Monday, September 5, 2011

Normandy Park Sunset 09.04.11

I had planned on posting a picture of lily pads I took on Saturday, but last night I had the privilege of witnessing a stunning sunset. I just had to share it! We raced the sunset last night and had planned on going to Des Moines Beach Park, but when we arrived we found everyone else had the same idea. We decided to drive up the hill and found a street with an amazing view. I felt a little like I was trespassing but it was a public street and the view was one I could not pass up. I have come to believe that sunsets are good for the soul and I always feel blessed to watch and photograph them. I love the quiet and serenity of the moment.

In post processing I did some minor work with the basic settings, I reduced the temperature and tint and upped the blacks, fill light, highlight, vibrance and contrast. I did all of this in Lightroom, but was feeling like I wish I had Photoshop and knew how to use the clone tool as I would like to remove the branches hanging down from the tree. Do you think they detract from the photo? I can't decide if they add an interest or distract. I would love to know your thoughts.

Settings: ISO 100, 55mm, ss1/125, f/10 (full manual)
"The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire." - Pamela Hansford Johnson

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  1. Nice photo!
    I like lightroom a lot, but I feel the same way, I wish I knew how to use PhotoShop. Maybe I could take an online class or something. :)
    As for the photo, I think it looks ok. It's not bad at all! I barely noticed it, until I searched for it.
    Nature is nature, it's not perfect, unless that's what you want.
    that's my two cents:)

  2. I think I would have passed the water lilies by, too, for this magnificent sunset. It is knock out beautiful, and your capture of it is superb. Fine photography. genie

  3. This is just magnificent Emily, and how lucky you were to be able to capture it.

    Thank you so much for sharing this today at The Creative Exchange.

    Sending you wishes for a wonderful evening!


  4. So pretty!! Thanks for linking up :)

  5. That's so pretty!

  6. turned out fantastic, what a great sunset.. the trees kind of act as a frame for you main subject, love it!

  7. Wow, great clouds and colours, gorgeous sunset! I like the branches hanging on the tree.

  8. This is lovely! I agree with the comment above that the tree branches act as a natural frame.


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