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Dramatic purple sunset in Borneo



A really unbelievable sunset in Borneo

A really unbelievable sunset in Borneo
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SnowbunnyPhotography Premium
 
SnowbunnyPhotography October 04, 2014
WOW! Breathtaking....
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
Thank you and it did feel breathtaking to me so I am pleased that has been conveyed to you :)
Ladybroken73
 
Ladybroken73 October 08, 2014
beautifully captured!
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
Thank you, I am pleased that has been conveyed to you :)
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta November 03, 2014
Wonderful sunset. Congratulations on being Featured.
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
Thank you.
drakkardarkblade
 
drakkardarkblade November 03, 2014
Fantastic.
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
It was to look at so am pleased that you agree!
iceman2
 
iceman2 November 03, 2014
Beautiful sunset capture.Congrats!
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
Thanks. It was to look at so am pleased that you agree!
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life November 03, 2014
WOW! so perfect ! :):)
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
Thanks. It was amazing to look at so am pleased that you agree with the wow factor!
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truetolifephotography January 16, 2015
I have a very exciting 2015 wildlife project as a direct outcome from my competition successes in 2014. Progress and updates along the way in all my social media channels and website. If you are interested in wildlife and conservation then you will have a keen interest in what I will be documenting in pictures and words. It is a fresh perspective on what is perhaps a known story but the angle will make you want to get actively involved when you appreciate what is required for us to do and how relatively easy to save ourselves on this planet by saving the habitats of the wildernesses of the world in particular to start with the rain forests..Stay tuned for my developments on this project!
scubasdaniel
 
scubasdaniel November 03, 2014
Beautiful
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
Indeed it was
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 November 03, 2014
Gorgeous photo. The framing around the view is well done and workd beautifully. Congratulations on your feature.
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
Thanks for the feedback which is always taken note of.
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 November 03, 2014
Sorry for the typo--even with spell check.
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 November 03, 2014
gorgeous..Congrats! ")
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
Hi Thanks and thanks for being one of my biggest fans :)
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SusiStroud November 03, 2014
Fantastic Capture!!! Congrats on your feature.
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
Thanks for the feedback and wishes.
skywatcher
 
skywatcher November 03, 2014
Gorgeousness...love it :)
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
Thanks for the feedback and wishes.
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Bruz November 03, 2014
Beautiful!! Congrats on the feature.
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
Thanks for the feedback and wishes
readysetgo
 
readysetgo November 04, 2014
Stunning photo.
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
Glad it has the impact with you I am hoping for. Was an astonishing scene to witness so I felt it important to bring it back in an image as faithfully as possible.
Tkay
 
Tkay November 04, 2014
Very well done! Perfect framing and beautiful colors! Congrats!
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
Thanks for the sentiments and feedback. Those two trees caught my eyes early on when looking for compositions so I was over the moon when I set up there and this remarkable sunset occurred.
geoffclark
 
geoffclark November 05, 2014
Nice work
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
Thanks for the feedback.
Joerg PRO
 
Joerg November 13, 2014
very beautiful image
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
Thanks for the feedback. Trying to capture only what I saw.
DAPhotography
 
DAPhotography November 15, 2014
What a view. Beautiful.
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
Indeed. I was pretty astonished myself!
alicepedenartime PRO+
 
alicepedenartime December 03, 2014
So beautiful with excellent framing.
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
Thanks for the feedback. getting the details and colours on the tree was something I was pleased to achieve with this shot
AgaPhoto PRO
 
AgaPhoto December 19, 2014
Amazing colors. Great composition.
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
Thanks for the feedback.
Etna PRO+
 
Etna January 14, 2015
Beautiful shot
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
Thanks Etna. The purples were off the charts no this occasion.
andrewlewis
 
andrewlewis January 15, 2015
serenity
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truetolifephotography January 15, 2015
Guess I had better change the title! ;)
CherylG
 
CherylG January 27, 2015
SO gorgeous!!!
Travelint
 
Travelint February 12, 2015
Beautiful!!
photogirl33
 
photogirl33 March 22, 2015
great capture! i wish i could go there!
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truetolifephotography March 22, 2015
That's exactly the take me there kind of reaction I like to hear from my images photogirl33
Etna PRO+
 
Etna March 28, 2015
Nice shot
GaryBridger Premium
 
GaryBridger March 28, 2015
Kotakinabalu Sutra harbour
truetolifephotography PRO
truetolifephotography March 28, 2015
Fairly close
jeffreycutlip
 
jeffreycutlip April 06, 2015
Great moment captured! Pass the 30spf I think I'm getting burned! I wish the sail boat had passed into the sun's reflection when exposed, still a really fine photo.
Punkypal Premium
 
Punkypal May 24, 2015
Absolutely beautiful.
dnkmedia
 
dnkmedia August 10, 2015
Wish I was there! Very nicley done!
MarshaMarie PRO+
 
MarshaMarie August 29, 2015
Gorgeous and peaceful! Amazing and beautiful!
darrellgillenwater PRO+
 
darrellgillenwater December 22, 2015
Beautiful shot
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Tanda4bama August 23, 2016
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pacinodeppfan1
 
pacinodeppfan1 May 23, 2017
Absolutely Beautiful!
linabulgaria
 
linabulgaria May 25, 2018
Perfect, bravo! :)

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in Kota Kinabalu, Borneo. I was on a long much needed holiday after recovering from a serious hand injury which had meant I could not use my camera at all for about 6 months. This photo along with several others that make up this series over 2 weeks was the very beginning of me catching up with building my portfolio! This one was halfway through the holiday.
Time
Approaching sunset. I had been trying to get out every day for a sunset (and sunrise) if I thought it might yield something. Borneo (from previous experience) seems to have some of the most incredibly beautiful light, daily variety of colours and distinctive sunrise/sunset hues and I have seen an awful lot of both around the world from the ground and in the air!
Lighting
Do you mean apart from the colour purple? Joking aside..Yes absolutely! It wasn't just the colour it was HOW the colour was being cast that made this such an amazing sunset. It was like a purple and orange eclipse or something akin to that. So the entire surroundings looked as if bathed in this colour combination. I simply could not believe it. Everywhere I looked was being painted with these colours which is why you also see it on the trunks of the palm trees. However, nothing prepared me for how this scene unfolded. The purple and the clouds became more intense and ominous looking and so I made a quick decision to relocate shortly after this in order to get more of the cloud formation into the subsequent captures. One of these images is also in my portfolio. As much as I liked this composition, the formation of the clouds later on would have been lost if I stayed here.
Equipment
This was taken with a Nikon D800E, a Nikon 16-35mm f/4, a Manfrotto tripod with Manfrotto head and cable release. No other equipment was used. I had a 2 stop graduated ND filter with me in a Cokin P series filter holder but I decided not to use it due to the other compositional elements.
Inspiration
Having spent a week here already I was looking for a different composition first of all. I had come to this spot earlier in the day and decided if things got interesting as sunset approached, I would start by positioning myself here. I had one other location in mind nearby for composition as a back up which proved handy as I explained earlier! Things did get very interesting... I had been watching the clouds forming in the late afternoon and experience from a workshop I had been on a couple of years before this shot was taken had prepared me to think "something" might happen here. I was happy enough with the elements in the scene as composed so it was all about waiting for the light and it went beyond expectations. What's funny is that this shot was taken calmly and I was well prepared for it but the increasing intensity of the colours and the clouds later on suddenly gave me a dilemma and made my heart race. The question I was asking myself was "should I stay here or should I rush to the other location"? I chuckle to myself now because I remember thinking that it was worth the risk to recompose despite my calm turning to mayhem as the part of the sky that had changed would have been mostly hidden by this composition. On balance, as I felt I had this one in the bag and the other location was within running distance, I decided to grab everything and run! It was worth it I think. The other image may not have the same depth with the trees in the foreground but I feel it makes up for it with the swirling shape and intensity of the colours.
Editing
The crop is minor. Slight adjustment for levelling. Apart from standard RAW corrections like sharpening and lens profile correction, the edits are solely about bringing back the colours as I saw them as close as possible. I have gotten to know the dynamic range of the D800E very well and knew that I could lift the shadows in the tree trunks very nicely revealing lovely textures on the bark and the gorgeous purple cast that was painting them. Additional vibrance and saturation from (standard) RAW is very limited here. A few dust spots removed and that's about it.
In my camera bag
Not an easy one to answer because I photograph everything from landscapes to sports, wildlife, underwater, and aerial. I have equipment to cover all of this pretty well. Although this image was captured with a 16-35mm lens, it was specifically on this trip that I fell in love with my prime Nikon 50mm 1.4D for landscape use. People talk about this lens and its newer version as a great one for portraits but I use it a LOT for landscapes. I think our eyes must "see" in 50mm! Works for me anyway. If really limited on space I will carry the 16-35mm, the prime 50mm and if possible the 70-200mm f2.8 and maybe my 2x teleconverter. Cable release of course. I have 3 different tripods of various sizes depending on space and a monopod plus a selection of ND filters plus a graduated ND with filter holder. Also standard polarisers but no colour correcting filters at all. Goes against my general truetolifephotography philosophy. I have nothing against their use just decided it's not for me. For the wildlife and sports I take my Nikon 400mm f2.8. Affectionately known as the "pig" as it's so heavy but I love it. I have a few other gadgets but I also like to travel with my canvas Domke camera bag. Just love the go anywhere, durable old school feel that it has. Underwater so far I have been using a Canon G9 with 2x Ikelite strobes (DS51 and DS161) in a Ikelite housing. Attachments include a wide angle lens and a 10x magnifier for macro work.
Feedback
For landscape work it helps to get to know a location well or do a workshop in a location where lighting direction knowledge is critical for success and the tutor knows the location well. Think equally about what to keep in the frame and what to keep out and pay attention to the scene as a whole and really try to make sure that the whole thing tells the story that you want it to. I wanted as tropical, holiday and almost melancholy feel to this image as possible which is why I put the foreground trees in the frame and included the elements like the islands and yacht in silhouette. A frame within a frame as well. It was also about observing the clouds and getting a feeling that the way they were forming would give a higher probably of an interesting coloured sky. Like I said nature often surprises you. Thankfully here things went beyond what I thought would happen. Sometimes it's the other way around. That's landscape photography for you! Be prepared either way.

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