7 | October
"Smoky Sunset"
General: 9:56 PM on 7/8/09 | Canon 5D Mark II
Technical: 1/500sec | f/5.6 | 200mm | ISO-200
Lens: EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
Exposure Mode: Av (Aperture Priority)
Exposure Bias: -2
Flash: No

This was taken late one evening near Seward, Alaska. The (somewhat annoying) smoke was due to wildfires on the Kenai Peninsula. There were a few photo opportunities that were helped by the smoke, but mostly it was annoyingly in between my camera and the landscape rendering most of my photos during my last week in Alaska decidedly gray.

For processing, I blended two "exposures" from a single RAW file. An unblended version can be found here.

At first this photo seems a bit dark overall, especially the lower half, but I decided against lightening it further because I like the darker feel of the sunset. This is closer to what I actually saw with my own eyes than would be a perfectly "exposed" image.

categories: alaska landscape nature sunrise/sunset

Thoughts of: Jasper
October 7th, 2009 at 2:06 AM

Dang, the exposure is spot on! Very well tweaked! It really does look very natural.

Thoughts of: Dennis
October 7th, 2009 at 7:19 AM

Extremely nice composition and I love the layers of atmosphere. I wonder if it could work as a monochrome as well?

Thoughts of: Laila
October 7th, 2009 at 9:32 PM

Very nice. Love it~

Thoughts of: ApoChromatic
October 8th, 2009 at 6:28 AM

That's beautiful and very well composed.

Thoughts of: Krista
October 8th, 2009 at 9:33 PM

Beautiful shot!

Thoughts of: faisal
October 9th, 2009 at 10:22 AM

absolutely wonderful!

Thoughts of: Olivier from Belgium
November 7th, 2009 at 6:32 PM

goot shoot.

the sun with moutains are wonderdull

Thoughts of: minimodi
December 1st, 2009 at 1:41 PM

wow, this is so good in so many ways. superb!

Thoughts of: Ariel
December 7th, 2009 at 5:52 AM

The tones are just perfect. I cannot think of a better composition for this one. Probably the fire helped, which is really bad for the environment but gives a strange mood to the photo.

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