Photo Tip: Shooting sunset (or sunrise)

sunsetPierWith the nice weather upon us, many people are thinking about photographing sunsets Or sunrises, which I prefer. But they don’t always look the way we think they should when we load the images into our computer. Having the sun filtering through a few clouds makes the picture more dramatic. A cloudless sunset is usually pretty boring. And it always helps to have something in the foreground, a shot of the sun setting over the water usually lacks an element or two in the image.

If I want the sun to be big in the picture, I use as long a telephoto as I can. This shot from my Meetup last Sunday was done with a 70-200mm lens with a 2X teleconverter giving me a 400mm lens. Then to add extra drama, make something a silhouette in the foreground, it adds that extra wow factor. And your exposure usually needs to be darker than you think. I meter right above the sun to get the sky good and dark. Unless the sun is peeking through fog, it will usually come out a white circle even when it looks yellow to your eye. There isn’t much you can do about that.

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