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Baltic Sunset

Baltic 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: 2006-12-27
Categories: Trees, Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 24-105mm F/4.0 L IS USM, Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/8 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Christmas 2006 in Sweden
Theme(s): My Sunsets and Sunrises [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-17 8:19
Viewed: 5891
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Just a quickie today... At work so not too much time...

First of all - A Belated Happy New Year to you all, since this is my first posting this year!

Taken on the 27th December, this is one of my first pictures using one of my 2 new lenses... So still a lot of things to learn... but I am reasonably pleased with it...

This was taken across the track from the Holiday home we were using on Gräsö island in Sweden over the Christmas and New Year period.

The sea water in the foreground is frozen, but the Baltic is a low salt sea so freezes more readily than normal seas and oceans do.

This was also the first time is used my new filter system as well which I have yet to add to my equipment. I finally went down the Lee Filter route and this picture was taken using the 0.6nd Hard HD graduated filter..

So the question is - what do you think - honestly and what can I do to improve with both the lens and the filters...

I think the sharpness needs assistance, but it was too dark for the camera to focus on where I wanted it and my eye sight is not very good... It was taken at around 3:30pm local time, with total darkness before 4pm...
And I think the single tree is too central, but the landscape did not allow for anything else...

Convereted from RAW, this is more or less as it came out of the camera.... No colour conversion or coloured filters (just the ND grad filter to underexpose the sky to get the foreground lighter) - this was the real colour that afternoon.

Many thanks in advance for any advice...

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Hello Emma,
I'm happy to see your posting again!
And what a "comeback"..! Seems like Sweden was offering great photo opportunities this Christmas...
Great atmosphere is recorded, created bu this amazing colours!
Well framed scenery with super details!
Pablo -

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-17 8:36]

Hi Emma.
I am happy to see you with us again. Very nice and pleasant to look view. Excellent composition with amazing colour palette of the cloudy sky, beautiful reflections at the water and charming play of lights and shadows. Sharpness of the image and its exposure are excellent. My compliments and TFS.

In waiting your new pictures.

Hello Emma,

Nice capture perefct detail svery crisp, perfect details very well composed and capture. Great colors Bg POv DOf nice work

TFS Kyle

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-17 10:35]

Hi Emma.
Amazing shot.Beautiful composition and very impressive atmosphere.Colours are wonderful and details too.
Very nice done.Thank for sharing.
Best greetings Milos

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  • tinman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
  • [2007-01-17 10:55]

Lovely!!!!! Great shot and I love it

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-17 14:47]

Hi Emma,
Great to see this wonderful sunset! Sky and water colours and composition make a beautiful image.
TFS, José M.

Hi Emma,
Great to see a photo from your vacation in Sweden. I was really looking forward to it. I am not that troubled with the position of that one tree, since the other two trees are higher and when you draw a line from those to the single tree and beyong, you get a nice diagonal line, roughly pointing toward the brightest spot in the photo. I don undestand your concern of the sharpness. I too have a problem with it when it comes to manual focus and darkness. I think it also has to do with the lousy viewfinder and me wearing glasses.
The mood of the colors and the texture in the clouds is just wonderful. The great clarity of the bottom half of the photo is perfect. The filter did its job perfectly. I do need to look at this photo again at home, since I am seeing some noise in the bottom left corner, but my monitor at work isn't good as seeing dark areas.

TFS and I hope to see some more shots from Sweden soon.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-31 15:18]
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Hi Emma

I couldn't decide which of the lovely shots to post on but I think this one slightly has the edge. Wonderful composition, I love all the details in the FG, great light, perfect exposure



Hi Emma,

Beautiful sky here, exactly the way I like. Maybe the shot is a bit overexpose in some part, but all the same a nice postcard.


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