Cornwall Life - - COAST LIFE -

Cam­eras are get­ting bet­ter all the time, but they still can’t cope with the con­trast of a set­ting sun when the sun is too bright. So, keep tak­ing photos even when the sun has dipped be­low the hori­zon, at this point in the sun­set the con­trast is much re­duced. Try ob­scur­ing the sun partly be­hind an ob­ject to re­duce its bright­ness and get a star­burst.

It’s nat­u­ral to look in the di­rec­tion of the set­ting sun when tak­ing photos but al­ways keep an eye on the sky in other di­rec­tions. De­pend­ing on the clouds and con­di­tions the sky can be colour­ful in any di­rec­tion, though this can be a bit frus­trat­ing when you have gone to a lo­ca­tion with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cal point in mind!

If you can af­ford one, get a good qual­ity grad­u­ated fil­ter can be used on the cam­era to darken the sky when tak­ing the pic­ture. This re­duces the con­trast prob­lem, en­abling the cam­era to cap­ture what you saw. If you are good at pho­to­pro­cess­ing try tak­ing two photos of the same scene; one slightly darker than the other. You can then merge the two photos us­ing the darker photo for the sky and the lighter one for the fore­ground. You should use a tri­pod for this.

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