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08.11.11         photography  

Red Sunset


So its been a while since I have gone out to shoot- I really, apologize. I desperately want to get out and shoot more, production and training the new assistants has had me tied down, but I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Wait…that sounds like I am dying or something. Im not dying…well…I guess in a really broad perspective we are all dying, but no, nothing immediate is planned.

I decided to try to catch the sunset tonight on Maui. This is what I ended up with:
For those of you who are interested in how I arrived to this, the thought process went something like this: (all but the last 2 shots are SOOC = Straight Out of the Camera)
Show up at the Beach "Dang" I think "The sun is going to be hiding behind a bunch of clouds. Looks like I may be wasting my time. Hmm…well, lets focus on making a nice texture of the waves and we can have the sun in the background behind a cloud or something, try to salvage this."
"Ok, this is good, and I like the texture of the waves, but I want it more misty, more flowing type feeling. Let's play with slower shutter speeds from .5-1.5 seconds." Camera goes on tripod. "That sky looks super boring….lets try a Red Cokin Filter to liven things up a little. It will probably look fake. Why do I hate cats?"
"Dang, I forgot on a full frame sensor that stupid filter holder gets into the shot. Its going to need to come off. I will also need an addition .6 grad filter to bring the exposure of the sky down. Can probably hand hold them as long as I dont move the camera." (Filter gradient edges were aimed at the horizon).
"Ok, this is looking a little better, lets play with some different compositions of rocks. Dang that sky looks so stupid and fake. Lets move the tripod around a few inches 30 different times."
"Ok, I think I really do like this original set up. Sky still looks fake. Lets see what happens if we tweak the foreground with Michael Andrew Paintballer Pro Presets "
"Now we are talking....a little. Need to straighten the horizon out, remove the surfers with the clone tool."
Final Image:

Canon 5DII , Canon 16-35mm 2.8 L @16 mm, Hand holding Cokin Red and .6 grad filters, f13, Shutter Speed 1.3", ISO 50 , Processed with Michael Andrew Paintballer Pro Presets

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