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Photographer's Note

I have posted a number of sunsets on Trekearth. This was the end of a clear day last night at the Fraser Valley. Besides simply posting this I had a mind to explain to some newcomers who love to learn how others take photos. A few different principles come to mind. If you ctirique please offer some of your own suggestions showing how you approach such a scene.

1. EXPOSURE is by far the most challenging thing to learn in photography. Photography is in its simplest form capturing light. And the light you see with your eyes is much different than how the camera sees it. From the factory most cameras have a correct exposure set to high noon on a sunny day. Trying to shoot a sunset with this exposure setting will always overexpose the scene. Therefore you must underexpose from one to two full stops below average to capture this evening light. This photo turned out nice with one and a half stop below exposure setting.

2. COMPOSITION. Because we all see things different we all bring our individual expression into our photos. Of course there is balance in the frame ( rule of thirds etc ) that is needed for every photo. The water line here is almost in dead centerin the frame, but the mountain on the right offsets it, a little. Discussion on this on Trek is endless on many photos. All I was trying to capture here was the winding water channel reaching the river. This acts as a lead in and invites the viewer into the scene. I also was trying to show the gradual color of orange close to the sun to the sky blue which you can see in the water channel too.

3. TECHNICAL ELEMENT. I used a tripod because it is necessary if you are going to stop down to F22 in this scene. If you hold your camera while you shoot a time exposure you might be dissapointed. I like to set the shutter to timer and hands off and hold my breath to avoid all movement. The longer your lens is the more necessary a tripod will be. Longer zooms also need stopping down for greater depth of field.

My next photo tommorrow will talk about processing.

Please help the many newcomers on Trek. Thank you for your help.

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