Saturday, July 29, 2006

Bowen Island Sunset

Bethany took me to a great little lookout point at Lighthouse Park this week. We enjoyed a picnic as we watched the boats entering English Bay. As the sun began to set behind Bowen Island, we both sat in awe as we saw the last rays of sunshine pouring through the mist over the mountains to the north.

I'm not sure of the best technique to capture this sort of lighting. I tried overexposing in order to accurately represent the misty quality, but the colours looked washed out. This probably would have been a good candidate for layering several different exposures, but the expansive scene required a panorama, so that just seemed like too much work.

I settled on a slight underexposure. It means I lost the details of the island, but I'm okay with that.

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 28mm, f/3.5, 1/800 sec, ISO 50


Blogger micki said...

This is your best photo yet! A beautiful work of art.

Graduated filters are great in these situations.

11:48 AM, July 29, 2006  
Anonymous Laurie said...

I agree about the Grad ND filter. I don't have one yet and they come in a variety of levels, so I am not even sure what to get so I haven't yet. Plus they aren't cheap for digital and I have several different size lenses...sigh...

I like this shot very much. The only problem is pano's don't show well in blogger and they always end up feeling a little clipped. So they are never done justice, which is a shame.

3:54 PM, July 29, 2006  
Anonymous Mom said...

I like this picture. I also like the previous ones of the pier and dock. There is a message in those pictures...I won't elaborate. But,
I like the contrast between the two. The pier is only the reflection.A tad distorted too. You're not seeing the real thing. The dock you are seeing both and comparing clearity. Since the pier is just the reflection, one doesn't need to compare clearity, just see it as it is captured in the shot. I like it. Wish I had some mornings to go do that sorta thing. We can learn so much by paying attention to the world around us. Most miss it because they aren't seeing it through a camera lense. You are indeed blessed! Great shots by the way.
Love ya,
Mom McClellan

9:03 PM, July 29, 2006  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Great skyline! I like the softness in this shot. Well done!

9:57 PM, July 29, 2006  
Anonymous Emr√© said...

Nice seascape, did you combine multiple shots in this one?

Laurie: why not get a outer square one that fits all? I don't know but perhaps it exists.

10:44 PM, July 29, 2006  
Anonymous Joann said...

The clouds are wonderful! This is very beautiful and I think you hit it right on.

11:54 PM, July 29, 2006  
Anonymous faustina said...

A beautiful scene. I think it's just right, a beautiful image.

7:38 AM, July 30, 2006  
Blogger Yanik said...

Thats gorgeous!!! What a picture..Great crop too...

8:48 AM, July 30, 2006  
Blogger Paul said...

Wow! Tim, you did everything right on this one, and I mean EVERYTHING. I love the panorama. You're right about the technique, the ideal thing would have been to take a few exposures, about 1 stop apart. At this time of the day, perhaps one per the meter, 1 over + 1 under. Then, do your layering in PS, but you've captured it so well, nothing else needs to be done!

4:01 PM, July 30, 2006  
Anonymous Jeff said...

I agree with paul (and everyone else for that matter). IMHO you made the right choice to expose for the sky and let the land be silhouetted. To do the opposite is to wash out the light and, afterall, it's the light that that causes us to be in awe. This is a wonderful shot. (BTW I also agree with whoever said that blogger is not the best for panorama shots...that's why I went to my-expressions.)

9:13 PM, July 30, 2006  
Anonymous Suby said...

Nice pano shot. Like it, my only pmroblem here is that the image is soo small, even when you click on the image you still don't treally get the full beauty of this shot, you cheating me out of the full effects :(

Anyway lovely capture.


3:45 AM, July 31, 2006  
Anonymous Steve W said...

Superb shot Tim, exposed just right. I bet this would turn out wonderful in print.

5:06 AM, July 31, 2006  
Anonymous Alice said...

Beautiful shot, Tim! I think you did a great job with the exposure. Perfect!!

5:39 AM, July 31, 2006  
Anonymous Karl Baumann said...

WOW, impressing panorama shot. I can feel the depth ...

12:53 PM, July 31, 2006  
Anonymous MrC said...

quite simply ... beautiful !

5:21 AM, August 03, 2006  
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