Friday, April 27, 2007

Beautiful Sunsets

We had a beautiful sunset the other day. Seeing as Vancouver hasn't seen much sunshine of late, I made sure I captured it. It was also a great time to practice my flash/natural light mixing skills. :-)

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Edwin said...

Nice picture.. You should try a combination of stopped down flash to light up the foreground (Karen and Erich) with a longer shutter speed to capture more natural light for the backgroup (sun set/clouds) to bring out the background more.. Only problem is your subjects have to stay still..

Jonathan & Karen Ng said...

That's sort of what I did - exposure was taken in Av mode with shutter at 1/60 to capture the sunset, and flash at EV -2/3 to fill in Karen/Erich in the foreground (but not overfill). Aperture f/4.5. Focal length 20mm.

In hindsight, I could have probably safely handheld the shutter open one stop longer at 1/30 or even 1/15 and stopped down to f/5.6, f/8 to get better depth for the sunset but it was taken on a whim in the middle of the street so I took the safer shutter speed.

Incidentally, I did try filling more with flash but that changed the mood of the picture too much. (Too much of the foreground sticking out.)

Now if only I could take the flash off camera...