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03-08-2014, 11:00 AM   #1
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Here's a shot I captured during sunrise a couple of weekends ago. I kind of got what I was going for, but I'm not liking the end effect as much as I thought it would. How would you have taken the shot differently to make it stand out more? Had glass at focal lengths from 10mm to 200mm, and a tripod. What would you have done?

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What would you have done?
I would have used a Pentax instead of a Nikon.
Seriously, that's a very nice shot. A wider FL might have been a bit more dramatic though.
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Very nice photo and story in a photo. Besides the photographers silhouetted and the sunset, what else were you going for besides a maybe a wider angle? Which ever way, it is a very interesting shot and looks like a fun and interesting time and getting fantastic photos.
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Would make a nice cover photo for a Camera Club

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I like it, its a great photo - would maybe have tried an lower angle to get the sun down between the guys standing?
But that's soooo easy to sit here in the couch saying that
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Perhaps a slight lighting on the backs of the photographers would enhance the scene.
Also framing the picture to avoid the Central Composition should improve the impact.
I have taken the liberty, please excuse me, to include a quick revision which may help you to"get the picture".
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Second take.
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Thanks for the feedback guys!
The problem with going wider is that the sun will appear even small if I do so.
@Sparkle Love your second take on it! Didn't realise the three on the left form this descending trio. Thanks for that!

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I would have suggested using a longer lens and getting further away so that the sun would appear larger relative to the people.
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I have stopped shooting sunsets years ago, there are now trillions of them on every photosite, I call them cliché photos. Most of them are too dark, too red, too purple, too everything. I mean no disrespect, you have a fine shot and it was taken under difficult light conditions.

I find the image a little too dark and perhaps a bit too blood red. I would also crop the image such as to get rid of the left-right framing affect created by the two big persons on either side. By removing the right hand corner person you create a left to right diagonal diminishing sens of depth and you slightly off-centre the picture which, in my view, enhances the image.


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The shots of a gaggle of photographers all taking the same picture are often more interesting than what they are taking the photo of. I like the silhouetted forms here they are well separated for the most part but not a whole lot you can do to control that, it's either there or it isn't. I do find the sunset rather dark and would brighten it up a bit like Shraubstock has above. I can see the idea of bookends on either side but I think his crop is an improvement over the original. If it were mine I'd clone out a bit of the left side of right hand figure so when it was cropped down I could get a bit more of the crouching right hand figure in the frame.
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I would compose the shot to include just the middle three photographers. The ones on the side make for a slightly too busy scene. With just the three in the photo, it makes the picturesque background seem more rare.

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I would go further back from the people and use a longer lens. Makes the sun look much bigger while keeping the people the same size.

Something of this sort perhaps:

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QuoteOriginally posted by aatifsumar Quote
Here's a shot I captured during sunrise a couple of weekends ago
What's wrong with all these people, up before sunrise and at a weekend too.
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Thanks for the variety of opinions and suggestions!
@kerrowdown after six days of working the grind, waking up while its dark to shoot the sunrise is almost therapeutic for me! Go home and crash till afternoon after.

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