Result of a longer process. This picture had been taken approximately 20 minutes after the sunset, which was only due to a local telling me "the best part is still to come" as I was on my way back to the city center. The local was absolutely right as I could not have imagined this warm and intense color. Silhouettes in the end more by chance - I wanted a picture without anyone in it, however then I decided to "incorporate" those guys in this pictures. Obviously I do have the additional information, as those locals were sitting there, very calm and relaxed for over an hour watching the nature, I may wish I have capture this expression more adequately.
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petarl (520) 2013-12-29 0:47
Hi there, welcome to TrekEarth. You made a good effort to wait after the sunset, since the colours really can be great during “blue hour”. From Wikipedia.org: The blue hour is the period of twilight each morning and evening where there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness. The time is considered special because of the quality of the light. Photographers call it sweet light. Although, in your case there was not much blue in the sky, colours are very “sunset like” and that is especially evident when on the sea. Maybe next time, you could also try long exposure shot (several seconds on low ISO and high aperture number, camera is ideally in aperture priority mode if there’s an option), where you place the camera on some stable object, a rock, a bag, or on a tripod, and finally achieve such a shot where water is very smooth and like silk. Just suggestion. As for the composition, I’d just remove the standing guy. His silhouette is not very nice, as there is no neck at all, and he looks rather like a robot. Also, he is disturbing “rule of thirds”. I’d just crop the photo to square format leaving 1/3 of the sky and the sitting guy positioned 1/3 of the horizontal length from the right hand side. That would make simpler and much stronger composition amplifying the atmosphere of peace and some kind of solitude during the sunset. Or you could just remove / clone the standing guy in photo editing software and leave the original format of the photo, basically achieving the same but it’s more laborious task. So, the composition is best achieved during the time of actual photo taking, and only if it’s really required during editing. I have placed the revised photo in TE Workshop, for option no.1, and you could see it there. Hope you don’t mind and find it useful.