The club ventured out to Cleveland Point yesterday for an afternoon photo shoot of the bay and the sunset. This was an alternative to our normal meeting time as some members suggested we should take advantage of afternoon light for a photo shoot .
Takeaway fish and chips from the nearby Lighthouse Restaurant, helped pass the time waiting for the sun to set.
Hi members, A couple of members suggested we should go on another field trip but to take advantage of the light, either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. After discussions it was decided to go to Cleveland Point in the afternoon to catch a sunset. So on Monday we'll cancel the meeting at 11.00 AM at the library and meet at Cleveland Point at 4.00 PM in the afternoon. Those who like to join us afterwards, we'll have a bite to eat at the Lighthouse Restaurant right there. They serve some great food. We meet here:
If anybody needs a lift, let us know and we'll arrange something.
Here is a tutorial on Sunset Photography which will give you a few tips before we go:
How to Photograph Sunsets and
By Diane Bohlen
1. Think Ahead
for a good place beforehand, where you can track the sun down to the horizon
and where there are interesting foreground elements and silhouettes.
only take half an hour, so be prepared. Find the time of the sunset and get
there ½ hour before. Often the lead up and after the sun has gone are where you
get the best shots. Check the weather. Clouds, dust and smoke make for
Shoot a variety of focal lengths; wide angle
(short focal length, and zoom long focal length).
If you want the sun to be the feature, zoom
in, but use a tripod.
Sunset without a feature can be boring. All
photos need a point of interest e.g. palms, pier, person, mountain, boat,
Use the Rule of Thirds. Place the horizon, the
sun, a silhouette off centre.
It’s best not to use
automatic settings. Unfortunately, automatic shutter speed can cause shots to
be underexposed or overexposed depending wether the camera is using the dark
foreground or the lighter sky to set the speed/aperture. Shoot a variety of
exposures. Use aperture and shutter speed mode and take a variety of shots at
different exposures. Don’t go lower than 1/20 sec or you will need a tripod. There
is no correct exposure for sunsets. The key is to experiment. Small aperture
f5.6 - f11 gives a long depth of field and can make the sun look like a star.
Bracketing: Look at what the camera suggests for aperture
and then go up and down with exposure, e.g. 1/60 sec (f5.6 - f11) taking a
series of shots with each different exposure. Some cameras have a special
feature for bracketing.
e.g. -2…– 1…O…+1…+2.
It is best to avoid
overexposure by using negative exposure compensation , go back 2/3 to 2 stops.
This will keep the foreground dark and the sunset colourful, otherwise the sky
will be washed out. However, after the sun has gone, use a long exposure (slow
shutter speed or bigger aperture). You will need a tripod.
Auto exposure Lock: Another trick to use. It allows you to point
the camera at something darker, like the ground and lock the exposure. Return
to the sunset and shoot.. You will get an overexposed shot.
ISO: Use the lowest ISO as a high ISO will enhance
the ‘noise’ of the sky.
White Balance: Use automatic white balance (AWB).
Vivid Mode: Use vivid mode for high colour and more
Filters: You can enhance sunsets by using a polaroid
filter or neutral density filter.
Flash or Torch: You can use a flash or torch to expose the
foreground. This is especially good for portraits. (1/250 sec - f8)
Some cameras have
trouble with auto focusing on sky as it hasn’t got a focal point. So it is best
to use manual focus and set it at ∞ infinity.
5. Look around You
Often there are good shots behind you where the sun is
hitting the landscape.
6. Keep Shooting
The sky is constantly changing well after the sun is
hitting the landscape or sea.
7. Post Processing
If you are not happy with your shots, remember
enhancing them with a computer program can give you great shots.
Never look at the sun with your naked eye or through
Watch out for cliché sunsets – look for scenes you
haven’t seen before.
Diane and I will be on the way from Sydney to Canberra while you are meeting on Monday morning.
We have organised a terrific guest speaker, Mr Wies Fajzullin. Wies specialises in sports photography but also does general photography. So please make him welcome and we'll see you at the following meeting.
Sports Photography is a great subject for amateurs as well as professionals.