Fire in the Sky

Dawn from Shorncliffe Pier.

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View all photos taken: Saturday, 1st March 2008, This photo: 5:47am

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  • rumblemumbles said:
    very pretty....almost looks biblical :)
  • -Bennie- said:
    Dave you are just getting better and better mate.. nice work....

    I do find the horizon a tad dark though, i can 'just make out' the ship in the distance.. However the silver lining on the cloud on the left is awesome! :-)

  • petepothole said:
    That is a brilliant picture!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) It was quite an interesting sunrise, the cloud on the left blocked a lot of the sun and there was this big bright beam shooting out to the upper right like a dragon spewing fire.

    Yeah, the variance of light between the right and left of that cloud is fairly huge. I metered off the small clouds to the right of the sun to get a reasonable average (i.e. still see the lining on the clouds but not make the rest of the picture too dark). It's not perfect though, but given that the sun was so incredibly bright and the cloud did a very good job of blocking that light on the left, the dark bits are a little unavoidable (without going to HDR or something, and I generally don't do that).

    Thanks :) 'twas a dusky sunrise, but it came out ok.
  • thtstudios said:
    Great work David, a feast for the eyes. Watching the details just keeps me more mesmerized.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Nick :)
  • looby88 said:
    no problem seeing any of the detail at large size though, pretty good sir de groot I reckon
  • -Bennie- said:

    Dave. Out of interest, i actually take a lot of my previous comments back. I looked at your photo on my home computer and the difference was quiter remarkable. The horizon was no wear as dark as seen on my work LCD :-)

    The metering on this shot as you've said would have been a real challenge.

    In regards to the HDR thing (something that i've never tried...yes) it might be worthwhile giving in a roll on this one? I presume when you've seen this sunset that you've bracketed a few shots? hopefully? maybe?

    As as looby88 said, the detail really starts to shine through when viewed large!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks - another early start pays off :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Nah, I don't bracket usually. I tend to get the exposure how I want it and then shoot away. :)
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    nice shot, especially seeing you were up early again ;-p
  • David de Groot said:
    Yep - no real failures yet for every dawn shoot I've done. :)
  • Xenedis said:
    I like the light gradient there. A nicely dramatic scene.
    Nice rim lighting on the clouds, too.
  • David de Groot said:
    It wasn't a bad sunrise, despite the clouds on the horizon (or maybe because of it).