Summer Sunsets

June 14, 2020

My favorite photographer is Dan Bailey. He's a professional photographer that shoots Fujifilm. Dan's a little different than most photographers I follow. His website and blog are not about him, but how he can inspire photographers to improve by getting out and shoot. 

Dan's been doing a series of videos shooting JPG using film simulations and modifying them in-camera. The goal is to create the image in-camera instead of spending time at the computer pushing sliders up and down.

All of these photographs shot using the film simulation Velvia Vivid, are straight out of the camera JPG, with no post-processing.

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As the evening started to settle in, I noticed there was a nice mixture of long streaky clouds with some separation of blues skies. I thought to myself; this has the potential for some dramatic sunset pictures.

I shot all of these in manual mode with a 35mm F2.0 lens. I adjusted my camera to -2 shadows and +3 color. I chose auto white balance, and the colors changed depending on how the light hit the sensor. I then used the shutter speed to control how dramatic I wanted the scene to be. A longer shutter speed gives you less contrast, and shorter shutter speeds add more contrast, which provides a more dramatic look.

I was a little lucky as there were a pair of swans that swam into a couple of pictures below.

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As the sun began to disappear, it started to light up the bottom of the clouds. Photographers sometimes quit taking photographs once the sun is not visible, but sometimes that when the best hues appear.

Even are hour past sunset, called the blue hour, can produce some stunning views.

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I want to thank Dan Bailey for sharing his knowledge. He's an excellent teacher inspiring photographers of all skill levels. Dan is also an accomplished writer having written books on Fujifilm X series cameras and outdoor adventure photography. You can visit his website at danbaileyphoto.com

He also has a YouTube channel with a lot of free content.
Click here to visit it. 

Photography should be fun! It's not about the phone or camera brand you're using. Always remember, your best photographs are the result of one thing, making an effort to get out and shoot.

Comments always welcomed.
Mark