short at the first ON and not passed through to the second ON that looks like a return symbol on the keyboard! But I left the picture underexposed when developing it because I prefer it that way!

I have corrected a little barrel distortion via my camera software (Canon Digital Professional Pro 3.2.0), and cropped a little of the darker field out from the bottom, but otherwise no settings have been changed or altered (except for resize, USM and border).


PS I returned to work yesterday for a few hours a day, but am very tired as a result at the moment, but seem to be slowly finding my feet again.

PPS - I feel I should point out that the composition is controlled by a gap in the hedge here, and that the tree is central becuase it grew in the wrong place ;-) I left the cropping alone to show as much of the sunrise as possible.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-21 9:54]

Hi Emma

Glad to hear that you are getting a little better. I have just returned from California (yesterday) so have missed some of your other postings.

Great colours - and I like the way you have used the vapour trails. Colours are lovely too - plus well thought out composition - low, central tree plus branches on right.


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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-11-21 10:14]

hi emma,
very nice sunrise with nice colors..cloud patterns are amazing,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-21 10:29]

Hello Emma,
what a wonderful sunset!
A pin-sharp capture with crisp edges.
Amazing colours and lighting.
Excellent composition.
Well done,

A simply wonderful skyscape with tonality mixtures that one can imagine must have been a blessing to see in person. Very well done Emma. Happy you are posting.

Hello Emma,
Wonderful colours and a peaceful landscape!
Seems like the morning aircrafts have contributed to the pattern in the sky...
Lovely colour gradient from deep blue to burning red!
Pablo -

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-21 13:53]

Hi Emma,
You've often mentioned to me in the past that you always like to underexpose sunsets/sunrises to saturate the colour a bit more and i can see why, it really works. Seems like you've been having fun with your new toy, it's definitely produced a great result here. The composition is good, even though you were governed by the gap in the hedge! All in all great shot with a wonderful peaceful mood.
(great to hear you're still improving with your health too :o)

Lovely layers of color as the day comes to an end Emma. I like the wisps of clouds criss-crossing the sky..
The man upstairs left his signature for you to see :)
Very well done,

Hi Emma,
It looks really beautiful out there.
I've enjoyed a lot your comments about the underexposure settings. :-) It happened almost the same to me trying to find where the continues sooting were.
Even so the result is so good.
I'm glad to hear everything is going on ok for you again.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

hello emma,
lovely landscape shot, the sunlight has created magic on the sky, the natural shades look so beautiful here, well composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Emma,
A beautiful capture of this lovely sunrise scenery. Excellent composition and colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-22 1:20]

Hi Emma,
Great colors of the sunrise, beautiflly capture
like the silhouette of that tree on the horizon
Regards, Dejan

Stunning colours and details make it. A very romantic composition. Well done.
Best wishes,

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