Storm Cloud Retreat, Sunset Light

ISO100, 150mm, f/11, 1/8 sec
Plymouth, CA

It started off as an outing to find landscape photographs as the latest winter storm retreated.  It ended up with me slogging through wet grass and soft clay soil pasture in not-so-waterproof hiking shoes.  Almost a normal outing, don’t you think?

(click through on the image to view in 700px)

The difficulty in shooting within a few hundred feet off the roadway is the possibility of power lines getting into the shot.  That is the explanation I am going with for cutting off the potentially spectacular Promethean yellow emanating  from the bottom right of the photo.

As for post processing, there was very little done with the color saturation.  Coming from the RAW file, overall saturation was bumped up to +10 and none of the separate color channel saturation or luminescence sliders were touched.  For the tone curve, only the highlights and lights regions were bumped up, nothing in the dark and shadows regions.

Another word of advice, when shooting at sunset, shoot fast and shoot often.  I do neither of these.  I tend to take my time composing each photograph.  I am not a volume shooter.  The downside is that by the time I moved to a new location and started on to my 2nd and 3rd composition, the brilliant red was quickly going away.

Recent photographs taken in Amador County:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, 150mm, ISO 100, 1/8 sec, f/11

Storm Cloud Retreat, Sunset Light.  Plymouth, California.  December 26, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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