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Red-gold sunset

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Second test run in Sunset Mode. Say hello to lens distortion. Ugh. I didn’t have this problem with my L16. Looking closely at some of the pictures I took with it, they do have a barely noticeable amount of barrel distortion, but the ones I took with the L20 have LOTS of barrel distortion when shooting wide angle. Oh well, at least this can easily be corrected with Photoshop. These pictures have been corrected, and I really can’t complain. The Close-up Mode is much better than the one on the L16, and lens distortion can be fixed.

Lens flare remains in place, and I’d like to know if all other L20s have the same problem. But I discovered that by zooming in just a little bit it disappears, so again, can’t really complain. Overall, I’m extremely happy with my L20 (or Rosaleah, as I call her). And I’m sticking with Nikon.

I’ve recently learnt about something called exposure bracketing. Basically it means that you take three pictures, one with the automatic camera settings for light exposure (how bright or dark your picture will be), one overexposed (brighter), and one underexposed (darker). The end result: sometimes my camera hit it off and the first picture was ok, and sometimes thanks to this method I saved a shot that would otherwise have been too bright or too dark. Exposure bracketing  rocks.

By the way, this was one of the most amazing sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life. We’ve had cloudy weather lately, and sunsets just get better and better.

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7 thoughts on “Red-gold sunset

  1. These are beautiful! The first is my favorite…love the deeper color. And thank you for the “like” on my sunrise. =)

  2. Beautiful shots! And yes, exposure bracketing can be helpful. You might also try experimenting with HDR – I got some good results with it for sunrises and sunsets.

    • Thanks for the tip! I’ve read something about shooting HDR photography with DSLR cameras, but I also know there are ways of achieving the effect by post-processing in Photoshop. I love experimenting :).

  3. There are a variety of ways to get the HDR effect. You can use specialized software (like Photomatix) or the HDR function in Photoshop (or the Photomatix plug-in for Photoshop), working on multiple exposures taken with any kind of camera. Or, you can do it manually by masking different areas and adjusting them appropriately. Or, you can buy a digital camera that does HDR on the spot (my new camera does this). I would certainly encourage you to experiment with any or all of these methods. I’ve had lots of fun – and some good results – doing just that.

  4. Beautiful colours! Beautiful pictures!

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