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Sunset over river meads

Sunset over river meads

Taken on the meads between Ware and Hertford - A10 viaduct in the foreground.

I had thought it was shaping up to be a stunning sunset, but the cloud was just too heavy in front of the sun itself, didn't allow it to light up the underside of the higher clouds that I was hoping for.



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Date: Sat September 11, 2010
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I know the disappointment. I recall my experience as a new photographer doing his sunset lesson for his 35mm class. I waited all day near a beach thinking I would capture the fine hues of the sunset. But, it turned out to be a cloudless evening. And, the sun simply plopped into the sea. We can't control everything. My instructor understood. Each evening for 7 days it was exactly the same. My location simply does not have photographic sunsets.

Just would offer this suggestion regarding the post. If you are going to over contrast the foreground so much it might be best to capture merely the upper edge and show less foreground depth. That is a pretty large portion of the frame to devote to dead, featureless blackness.

Alas, you are the artist. And, I but a failed novice. So whom am I to question?
#1 Sun September 12, 2010 3:24am

Hi Bob, thanks for the critique. I did play with the crop a little, and ended up with this as I thought it balanced reasonably well - it is a fair bit of blackness, but when I tried it as just a thin strip I didn't think it showed much depth.

It's all down to the individual, so I don't think there's a right answer... unless anyone else has a view ?

cheers, Mike
#2 Sun September 12, 2010 9:33am

Like it.
#3 Sat September 15, 2012 11:28am

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