Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sunset Over Lake Georgetown

Sunset Over Lake Georgetown

Lake Georgetown sure seems like a nice place to be. I don't get out there much, and living so close to it makes me think I need to make a better effort to get there. I bet there's lots to explore. I took this shot during a Sunday night last month in an effort to get more shots for my portfolio. This was taken from atop the dam overlooking some live oaks while the sun went down. Unfortunately, I couldn't stay much longer because the custodians of the dam were getting ready to close up for the evening. It would've been nice to get another shot with the sun a tad lower, but this turned out OK for the most part. I think the possibility of being stuck on the dam for the rest of the evening hastened my departure quite easily. That took a little more priority than getting the "perfect shot". ;-)

I used my standard processing for this one and also added a little Nik Viveza to the sky to bring out the blue and to the trees to make those stand out a little more.  All you have to do with Viveza is put a control point on the color you want to modify, like the sky in this situation, and then adjust the hue and saturation.  Wa-la!  It's an excellent product!  It sure makes life easier.

Other settings include:

Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6D EX DC HSM Autofocus Zoom Lens
ISO: 200
Aperture: f16
Shutter: 1/125
Focal Length: 16mm
Mode: Aperture Priority
Tripod: Induro AB0
Nikon MC-DC2 Remote Release Cord

2 comments:

  1. The more I look at this photo, the more I like it. The clouds are incredible, and your processing didn't make them look overly ominous as often happens with HDR. The detail in the trees, and the shadows from the low angle of the sun really complete this shot. Great job!

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  2. Thanks Van. I think I had to mask in the sky because the clouds move a little too fast, but it still turned out OK.

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