I have not even thought about sunset shots for some time.
Last week a neighbor asked about how to take sunset pic’s. One thing I emphasized to him is to all ways turn around and look behind. Some of my favorite photographs are shots taken of subjects lit by the sunset. I was reminded this at work today. So out tonight until well after sunset. The first clear night on west side in a long time. With clouds on the east side of the valley over a snow covered range the potential for great sunset water reflections were lining up! And boy was there pay off.
I am not one to enhance colors. I do at times kick up the sharpness 10%-15%. Tonight was no exception. I did however turn down just the blue saturation slightly.
This capture was taken with the D4, 600mm lens wide open, at 3200 ISO! Thank you Nikon. In ACR I turn up the noise filter slightly. A unique shot of a Blue Heron. Maybe one of a kind photo of a bird that there is millions of pics out there.
This fly-by photo was a little surprise. I didn’t notice the water as I was panning and shooting the Blue Heron. I have mixed feelings about the shot. In some ways it gives a tiny bit of depth to the photo. I would have liked it better if the Heron was a little higher above the water. This was a gift and I was pleased to get it.
A couple of days ago I shot a very similar shot of a Pelican over white snow and white background. This photo of the Heron was shot at 3200 ISO like the others. It has a bit of a cartoon look to it because I ran it through Nik Define and turned the noise down. The net result is a noticeable cartoon effect.