Sunset photography at the Indian ocean
Perth, Western Australia
February 20, 2018
Sony A6000, 1/60, f/22, ISO 400
The little something which makes one’s cross oceans and keep going – natural gems in our sky and on our Blue Earth. Of quietness and fire, of romantism and passion – life is a wonderful chaos.
Photo composition and camera settings
On the camera
About sunset photography – general settings
Sunset photography normally requires a close aperture and a quite low shutter speed to compensate the low amount of light. A tripod should also be used to get crisp photos.
I used for this photo aperture priority. Plus, I needed to master the depth of field – that’s to say the perspective. I needed to get all the photo plans crisp. From the foreground to the back of the photo, the plans keep their details. You obtain sharpness on each plan and perspective by using a close aperture (f/from 11).
The shutter speed is normally calculated by the camera when you use aperture priority. I increased a bit the ISO sensibility here in order to keep the shutter speed above 1’50. It’s a way of avoiding blur on the photo, especially when you have no tripod with you. Another reason of keeping the speed above 1’50 is the fact that the shutter speed shouldn’t be lower than your focal. Let’s say that if you use a 50 mm, you shouldn’t drop the speed below 1’50. The shutter speed is for this picture quite low. The sun was already behind the horizon and the available light quite spare. For this reason, the camera needs to let in more light. The curtain takes more time to go down, letting light come to the sensor. More details are thus captured from the clouds in the sky.
Image post editing
On the post editing software, I used three layers. The first one is the sky. I modified the contrast and increased the levels (colors) to intensify the colors of the clouds. Then, I increased slightly the sharpness on the whole layer.
I worked on the rest through a second layer. I increased the sharpness of the sea and enhanced the sun light reflecting on the water. For that, I modified the contrast and curves levels. I put the trees and boats on the background into shadows.
The third layer I used is the one for the rocks on the foreground. I enhanced the colors to make the rocks brighter.
I tried to create a feeling of deepness. The eye enters the picture through the rocks at the foreground. Then, the viewer is guided to the vanishing point (the furthest point at the back of the photo) through the twisted white line on the sea. There, the sea joins the sky. Finally, you see the impressive sky with its intense and pastel colors.
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