Blog Post 19 - Shooting Sunsets

One style of photography I find extremely tricky is sunset photos. I love the way they look but have never been able to capture one that stands out. The issue is the sky is significantly brighter than the ground during sunset. Since the sun has already began to lower for the day, the ground has no way of being lit and therefore my camera sensor will produce and image with a dark ground if exposed for the sky. However, the only way to get better in photography is to keep shooting. A few days ago I noticed that the sunset looked really good and decided to go out and try to shoot it with my friend Carly. The easiest place to shoot sunsets in Lancaster is anywhere you can get a clear shot of a barn in a field, since Lancaster is predominantly barns and fields. I know of a great location a few miles out from the city, so thats where I decided to go. After parking in a retirement village not too far from my location, I headed over. Carly texted me saying that she would be a few minutes late. A tricky part of getting a clear shot of a barn is that you could potentially get into trouble for walking on another persons land. I was walking the perimeter of the field to get closer to the barn when I saw the farmer whose field it was. I began to walk into the field knowing that if he had an issue with what I was doing, he would come up to me and ask me to leave. I walked out to the center of the field and pointed my camera at the barn. I shot a few different photos but was still having the same issue that I always have, the exposure of the image did not look that great. Now there is a style of photography called HDR, which combines multiple photos of the same compositions set at different exposures. When you out these photos into specific ending softwares, it combines them and creates and evenly lit photograph. It seems easy enough but whenever I do it, it never seems to work out. 



At this point in the photoshoot Carly showed up and began taking photographs of her own. Carly shot a few on her kit lens and then switched over to a 100mm F/2.8 macro lens. This I thought was an interesting approach to the whole idea because when I showed up to the shoot, I just went straight into shooting wide angle sunset shots. Carly, on the other hand, was thinking outside of the box and taking macro photos with the sunset in the background which I though was super creative. (unfortunately Carly is on a trip right now and can’t send me her photos)