Watching the sunset

Very late twilight, last shot of the day.

A bit noisy in places due to the underexposed foreground needing a little boost in post.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 30th May 2010, This photo: 5:32pm


  • chooks! said:
    Beautiful color and light! Nice shot :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Wasn't sure how well this one would be rec'd. It's darker in the small version than in the large version, but I like it all the same.
  • 11T.Co said:
    It's not bad David and that's the way most of us would see that scene in real life with our old eyes. Personally I'd be happy with that result.
  • Jesse4870 said:
    Very nice David, the clouds make the photo in my opinion.
  • David de Groot said:
    That's true Frank. This is very much a "how I saw it" type of shot, albeit with a longer exposure for cloud movement.
    Definitely Jesse. :)
  • dtmateojr said:
    smooth. Nice sky. I like the PP done here. Very natural. I would have probably used HDR here or use DRO in my Sony A700.
  • Cobra_11 said:
    Absolutely gorgeous!
  • David de Groot said:
    Well I should have grabbed Kane's GND8 and stacked it with mine to bring the sky down more and thus brighten the foreground, but well, you get that sometimes.
    Thanks :)
  • Unrelated Patterns said:
    You've got such cool vehicles down there. The Nissan's are cooler, I really like the looks of the classic Patrol. Wish they'd produce them for the US market.
    I'm guessing that the Prado is similar to our 4Runner as it looks similar in size/body style.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Next one up from a 4Runner. Just a smidge smaller (and there isn't much in it) than a full Landcruiser. The 4Runner is like an HiLux with a wagon back rather than a ute tray. We see a few 4Runner imports down here.
    The Patrol is a workhorse for sure, but it feels like one too. Very pedestrian interior, heavy steering, rough ride. The Landcruiser Prado is roughly the same size, a much more comfortable ride, more features inside and leans more on technology than the Patrol does. Having said that, the Patrol is about $10k cheaper.
  • Unrelated Patterns said:
    Ahh. Gotcha, I'm actually just checking it out online now. The '11 4Runners are MASSIVE compared to previous years.
    It makes sense that the Patrol is as you say ride/handling/interior wise. I just like the looks of them... utilitarian, simple. [I'm a Nissan driver. My current vehicle is an XTerra which has over 300,000 miles on it and still kicking!]
    [] I should do it a better service than this pathetic shot, your vehicle photos are inspiring me to do something about it.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Looks a bit like a four-door Murano.
    Serious people in Australia buy either Toyota Landcruisers or Nissan Patrols, and both are favoured by the big mining companies. Farmers typically go for 70 series Toyota Landcruiser Utilities where possible.
  • Unrelated Patterns said:
    They're quite a bit larger than our Muranos [I think yours could be slightly larger from the photos I've seen] . It's a light duty off-roader but I'd guess that most don't see anything more off-road than the occasional dirt road. They ride quite rough, handle quick, and are pretty much minimalist in their interior designs. The 01 was the second year for them, and Nissan since have made great stylistic strides.
    Something I'm noticing here with both Toyota and Nissan is a focus on beefier 4x4 models.
    Interesting to hear about Australians' vehicle preferences. Do they tend to go toward cars in the cities or are they pretty much Landcruiser and Patrol drivers, too?
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Cars definitely rule in the city. Although in the more affluent areas you get the usual collection of luxury 4wds taking kids to school that never ever see any off-road action.
    In most of the big cities there's an active "anti-4wd movement" from a small but vocal part of the community complaining that they are dangerous vehicles because of their size and the propensity for bullbars. It's all very much a crock, but the media love to beat it up.
  • Unrelated Patterns said:
    Sounds like a crock to me, that "anti-4wd movement"! I've noticed that 4wd owners down under do quite a lot to their vehicles in terms of bullbars and the like. Not too dissimilar to a lot of truck/ute owners here.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Pretty much. Yes, modifications are quite popular among those of us who take out 4wd's where they're designed to go. :)
  • Unrelated Patterns said:
    That's the way it is with the truck owners here. You usually see them [their vehicles] caked in mud.
  • joashlagat said:
    Wow! very nice,....It matches wth the nature of the day.