Truland Photography

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Handheld HDR Sunset

Even though my favorite location to shoot sunsets is only a few blocks from my home, at a boat launch on the Hudson River, it's necessary to head out before the sky looks really nice in order to be able to make photographs when it does get nice.

Usually I make my decision about whether to head down to the river on what the cloud situation is. The clouds looked promising last evening so I headed down around 7:45 PM, with actual sunset scheduled for around 8:30 PM.

Decent colors only began showing after the sun disappeared behind distant clouds. Here are four images which were all made with five bracketed exposures merged in Photomatix Pro. All were made with my Canon 5D Mark III and EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens.

Captions include time, focal length and exposure information for the normally exposed fine.

8:02 PM, 30mm, f/11, 1/250 sec., ISO 400

8:13 PM, 28mm, f/8, 1/750 sec., ISO 400

8:18 PM, 38mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec., ISO 400

8:21 PM, 35mm, f/6.7, 1/350 sec., ISO 400

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