The colourful sky is one of the most fascinating scenes to take a picture of. Quite often people start to shoot too early, resulting in a very dominating orange ball called the sun. I prefer to start when the sun is almost disappearing behind the horizon. Then the sky and the sun are in balance and the clouds in the sky get an orange backlight.
The above picture was taken at roughly 22:00 hours at the end of May along the coast of Noordwijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. Right at the time of the sunset. Just a few minutes later the sun had completely disappeared.
What makes this picture special is of course the shape of the clouds and the way they are lighted. Some are dark and others are orange backlighted. Also the texture of the clouds adds to the special atmosphere of the evening. Furthermore, there is a subtle orange glow on the water.
The picture was taken with the zoomlens set at 28mm, shutter speed 1/80th of a second, aperture f/5, and ISO 100. Below you see the unprocessed NEF version. It is not very appealing.
In Adobe Lightroom 6 I did the following:
- Lightroom automatically set the temperature to 4900 (I did not change it)
- set the correction profile for the lens I used (Nikkor 28-300mm)
- set liveliness to +68
- set saturation to +2
- set the horizon straight
- decreased locally the highlight caused by the sun.
The rest remained the same. This makes the picture much more appealing without overdoing is. It is important to only make subtle changes.
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The picture got accepted by Dreamstime within 2 days.