I count myself very lucky to witness this scene. I was attracted by the blue, red, orange and black colors, like a painted colorbook by school children.
This was 1/40s shutter speed and I had to hold steady at best I could.
Initially, I thought I would focus on the sun, sky, river and included just the bow of the ship, carefully avoiding the mast. After a while, I thought it would make a difference to have the ship.
So 15 minutes later, I compromised with a part of the sun, sky, water, clouds, and the ship, mast and its craned boom which is straight up here.
In this view, you get to see the craned boom working frantically in spotlights and in such sunset light, at overtime most probably due to Chinese New Year just around the corner and a lot of cargo goods to be transferred in and out.
Looking at it now, I like the red sky immediately behind the craned boom, as if imagining firing up missiles kind of movie stuff?
As the rays dimmed when the sun dipped further down the horizon, it was found that the sky lit up in bright red, like a painted sky from a school children's coloring workbook.
Anyhow, coming back to sunset. Everyday, the sunset is never the same as the day before. Each is special and unique. This is Nature's way to let us admire and appreciate its beauty. Such is Nature's best offer to us, everyday without fail.
Thank you for looking.
Brighter sunset 15mins earlier
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rbellemare (2109) 2008-01-16 10:34
Very nice picture, I like the sharpness. Well done.
avene (12675) 2008-01-16 10:40
another masterpiece, Bill. superb colours, and I have to fight the impulse to shout "that cannot be real!" for I know that this is not the limit of what the nature can throw at us :) I like a lot your choice to include the ship in the frame, it definitely adds a point of interest and its dark silhouette provides a striking contrast with the flaming skies. I also like how the mast mirrors the bright lines of the cloud formations, feels as if they radiate from the same point. great shot.
kagemusha (1288) 2008-01-16 10:47
amazing colors! also sharpness and composition are really attractive.
Zolive (5895) 2008-01-16 10:53
amzing sky.This sunset is wonderful and colors are magificient and so intense. Congratulations.
vero07 (1781) 2008-01-16 11:18
I like this shot as well. Similar to your previous one but with diferent colours. It's a perfect idea the inclusion of this boat in the image.
Thanks for your useful information and TFS.
noborders (1010) 2008-01-16 11:24
What a fire in the horizon ! Splendid photo, mostly thanks to the FG (IMHO) : that big boat with 2 meaningful flash lights...
Tobias__Ortmann (2638) 2008-01-16 11:34
Wow amazing shot
great colours with nice composition
I like the reflections on the water
siamesa (27703) 2008-01-16 13:46
Dramatic picture Bill. It is a fantastic image.
Matthew-Watt (6043) 2008-01-16 15:26
Impressive photo, the setting sun certainly sounds elusive in your part of the world over the past few months. The image is attractive because of the combination of warm colours and black contrast with the frame and fishing vessel. The shapes provided by the boat are useful also by transforming the FG from being potentially empty to having an actual purpose, while the towering mast helps to provide the vertical dimension to the scene. Excellent saturation, not overdone, just at the right level. Congratulations. Very good for a hand held shot.
jusninasirun (17156) 2008-01-16 17:29
Interesting note that I was so engrossed reading it.
The perspective of this sunset is now wider and the ship in semi silhouette is just an awesome fg subject like a foliage landscape composition. The sky remained brilliant and don't you just love the changing colors that only happens once in any situation. I'm sure you enjoyed taking this shot as much as watching the real stuff.
alftrek (3270) 2008-01-16 18:57
I think I can safely say this is the best sunset shot taken by a local photographer. Fantastic colours.
You are right, having the ship is dfinitely better.
Cheers and all the best,
WaterSprite (180) 2008-01-16 23:41
This is gorgeous! The clarity of the clouds all the way down to the silhouettes on land is superb. The dramtic colors leave me speechless. Excellent post! Always, TFS.
ChrisJ (94316) 2008-01-17 0:37
A wonderful silhouette of the ship at right, nicely outlined against the superb, tropical sunset. Good colour & composition. Tfs!
mikeo (12129) 2008-01-17 0:57
Sky really looks like painted by great artist! Colours are wonderful, lot of colours and incredible clouds make this shot so cool! Great composition with this ship...
gildasjan (40738) 2008-01-17 1:24
Quel tableau coloré!Excellent rendu avec les éléments du premier plan en ombres chinoises.Presque irréalistes ces couleurs.
Bravo et bonne journée.
carper (96) 2008-01-17 2:13
this is also a good one Bill,
marvelous colours, well composed shot, good contour of the boat, very good photojob, I like it, have a nice day.
zhelach (3626) 2008-01-17 2:13
WOW! Wonderful colors, nice atmosphere, beautiful reflection on the water! Bravo Bill!
TFS, Best regards, Zorica
saylan-cb (12738) 2008-01-17 3:32
Very nice shot...
Great colours and image...
I like the sharpness and reflections...
cfreire (11739) 2008-01-17 4:32
Superb shot about this splendid sunset well composed with great colors. This ship on the right became very attractive and broke the great yellows spotlights. So, it's an artistic picture. Well seen, well done. Best Regards, Consuelo
robob (3646) 2008-01-17 6:59
Effectivement, tu as été très chanceux de bénéficier d’un tel spectacle !
Ces couleurs sont extraordinaires !
La composition est également superbe avec la présence de la proue du bateau,
Du très bon boulot !
Bien à toi,
tabora (0) 2008-01-17 9:58
Très belle photo aux couleurs endiablée.
Lucifer descend sur Terre.
vasariste (981) 2008-01-17 12:58
Very, very good. So expressive! I like the way you framed it and the proportion of the parts of the photo.
plimrn (21344) 2008-01-17 13:35
The boat makes a fine focal point against lovely curves of color in the sky. Just beautiful.
gracious (20025) 2008-01-17 13:49
This is another good one with more dramatic effect from the painted sky!
good focal point to brings sharpness, vivid colour and details on the shot
well done indeed
shevchenko (19051) 2008-01-17 19:17
Attractive colourful sky in evening, good pov to include the giant ship, thanks for sharing the sunset at Rajang River.
crckt (7218) 2008-01-17 20:22
Indeed you are very lucky to see this, this is amazing stuff. Your composition and colors are excellent.
snowfalken (1116) 2008-01-18 0:43
This picture is similar to the previous one. At least from the POV of composition and subject. Here the colors are colder but also well balanced by the golden sunset tones. The low horizon line allows you to show this fantastic sky. Well done and thanks for sharing!
With Friendly Regards,
snunney (78711) 2008-01-18 1:02
I am glad you decided to include more of the ship and the crane; their silhouettes add much to the overall image and provided a good foil for that superlative sky. Wonderful tones and clarity; I like the suns rays dancing on the rippling waters. Very good work.
rabani (9645) 2008-01-18 1:03
I would be hard pressed looking for a sunset by any river in Sabah. Still, seeing your photo, I feel like kicking myself for not stopping the other day on the way back from an assignment.
It has more or less the same drama as yours with colors and tones going crazy, as if the day was throwing tantrum with the setting sun.
But when you look at the water surface, seeing it not as dramatic albeit simmering, it can have a calming effect on one self.
I wouldn't take this composition any other way Bill.
danos (82649) 2008-01-18 5:41
really this sunset in the river is fabulous.A first rate panoramic capture of Rajang river. Indeed, it is so much better to provide the expansive horizontal view here. The subdued light, with the sun still painting pastoral colors in the clouds makes this a memorable shot.The silhouette of the ship, on the foreground make the capture more interesting.Well done Bill.
Bluejeans (64247) 2008-01-18 9:24
Parabens!!! , ficou fantastico este por do sol , com este barco aqui em primeiro plnao , o ceu ficou magnifico lindas as cores, bom enquadramento da foto , parabens!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
zmey (7335) 2008-01-18 9:58
this really is a luck, lucky shot. and well executed too. marvellous sunset sky and the boat is right where it should be. beautiful!
my compliments and TFS
pierrefonds (54574) 2008-01-18 12:56
A beautiful sunset scenery which is giving special colors to the sky, the sea and a set of shadows to other areas of the picture. The point of view is giving depth to the photo, it is also well framed. Thanks for sharing.
charlotte_iona (1115) 2008-01-18 15:03
It's a gorgeous sky, of course - but it's the framing with the silhouette of the boat in the foreground that makes it a gorgeous photograph.
rminkow (1556) 2008-01-18 20:55
Hi Bill..this is a great shot...fantastic details and sharpness with a great composition.
jhm (134416) 2008-01-19 0:36
This are maybe colours that we find in Malaysia, but I find this picture very nice.
Alone the contrast between the dark silhouette of the boat and the reflections in water give a fantastic composition, very pleasant for look it.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice weekend,
azaf1 (15929) 2008-01-19 1:42
Yes, that's it, Bill!
A magic moment to capture, a great scene
jlbrthnn (79791) 2008-01-19 5:29
the sky is gilded and the boat is on fire. It is one splendid sunset. Good settings and good framing. Cheers.
Have a nice day and weekend
Cretense (68681) 2008-01-19 9:12
Wow, one of the most impressive skies and sunset photos I have seen lately! But it's not just the light managment and marvellous colours, but there is also a great composition in this photo and an amazing overall definition that make it stand out! Congratulations!
toto (0) 2008-01-19 10:50
Belle photo de ce coucher de soleil superbe, les différent tons dans le ciel et sur l' eau sont magnifiques et ont attirée mon regard comme beaucoup d' autres d' ailleur. Cette photo est une réussite et je la met dans mes préférées.
stego (22558) 2008-01-19 11:28
When they are well caught, like this is, sunsets are irresistible. And when the sky and so amazing as they are here...
I think I like this even more than the other one. It's gorgeous! The silhouette of the ship gives some welcomed "3D".
Rosa (0) 2008-01-19 12:13
Excellent tableau coloré, ce bateau est tres bien rendu en ombres chinoises, magnifique toutes ces couleurs du ciel, c'est grandiose felicitation.
jvsb (1366) 2008-01-19 12:25
Wonderful sunset colors, cloud display and foreground. I love the fact that you walked us through your compositional decisions, and, yes, the inclusion of the ship made the picture, without which it would look dull and akin to any other river. The v-shaped, red-lit clouds are the real extra. The fact that it looks as if coming from the ship is superb!!!
Nevertheless, I don’t quite understand why you compromised sharpness with a long hand-held exposure, something that, even if not noticeable here, must be fairly apparent in the original, when you could have used a higher iso (200 or 400). No matter how steady one can hold the camera (and with a wide-angle it won’t look so bad in small print), sharpness will never be optimal, unless we are talking of 1/500 sec. exposure. But I know you would have opted for a tripod if you could.
As for post-processing, maybe you could compress the photo just enough to produce a 200Kb file, since the lousy jpeg produces terrible noise all over the pic.
gunbud (34066) 2008-01-19 19:34
Another fantastic sunset with the beautiful purple, gold and blue colors complimenting each other wonderfully. The large ocean linner is a very interesting element to go along with the elegant colors.
sayeed_rahman (5987) 2008-01-19 20:37
Hello Bill..youve indeed gone very far with the sunset series..it just keeps getting better..doesnt it ?
Love this one too..i mean you wait for the right time..you think this could make the best shot..and the light changes the very next moment..and you have something better...you are addicted to the colours of sunsets..
Is there an instictive fascination for sunsets or is there a deeper story behind it..you know people have their philosophies..after a certain point every photograph that you click represents you...have you reached that milestone ?
thiv56 (1590) 2008-01-20 2:03
A great sunset photo with a marvellous sky! TFS.
wishlist (4133) 2008-01-20 6:43
this is a truly amazing shot! I like the choice to include part of the boat in the compo with its silhouette giving a nice contrast to that wonderful sky. Quality is excellent throughout as well as the incredibly beautiful colours you managed to catch. Great job!!
Thanks for sharing!
ekinokswest (2994) 2008-01-21 7:46
yes you are lucky but what brings you that luck is your effort and always keeping your camera with yourself everything looks very original except for that yellow light far across
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2008-01-22 9:45
Hi, Bill -
Beautiful capture and great composition. I am concerned about what looks like some sharpening artifacts around the mast, though.
chrisnet (21088) 2008-01-22 11:20
Amazing sunset, very nice for my eyes, good inclusion of the boat at the right, a fabulous shot indeed!
Bruno40 (6658) 2008-01-23 4:35
Yes, you were very blessed to see this scene, and I thank you for sharing with us.
You could have just shot the sky, but you added the ship to the fg, resulting in a very attractive composition.
There is a kind of halo around the ship, but doesn't bother much... I have to close in a lot to notice.
mirarer (4751) 2008-01-24 13:06
The sunset is absolutely impressive but I like also the way you have composed the photo with the boat silhouette in the right of the photo. Great contrasts, colors and sharpness.
pboehringer (770) 2008-01-24 15:44
this one is even better compared to your previous one. The larger inclusion of the ship makes it much better, besides the intensity of the colors gives such a powerful view. Wonderful PP, although I would have tried to lighten up a little bit the shadows from the ship. I would have loved to see more detail there and not just the silhoutte. I know, I'm asking for the impossible!
aloyho (6798) 2008-01-24 20:39
Thought of writing on your earlier sunset shot but decided to leave the lucky 88 undisturb. This is a great one with very dramatic sky and colours. I like the sheen on the river surface which is appealing and the ship compliment well in this composition. Congratulations!!
Regards and a great day ahead.
claudeD (30131) 2008-01-25 11:11
Hello Bill fantastic sunset shot.I like it very much and I have added it to my favorites.Very good photo job.
With regartds from Luxembourg
leo61 (0) 2008-01-26 0:42
Yes,like a painting .Wonderful colors and good composition with this boat and crane.
vincz (19099) 2008-01-26 1:06
Fantastic sunset shot, so well composed with the boat silhouette. Great work, I love it!
miumiu (4618) 2008-01-26 4:10
Amazing colours and view!
Atmosphere is very romantic! Very nice!
jorgi (3810) 2008-01-27 3:19
how can I write objective and constructive critique when I see a capture like this one. I'm overwhelmed with intensive and dynamic sky offering as much pleasure as one can imagine. Astonishing. Humble admiration of natures work.
Truja (4953) 2008-01-29 0:55
impressive sunset, is a view of enormous beauty and magnitude. The force of the nature is incredible and this sky "in flames" is a wonderful gift. The rich ones and varied tonalities of the sky create a surrounding atmosphere of magic and mystery and the presence of the enormous boat in backlighting is brilliant. It seems the end of the world approached?
CatherineD (4864) 2008-01-29 13:40
A great sky Bill with amazing clouds and so much tones! The placement of the boat is excellent. A perfect shot,
Cutajar (285) 2008-01-31 6:37
Great , wonderful, fantastic photo.
kiks (11749) 2008-02-05 8:55
Hi Bill, magnificent colors indeed and including including the ship was a good choice to give more life to the composition. I found the grain at the sky a bit disturbing. I guess this come because of PP saturation. I would use Neat Image to get the noise out.
Still an incredible beautiful scene that i'm glad you share with us.
lucasgalodoido (21051) 2008-02-19 18:51
fantastic yours capture, the sky colors are great and silhouette of ship is fantastic. Good work and your best image!
Congratulations and Hug!
ricard (653) 2008-02-20 10:15
Amazing colours, good sharpness, one of the best pictures I´ve seen in your gallery.
Your Tamron 17-50 is as good as a Nikkor lens. Long time ago i thought the best optic in the world was the Nikkor lens, but after seeing a lot of pictures of the people with Tamron lens i must addmit that Tamron lens are as good as Nikkor lens and i suppose they are cheaper! I suppose we are slaves of the publicity and myths of the new tecnology.
You're now in my list of favorites and when i get time i will explore your gallery slowly because i would like visit Indonesia, Malaisia and the South of Thailand in the future.
mifsud (66) 2008-02-21 14:10
WOW!!! Your photos always manage to keep me out of breath. It's been a long time since I managed to sign in into TE, and I'm glad I've done it to see such lovely pics as yours.
Love the sharpness, the point of view, the composition, the colours!
jafadabret (56497) 2008-04-11 0:42
Bill, c'est une excellente composition avec ce bateau en contre-jour au premier plan devant un ciel de rêve. L'eau a de beaux reflets.
MarianneS (15338) 2008-04-18 12:48
Hi again Bill,
I am visiting your gallery. It is full of wonderful shots! Congratulations.
This one is absolutely spectacular.
I could not see it without leaving a note again.
Vanessa132 (94) 2008-04-25 12:26
really amazing sky!! Such great colors...very beautiful!
Good POV with the ship... Well done!
bisok (948) 2008-05-11 3:17
This is the one of the best pictures you have taken. Excellent colours and shadows. Amzaing point of view. Very good sharpness. Very well done Bill. Thanks for sharing.
Greetings from Poland.
patdeph (35748) 2008-05-21 7:19
hello Billthe colours are here really beaytiful,impressice!I like the contrast of the black silhouette of the boat contrasting with this burning sky,and I like its place completly on the right,making a large place for this fantastic sky!Congratulations!
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2008-05-21 7:23
This impressive photo of yours just appeared on the first page of TE side by side with mine called “The End of Another Day”.
It is simply marvellous to see another Malaysian sunset with such excellent colours. I was amazed by the colours of the different sunsets I witnessed when I was offshore Miri one year ago.
batalay (34573) 2008-06-14 20:35
This image came up in the "random order" that you've arranged you Intro page. What an astonishing sunset image from last January. In my youth when I collected stamps, I remember well the stamps from Sarawak. Now I will always associate the name with this extraordinary sunset. You've composed and exposed the image perfectly.
Warm regards from Virginia, USA.
steliosk (4802) 2008-06-28 4:54
Hi Bill, this photograph is a monster no doubt. The mood is excellent, The post processing is in good levels too. No bad exposed areas and great color balance. The sharpness is a bit higher than the average, but don't mind me my friend, however others may like it.
Congratulations and TFS
chirasak (2) 2008-07-06 20:20
i always wonder why many people here make so wonderful picture, and you are one of them, thanks for sharing this great shot
jmdias (51921) 2008-08-13 18:48
MARVELOUS COLORS. I liked the sillouet of the ship against the perfect light, very nice framing and compo
Giorgio (11279) 2008-08-15 4:52
- Beautiful sunset with amazing colors and light, ok for the excellent note, the boat in foreground is a undeniable plus, good idea for the adjustment, well done!
have a good weekend.
Gessle (70) 2008-08-20 9:35
What a stunning picture!!!
The colours are superb and almost unreal...how is it possible ...great sharpness, wonderful composition. You are a very talented photographer, very talented!!!
giorgimer (34800) 2008-09-02 0:26
WOW! What a GRAT image! The endless range of colors in the sky is superb. The ship's silhouette adds interest.
ahmetgedikli (25372) 2008-12-17 14:35
Very beautiful sunset composition. Great colors, contrast and nice silhouettes. Wgreat lighting too...
CLODO (28548) 2009-04-04 23:33
Vry interesting photo and a good and long explanation about your feelings, how you managed to modify your composition in order to get what is to you he best compromise.
envisage (207) 2009-04-13 4:17
This is a splendid capture. Great lighting with the silhouette. Very interesting POV.
paura (47166) 2009-04-13 17:32
Supperb lighting and colours settings here. Your nice job results in a very beautifull photography.
Focales (22) 2009-04-27 1:18
Thanks to your visit on my gallery.
Here I like composition and beauty of the sky.
I also like fantastic clouds. Great shot.
pally3100 (3413) 2009-05-06 5:39
a wonderful landscape ,the colors and the P o v are really fantastic ! have a Nice Day Henri
Colombiana (2951) 2009-05-07 17:50
This one popped up in the home page featuring Sarawac as a featured destination... should be featured photo... It's beautiful!
biswajit13us (138) 2009-05-08 22:54
Longroute (19392) 2009-05-09 8:04
I think the composition is OK like that, i.e. with the ship and the mast. Of course sky and sea are the real protagonists of the photo, but somehow the ship enhance the presence and beauty of the sky. About the colours and the clouds... well there is little to say, they are selfevident and talk by themselves better of every description we can give.
Bravo for the compo and bravo for being there at the right moment.
All the best,
jemaflor (79926) 2009-05-13 10:31
Great shot, so lovely light and colors for this sky, very well captured with a nice composition with boat, congratulations !
Kostasls (72) 2009-05-17 7:10
amazing picture :D
argycon (2769) 2009-05-24 3:28
This is a fantastic sunset composition!
Amazing shilouettes, wonderful colors!!
MDL (1098) 2009-06-07 6:41
Good shot. The colorful sunset and ship's shadow made the picture amazing.
erdna (5711) 2009-06-16 5:56
This is a beautiful shot! It is the contrast and colors of the sky that gives impact to this photo. It is like a painting with good "chiaroscuro" effect. I noticed that you posted this a long time ago. Are you reposting your pictures?
mvdisco (17634) 2009-07-08 19:21
WoW! amazing sunset! great composition and light.
beautiful warm colors and reflections,
nice silhouettes of the boat in a wanderful sky,
all my compliments et mes salutations.
satyakki (640) 2009-10-07 7:16
we miss you. Keep posting atleast something. I really admire your eyes.How do you take such nice pictures.Good eyes creats nice opportunities I guess.
(the 15mins earlier is also equally good)
mozzy27 (2) 2009-10-17 22:35
Amazing colours and detail in those clouds, the composition is also near perfect. Beautifuuly captured Bill
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