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Sunset over St. Joe Bay
Lens: Pentax DA 50-200WR Camera: Pentax K-30 Photo Location: St. Joe Bay, Florida ISO: 1000 Shutter Speed: 1/250s Aperture: F9 
Posted By: dubyam, 08-27-2018, 03:12 PM

Looking back through a bunch of images over the weekend, I ran across a series I did back in March of 2013 standing on the eastern shore of St. Joseph Bay, in Port St. Joe, Florida. This particular series was done approaching sunset, and I managed to capture several images I think turned out pretty nice. As I've been reviewing them, I have some concerns about my ISO and noise, in a number of the images, but overall, I've been pleased with the performance of the old K-30 (which wasn't really old at that point) and find several of these which I may print in small to medium sizes and hang on my office wall for a while. This particular one is an instance where I was able to really capture the light and color phenomenon which happens on this bay regularly, which is something I've struggled with in photographing sunsets, so I was very pleased with the color of the image. I like, as well, the nice reflection of the bird (I thought it was an Egret, but that doesn't really appear to be the case based on the neck length, so not sure what it is) skimming right over the water. I sharpened this a tiny bit, but don't think I applied any other processing, so this is the RAW file straight out of the camera, other than the sharpening.

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This is absolutely magical.
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That's definitely wall-worthy...I love the colour and particularly how uniform it is...it is almost monochrome.

I think I would be tempted to tame the noise a little. And if you're planning to put it up on the wall I would straighten the horizon, or it'll drive you nuts.
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Thank you, Photogoof, for the kind words.

QuoteOriginally posted by victormeldrew Quote
That's definitely wall-worthy...I love the colour and particularly how uniform it is...it is almost monochrome.

I think I would be tempted to tame the noise a little. And if you're planning to put it up on the wall I would straighten the horizon, or it'll drive you nuts.
Thanks for the kind words. I might leave the horizon slightly off, and just tell folks that's far enough down toward the equator that the horizon slopes there...

(In all seriousness, I thought about correcting both the horizon and the noise, but I don't think my current developing program (or more likely, the developer himself) is up to the task of taming the noise. If I printed it, the horizon would be easy to address.

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Beautiful colors and I really like the bird and its reflection! I don't know that you need to do much more processing with it in my opinion. It has a more artistic feel to it the way that it is.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dubyam Quote
Looking back through a bunch of images over the weekend, I ran across a series I did back in March of 2013 standing on the eastern shore of St. Joseph Bay, in Port St. Joe, Florida. This particular series was done approaching sunset, and I managed to capture several images I think turned out pretty nice. As I've been reviewing them, I have some concerns about my ISO and noise, in a number of the images, but overall, I've been pleased with the performance of the old K-30 (which wasn't really old at that point) and find several of these which I may print in small to medium sizes and hang on my office wall for a while. This particular one is an instance where I was able to really capture the light and color phenomenon which happens on this bay regularly, which is something I've struggled with in photographing sunsets, so I was very pleased with the color of the image. I like, as well, the nice reflection of the bird (I thought it was an Egret, but that doesn't really appear to be the case based on the neck length, so not sure what it is) skimming right over the water. I sharpened this a tiny bit, but don't think I applied any other processing, so this is the RAW file straight out of the camera, other than the sharpening.
Very nice indeed!
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QuoteOriginally posted by dubyam Quote
Looking back through a bunch of images over the weekend, I ran across a series I did back in March of 2013 standing on the eastern shore of St. Joseph Bay, in Port St. Joe, Florida. This particular series was done approaching sunset, and I managed to capture several images I think turned out pretty nice. As I've been reviewing them, I have some concerns about my ISO and noise, in a number of the images, but overall, I've been pleased with the performance of the old K-30 (which wasn't really old at that point) and find several of these which I may print in small to medium sizes and hang on my office wall for a while. This particular one is an instance where I was able to really capture the light and color phenomenon which happens on this bay regularly, which is something I've struggled with in photographing sunsets, so I was very pleased with the color of the image. I like, as well, the nice reflection of the bird (I thought it was an Egret, but that doesn't really appear to be the case based on the neck length, so not sure what it is) skimming right over the water. I sharpened this a tiny bit, but don't think I applied any other processing, so this is the RAW file straight out of the camera, other than the sharpening.
Wow! Such incredible colors and the bird just makes it pure magic.

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