C+C Beach Sunset Pics...hopefully not the same old

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  1. Turnerea

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    I took a bunch of pictures the other night at a local beach in the light after sunset. These are my two favorites..... I'd appreciate opinions and suggestions from people who've been around the block more than I

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    #1 = Stunning! Very nice work!
     
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    I love the subtle gradations of atmosphere going up the coast! See you used the nifty fifty @ f/11 (ISO 200) and a 2 second exposure...

    Did you do any noise reduction or much post?

    I was shooting lifeguard towers in moonlight earlier in the week with that same lens - 15 second exposure here if you want to see it.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback... I was pretty happy with how these turned out.

    I didn't do any noise reduction- I try to stay at low ISO so I don't have to put it through Noise Ninja... something I usually have to do above 800. I don't do a lot in PP... but I think i just played with the saturation and exposure slightly.


    I really like the lighting on the tower alot! I'm impressed that @ 15s you kept the lights in the background from getting too overbearing. I often have lights such as those in the background have large "stars" around them... making them distracting.
     
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    #1 is amazing - great work!
     
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    I'm no expert but I like the first much more. It's far more complex, it pulls the eye into different directions cause of the angle of the tower. The second one is also nice but the direction of the tracks is almost the same with the route the eyes make when they are laid on the picture. I don't how else to put it, sorry if that makes no sense :)
     
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    Yes I think I know what you mean- I was trying to find an angle so that the tracks would take your eye into the picture more, instead of off to the right and out of it. Too bad they don't drive into the ocean often... that would have made an interesting picture.

    Thanks for the thoughts
     
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    Did you remember to pull your UV filter? I left it on a few times at night and the flares were a bit much.. -S
     
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    Ahh yes that might be it. I actually had my UV and Polarizer on for these shots. I bet if I had any discrete light sources in there I'd have some stars from that.... Usually better to remove all filters for night shooting??
     
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    #2 would be awsome if those tire marks wernt there
     
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    great job! I LOVE #1.
     
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    I would have thought that this is a product of a small aperture in a long exposure, moreso than a UV filter.

    Also, Ls3d, on a 15 second exposure, how did you get the stars to remain a point? The picture looks a bit like an HDR to me actually, although it is very beautiful.
     

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