Autumn Sunrises and Sunsets share your photos here

  • In reply to Mike B:

    Michael B said:

    Brilliant photos Angus, it almost looks like the sky is on fire!

    Hello Mike.

    Glad you like them. I honestly wasn't expecting much when I left the house or clambered into the proto-reserve. The spectacular bits of the sunrise were concentrated in a narrow band. Zooming in helped a lot, as did the birds who flew low. I just had to keep my fingers crossed they would fly across the bits of the sky that looked as if they were on fire, as did this lot

    I just my normal trick of leaving the camera on Program mode and fiddling about with where I pointed the thing. I was very surprised how many of the photographs came out.

    I kind of prefer it this way. Going along with low expectations and then being pleasantly surprised.  It seems like when I try hard, the photos tend to be disappointing.

    I'll post a few more. I didn't expect to have much time, today.  The very heavy rain, many parts of the country is experiencing or has experienced, meant the work party on the reserve was cancelled. I reckon then small dinghy, used to ferry people to Tern island, would likely take on water rapidly and sink.

  • In reply to Angus M:

    Angus, you're welcome.

    With your new Canon, you shouldn't have any real problems in P mode, the real work is in the composition, which only you can control, and I think you do a very good job.


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  • In reply to Mike B:

    They are stunning photos Angus I love the colour.

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  • In reply to Alan:

    I second that, a golden sunrise, fabulous Angus.

    Lot to learn

  • In reply to gaynorsl:

    Mike, Alan and Gaynors, thanks again for appreciating my photos.

    The sunrise lasted over an hour. Normally they are done with in about ten of fifteen minutes. I was quite astonished, but eagerly clicked away trying to capture the changing colours as I stomped about the proto-reserve. I reeled off over 200 shots - only 25 of which had anything to do with the restoration.

    Here are a few more of the good'uns.  Most, I felt, didn't pass muster. That's the beauty of digital photography, just keep snapping everything, and then see what results you get afterwards.

    I noticed a small group of Egyptian geese taking off - they're quite good as they kick up a hell of a racket prior to and during take off. It's like they are discussing whether they should go or not, and deciding who will take off first.

    It does give me a few precious seconds to get ready, but I wasn't quite fast enough to zoom in and photograph them taking off with the yellows, reds and purples reflecting off the lake and the spray they produce while they run and flap across the water. Now that would have been a nice photograph!

    As they flew across the sunrise, I thought I'd try zooming in a bit for detail. It sort of worked, but they were too far away and too low for my liking.

    One trick I learnt fairly quickly, again by accident, was to turn my camera around by 90 degrees.  It gives a totally different perspective to photographs. I do not often remember to do this.

    Note that the middle of the lens is pointing at the relatively dark spit of land in the centre of the photo. More on this in the proceeding photo.

    This is another trick I learnt early on. I am still rooted to the spot where I took the photo above, I have not moved my feet. All I did was tilt the camera up to point at a brighter patch.  The effect is quite dramatic.

    This last trick doesn't work as well if I have the camera in Auto. I think the software algorithms tend to try and get the exposure correct for the whole photograph regardless of where I point it, which tends to blow out the reds and oranges of the sky.  Leaving the camera in Program mode seems to call up a different set of algorithms with a different paradigm for setting the exposure. I simply exploit it.

    The same was true for my ancient Canon 350 (Rebel) and my Panasonic Lumix FZ72 bridge camera; which is where I observed this happening.

  • Ok, I think I've got a very basic grasp of how this revamped forum is working

    Twas a bit of a shock, away for a long break and come home to find no forum!

    Still, lets revamp this topic, and a few sunset pics from my break.

    Conwy Bay Sunset, overlooking the bay from Deganwy towards Llanfairfechan and Anglesey

    Sunset over the Conwy Estuary


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  • In reply to Mike B:

    Lovely photos Mike, we've good friends who live at Deganwy, so it's nice to see their views!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    The first three pics were taken off West Shore, opposite where the old Gogarth Hotel used to be, and the last two were taken not far from the Benarth Hide at RSPB Conwy.

    It is a lovely area, and if it wasn't for the problems with health care, I'd be tempted to move there when I retire.

    I've a few more pics to upload, once I've managed to grasp how the new forum format works.. 


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  • In reply to Mike B:

    Some lovely dramatic skies you've captured there, Mike


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  • In reply to Nigel O:

    Thank you Nigel.

    There should be lots of opportunities to grab some spectacular sunrises and sunsets over the next three months.


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