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Easter sunset

Easter sunset
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2164 W: 225 N: 4748] (16656)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-26
Categories: Flowers, Mountain, Sky
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC, Cokin P121M
Exposure: f/16, 3 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-28 5:16
Viewed: 4272
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello again everyone

I managed to find some more free time now that we celebrated Easter here, so i got out on one afternoon to do some fresh shooting (i was also celebrating the "rebirth" of my camera :))

I found this nice place on top of a hill not far from my hometown (about a 40 minute drive) and since the weather was so nice, i decided to stay for the sunset.
Since it was a rather cold spring so far, the flowers haven't started popping up yet (at least not many of them) but the hill was full of some very nice small yellow "buttons' that i tried including in the FG here.

As an interesting fact, these hills in this region were once (a long time ago) part of the "beach" of the Pannonian Sea (from which only Lake Balaton in Hungary now remains), so if you are careful enough, you have a good chance to find some very nice shell fossils
on the rocksides.

Tech-talk: This is my first attempt to use two exposures for a shot. The difference of light between the sky and the FG was too big for any ND grad filter i have, so i took two identical shots but at two different shutter speeds - one to properly expose the ground and the other for the sky. Then i simply put the two images one on top of the other in Photoshop and erased the unwanted part from the one on the top in order for the other one to show. (as you can see, i'm not that good with merging layers so i simplified the process). This is what turned out...hope you'll like it :)

You can find some more photos I took here on my website.

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Filter: Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Pol. + Cokin P121 S
Focal Length: 17mm
Shutter Speed: N/A
Metering Mode: Evaluative metering
Exposure Bias: N/A
F-Stop: f/16
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 8 PM
Weather conditions: clear

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1129 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-04-28 6:04]

Hello Horia
Beautiful sunset.Good POV and lovely sun colors.Interesting text to.
TFS Michel

Hi Horia
Another great delicte landscape. I like the rocks on foreground - very good compo. Good exposure and great moood. Sky is mesmerizing ;-)
Best wishes

Hi Horia!

It certainly was not easy to get a quite detailed foreground under these light conditions. Your exposure settingsgive part of the answer. It's interesting to see how you managed this. Moreover, the picture is not only technically perfect and interesting, it also generates emotions and pleases for its romantic and peaceful atmosphere. It reflects very well what we can feel when the sun goes down...

Kind regards


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-04-28 8:04]

Very nice sunset capture.I liked wide angle view,large DOF and sunrays a lot.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-28 9:30]

Hi Horia.
Very nice shot(s) and interesting technique. I like the result at whole. You can try also HDR-technology for solving similar tasks too. Wonderful scene and excellent reproduction of its features. Colour tones and shadows are delicate and pleasant. I also like great composition and framing of the image. Well done and best regards.

Hello Horia,
First of all a Happy Easter.
Nice foreground buttons through your "Easter" camera...
More than an attempt IMO.
Well done
TFS and greetings

Dear Horia!
What a wonderful shot! This must be a very peaceful area, and a beautyful one :)
Great light and composition, I like a lot natural colours and panoramic view (even if the photo is not horizontal!).
It is also nice to hear that your camera is still alive! It is good not only for you but also for everybody who like to watch nice and interesting pictures! :)
Congratulations also because of your web page, a lot of very good quality photos are included there :)
Best greetings from Lodz my Friend!

PS. You are right, the new season was just started, and I am starting to affraid it - on 16 May the true "maraton" of different trips will start (mainly field trips with my students) ;) Anyway, it will be also a great time for collecting something interesting (I hope) and to take some good pictures ;)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-04-28 11:40]

Hello Horia,
What a lovely sunset and I like the way you've managed to show the flowers and stones in the foreground. Wonderful light and colours too. An interesting technique you've used! I like the layout of your web site too and all your fine captures!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hi Horia,
What a beautiful and relaxing sunset capture my friend.
Splendid composition.
TFS and best regards,


nice scene great colors in the sky, the ground looks a little dark though, I would try to lighten it up a bit

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-28 13:10]

Hi Horia

Lovely shot with great timing and composition. Very skillfull technique.


PS Now it looks like my trip to Romania is off as well - same reason.

Yes Horia you do manage these images well in the vertical and have not lost your touch. Without having said it was Easter, it would have still be quite lovely and clear, but knowing the day makes it even more impressive and shows how much importance notes are!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-28 15:05]

Hello Horia!
What a magical shot!
That sky is amazing!
A really great idea to use two different exposures... I tried this once but it didn't come out well :-(
Magnificent colours and stunning light.
Very well composed too.
I feel there could be a bit more interest in the FG but I do love the rocks and yellow buttons :-)
Excellent sharpness and clarity.
Very, very good work!

Cheers mate!


P.S any news on the battered lens yet?

Hi Horia,
Again a beautiful shot - EXCELLENT work.
I enjoyed the "tech" talk part of the note very much. We need more people like you here on TN :)
Very well done,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-29 12:01]

Hi Horia . This looks such a beautiful looking place to spend a spring eve. worth the wait to get this picture. you have taken it just at the right time. a warm glow in the colours. well done TFS.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-30 6:53]

Hi Horia,
oooh i wish i could get a sunset like that...we just get rain rain rain at the moment! Fingers crossed the weather will have turned in a couple of weeks!
Excellent job on the merging of these two exposure's, it really works. Something i must try myself. Lovely elevated POV and wonderful coluors from the dying sun, excellent job.

Hello Horia,
This is an elegant image, very well composed!
The colour palette is wonderful as the light from the setting sun is filtered through the haze...
Effective foreground interest and a fine feeling of depth!
Pablo -

Hello Horia,
Another wonderful sunset with the best colour contrast in the whole composition!
very nice fg perspective with good colour towards the far distance of sunset, just brilliant!
many thanks for the sharing, my friend!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2271 W: 64 N: 4205] (13964)
  • [2008-05-07 5:41]

Hi Horia,
Lovely sunset photo. I like the composition, exposure control and color tones. TFS

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