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Vivid Sunset



The amazing sunset as seen from the beach at the Havel near the Grunewaldturm im Berlin, Germany.

The amazing sunset as seen from the beach at the Havel near the Grunewaldturm im Berlin, Germany.
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topusaha
 
topusaha May 30, 2016
Nice one
Photovojac
Photovojac May 31, 2016
Thank you!
SuperPhotos PRO
 
SuperPhotos August 10, 2016
Nicely done!
Photovojac
Photovojac September 01, 2016
Thanks a lot!
ori
 
ori August 19, 2016
Awesome!
Photovojac
Photovojac September 01, 2016
Glad you like it! ;-)
KacperMichalik
 
KacperMichalik September 22, 2016
Perfect
Photobycoon
 
Photobycoon June 20, 2017
Amazing capture!
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Whitenblack July 22, 2018
Ace!!!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This picture was taken in Berlin. There are many great spots where you can go for a swim in the summer. This is a quite popular spot at the Havel, near the Grunewaldturm.
Time
When going to this spot for the first time earlier this year, I underestimated the time getting there. Unfortunately I missed the sunset back then. So coming back for a second time was a must. The day I took this shot, I arrived on time and had plenty of time setting up my gear. I took this shot in late April so there were no people around as it was way to cold to go for a swim.
Lighting
I order to get a proper exposure with the sun in the frame and to catch some moving clouds I had to use a neutral density filter. I ended up with slightly underexposed parts in the left corners but was able to recover some details in the dark parts in post processing.
Equipment
This was shot on a Canon 5D Mark III, with an 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM mounted on a Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 055 tripod with a 498RC2 ball head. To triggered the shot I used a cheapo remote control. As mentioned before I did attach a B+W 10-stop neutral density filter to my lens.
Inspiration
I love landscape pictures and sunsets. During the spring time you might visit spots which might be crowded during the summer days. I like the silence while being out there to shoot so I can focus on creating the image I have in mind. I've seen plenty amazing sunset pictures from great photographers. I guess all those images inspired my somehow.
Editing
Long exposure shots with a neutral density filter and the sun in the frame can be somehow challenging. You often have to correct the white balancing in post-processing even with high-quality filters. So I corrected the white balance and did recover some details in the dark areas of the image. Then I reduced the noise, sharpened the relevant areas of the image and adjusted the saturation in the sky.
In my camera bag
I kinda love to travel light. So I usually only have one body and two lenses in my bag. When shooting landscapes you need a wide-angle lens. About 80% of the time I'm shooting with my 5D Mark III and the 16-35mm f/2.8L II. I love that combination. I will never forget the moment I attached this lens to the newly purchased full-frame 5D Mark III a couple of years ago. It was so much wider than on my crop camera. The second lens in my bag is the amazingly sharp 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM. This lens is tack-sharp even at large apertures and even in the corners of the frame. It comes very handy when I need more focal length. Besides the cam and the lenses I always carry a 10-stop neutral density filter and a polarization filter with me.
Feedback
When shooting long exposure images a sturdy tripod is a must. In order to reduce unneccessary movement of the camera, which would have an impact on the sharpness of the image, I trigger the shots using a remote control and also activate the cameras mirror lock-up function. If you are confident, that your exposure is going to be fine while using a neutral density filter, use the cameras noise reduction function to eliminate as much noise as possible. Keep in mind that this process will double your "exposure time" as the camera will take a second shot with a closed shutter. You might use an App for your mobile phone which helps you calculate the proper exposure time when shooting with neutral density filters. Although you should always check the results, especially when the light is changing (e.g. during sunrise and sunset).

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