Monday, April 17, 2006

Another Sunset

I got some very helpful feedback on yesterday's photo. I learned that everyone has different tastes. Your reactions were greatly varied!

Suby has warned me against abusing my Photoshop privileges. I think that last night's sunset is great on its own, so very little post processing was done. Today's photo required a slight cropping and mild adjustment of the levels. I'm still displeased with the amount of noise in my sunset photos. I know you can't see the noise at this size, but at the full resolution, it seems pretty bad. I've posted the original below. I took this picture last night from Kits Beach in Vancouver.

Canon S2 IS, 1/15 sec, f/8.0, 44mm, ISO 50


Blogger Laurie said...

I actually think I like the original better than the processed one, but my personal taste tends often towards subtle, and I was not able to view the original in a larger window for some reason.

That was a spectacular sunset!

It may be possible that the noise may be a result of the cameras limitations at higher resolutions under certain conditions. I know that mine has limitations under certain conditions at higher resolutions.

5:23 PM, April 17, 2006  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Now THAT is a killer!

8:06 PM, April 17, 2006  
Blogger Ash said...

Gorgeous sunset...

8:57 PM, April 17, 2006  
Anonymous david kleinert said...

spectacular sunset image ;)

9:32 PM, April 17, 2006  
Anonymous Emré said...

Great skyline, love the haze. -- instead of upper 1/5th, more sea to the bottom would be better? lovely..

9:54 PM, April 17, 2006  
Anonymous Shuva said...

Use a noise reduction software. A free community edition is available at:

Its very good. I use it.

10:15 PM, April 17, 2006  
Blogger pasivirta said...


10:17 PM, April 17, 2006  
Blogger Brent Vermilyea said...

Great captures. You did well at capturing the specatacle of them. Regards, Brent

11:20 PM, April 17, 2006  
Anonymous sil said...

I prefer the original one but it'a matter of personal taste... Anyway, both are good shots :)

12:08 AM, April 18, 2006  
Blogger Ali said...

I really like the way you captured the sunlighht in this shot. The added saturation (was that all or was there more?) makes it better.

7:33 AM, April 18, 2006  
Anonymous pixibition said...

nice capture...the color tone is fantastic:-)

7:52 AM, April 18, 2006  
Anonymous Gary said...

beautiful sunset

8:16 AM, April 18, 2006  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Thanks for the "light show" - it is spectacular. Something I have experimented with from time to time is to either add more foreground (to take the sky into the top third of the frame) or nearly remove the foreground to take the sun into the bottom third of the frame). The effects are different and sometimes add to the already amazing beauty of the scene (which this photo already has in abundance).

10:41 AM, April 18, 2006  
Blogger Nicola said...

Great sunset with dramatic clouds!

12:52 PM, April 18, 2006  
Anonymous Still said...

Sunset are always a pleasure for the eyes...

12:57 PM, April 18, 2006  
Blogger Don said...

Another beautiful sunset never gets old to me. Nicely done!

1:22 PM, April 18, 2006  
Blogger "K" Fingerett said...

I think I like the first picture better than the original. It just looks a bit more... powerful to me. The colors are really pretty.

Another great picture :)


1:55 PM, April 18, 2006  
Anonymous Lord Vader said...

Absolutely lovely


2:16 PM, April 18, 2006  
Blogger Tony said...

great sunset, and the slight tweaks are not out of place here... good stuff..

2:36 PM, April 18, 2006  
Blogger Wolf said...

Really nice shot! Well done!

4:00 PM, April 18, 2006  
Blogger Joy said...

Love them both! You're really doing great with your photography Tim! Keep up the great work.

6:06 PM, April 18, 2006  
Blogger ndiginiz said...

Tena koe ehoa
Prefer the bottom image of the sunset, although I can't get it to enlarge?
Thanks for dropping by "nativ flavaz"! Its nice to meet a fellow blogger and new commenter/critic.

12:05 AM, April 19, 2006  
Anonymous Alice said...

I like the original best also, but you did a good job with the saturation on the Photoshopped version. One thing I probably would've done on both is to crop out the dark band of sky at the top. I found it slightly distracting, but I think it's a fantastic photo! You did a great job. Keep up the nice work.

And it's not my intention to piss anyone off (this is just my opinion), I know some people view PhotoShop as "cheating" somewhat, and yes, it can be overdone at times, but it all depends on what YOU want to do with your images. If you like doing things in PS, don't be afraid to use it when you need. It's a very valuable tool. On my photos, I always make a note in the comments/info section of what I did in PS (if any post-processing was done).

Anyway, that's my 2 cents worth. Keep up the nice work!

6:05 AM, April 19, 2006  
Anonymous Peter said...

stunning sunset, makes me wanna be there!

7:33 AM, April 19, 2006  
Blogger 壁虎 said...

wow I like the fantastic sky!! Very nicely captured!!

6:23 PM, April 19, 2006  
Anonymous Joann said...

This is gorgeous! I probably would have done the same processing, although I don't think the cropping was crucial. But you should do what you feel the image needs. That's what makes it your image and not someone else's.

1:16 AM, April 20, 2006  
Anonymous MrC said...

can't beat a great sunset!
i prefer the 'edited' one .. the contrast is better & stands out more

7:48 AM, April 21, 2006  
Blogger rmacapobre said...

no wonder people in history worshipped the sun .. it looks amazing ...

12:42 PM, April 26, 2006  

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