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I haven’t posted a sunset photograph for a while, so here’s one from Kiribati, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. This was taken looking west across a bay on the north side of the Temaiku Bight on South Tarawa – about 100km north of the equator.

The trees silhouetted in the water are mangroves.

Now I have to confess that I bumped up the saturation on this much more than I normally do, but when I was making my PP adjustments, it looked so nice with the extra saturation, I decided to post it like this to introduce a bit of variety into my gallery. Apart from the saturation adjustment, this was cropped, noise reduced with NeatImage, contrast increased slightly and USM applied.

I did think about cropping away the left hand 20 per cent of this image, as it is fairly dark in the bottom left hand corner, but I decided not to as I liked the cloud formation in the sky at top left because it looks like it has been painted on the sky with a brush.

For those who hate over-saturated photographs, I have posted the ‘au natural’ version to the workshop.

UPDATE RE TILTED HORIZON: Given the critiques about the tilted horizon, I went back and had a closer look at this. I rotated the image 0.8 degrees CW and this appeared to correct the tilted horizon, but then the reflections of the mangroves under the sun appeared to be at an angle. So I assumed this must be a perspective problem more than anything else, so I used the transform/perspective tool in Photoshop to push the reflections back to the vertical and this seemed to balance the whole image nicely. I have posted the corrected version to the workshop. Sorry for that – my critiquers are not the only ones who don’t like tilted horizons. I don’t like them myself unless the tilt is deliberately done for artistic effect ;)

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