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Sunset On A Pensacola Beach



My wife and I were walking on a beach near Pensacola Florida as the sun was going down creating bands of color. The image was tone mapped so I could bring out ...
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My wife and I were walking on a beach near Pensacola Florida as the sun was going down creating bands of color. The image was tone mapped so I could bring out some of the detail in the foreground.
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IsabelPing
 
IsabelPing December 07, 2015
Beautiful

Behind The Lens

Location
Near Pensacola Florida on the Gulf Islands National Sea Shore.
Time
Very late in the day during sunset.
Lighting
I was looking for some foreground interest while walking down the beach with my wife. As is often the case I was going slow looking for something to photograph and Karen walked on ahead. One set of foot prints in the foreground belong to her. The footprints the shoreline and the water puddle in the foreground provided the interest I was looking for. When the result was viewed on the computer I was surprized by the layered nature of the colors on the horizon. That was not immediately apparent to the naked eye when I took the picture.
Equipment
This was taken by a hobby level super zoom made by Fuji. I have since retired that camera and I am now using a NIKON D800E. The image was taken hand held.
Inspiration
I was intrigued by the color on the horizon as the sun set and I wanted to capture that with some detail in the foreground as mentioned above.
Editing
No post-processing on this one. What you see is what I got. However it is a JPG image produced by the camera so whatever process FUJI uses in it's cameras to produce the JPG files would apply here. I find the JPG files from this camera are a little saturated compared to what was seen with the naken eye. The layering that I mentioned above may have been the result of the camera's processing of the image.
In my camera bag
NIKON D800E, NIKKOR 16mm Fisheye, Nikkor 105mm Micro, Nikkor 14-24mm/f2.8 Wide Angle, Nikkor 85mm f/1.8, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, SIGMA 150-600 Zoom. A varitey of ND and Polarizing filters and a Manfroto Tripod.
Feedback
I try to look at weather forecasts to try and get some idea of what the sky is likely to be like in the morning or evening, clear, cloudy etc. I am a fan of building Cumulo-Nimbus cloud late in the afternoon and evening. If the conditions are what I am looking for I then go and find some interesting foreground features that might go along with the sky giving the image some context. I am beginning to use software to help me determine how colorful the sunset or sunrise is likely to be. Once you have a weather condition you want and a place to shoot from it's a matter of being there early enough to get set up and ready. The light early and late in the day is fleeting leaving relatively small windows of opportunity. Some suggested apps to determine information you need for good sky shots: http://photoephemeris.com/, and to get an educated guess as to color in the sky at sunset and sunrise also by the Ephemeris people: http://photoephemeris.com/skyfire-for-tpe.

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