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Topaz_Tom
05-04-2009, 04:09 PM
Over here in Nevada, we get some of the most beautiful sunrise and sunsets. *I captured these two from my driveway this morning on my way to work.

http://i485.photobucket.com/albums/rr214/nevadaoutback/001450x338-1.jpg
http://i485.photobucket.com/albums/rr214/nevadaoutback/002450x338.jpg

Here's some fishing sunrise and sunset pics.
http://img57.imageshack.us/img57/8978/tahoe1117001450x338gz3.jpg
http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/8915/dsc00356450x338mp0.jpg
http://i485.photobucket.com/albums/rr214/nevadaoutback/001450x338.jpg
http://i485.photobucket.com/albums/rr214/nevadaoutback/027450x338-1.jpg
http://i485.photobucket.com/albums/rr214/nevadaoutback/022450x338.jpg
http://i485.photobucket.com/albums/rr214/nevadaoutback/027450x338.jpg
http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/9149/rick002450x338tx7.jpg
http://i485.photobucket.com/albums/rr214/nevadaoutback/032450x338.jpg

Captain Compassion
05-04-2009, 06:08 PM
Sunrises I love especially. Beautiful stuff Tom. Here is one of my favorites from this year.

Pardee on Fire.
http://www.graywave.org/sniffer/031409-02.jpg

CC

Jetspray
05-04-2009, 06:36 PM
The driveway pic's are awesome, but the boat shots are supurb.....Jetspray

YakMotor
05-04-2009, 09:54 PM
Topaz_Tom - Nice theme and spectacular shots. *I like #6 showing the bent fishing rod and the last with the dynamic clouds flaring out over the hill. *The tiny sharp focused pines on top of the hill seem to give scale to the grandeur of the sky.

Here's one of my old favorites taken in 2002 with my first personally owned digital camera, a Fuji 1.3 megapixel model. *The water is tiny Rancho Seco Lake next to the retired nuclear power plant south of Sacramento.
http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/1683/ranchsecosunset040.jpg

GOLDENTROUT
05-05-2009, 06:42 AM
Sweet Pic's guy's! This is one from Pyramid on 1-1-09.
First sunset of 09
http://i44.tinypic.com/11szi2b.jpg

Mackattack
05-05-2009, 06:46 AM
All very great shots.

Mackattack

Mackattack
05-05-2009, 09:21 PM
More sunset at Tahoehttp://i32.tinypic.com/dggljq.jpghttp://i27.tinypic.com/2iroocw.jpg

fat_fish
05-05-2009, 11:50 PM
cool topic

me surf perch fishin @ stinson
http://i40.tinypic.com/oi7ke9.jpg

stinson is a nice place
http://i39.tinypic.com/a3h0sk.jpg

these are sunsets from wher i lived a few years back...Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

http://i39.tinypic.com/2viikaw.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/b5065d.jpg
http://i44.tinypic.com/10p25bp.jpg

dave_in_el_dorado
05-07-2009, 10:29 AM
eagle sunsets:

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i9/jdsmith2/fish/1008049.jpg

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i9/jdsmith2/fish/1008053.jpg

my front yard during all the smoke last yr (that is the sun going down):

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i9/jdsmith2/summer%20conditions/0608060.jpg

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i9/jdsmith2/summer%20conditions/0608061.jpg

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i9/jdsmith2/summer%20conditions/0608067.jpg

MattMan
05-07-2009, 12:06 PM
Wow. Pretty shots, guys. ;) You've inspired me to go into the files and pull one or two out. ;D

YakMotor
05-07-2009, 04:27 PM
From dam at Amador looking west.
http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/5853/Sunsetfromdam894.jpg

Topaz_Tom
05-07-2009, 04:43 PM
What great pics guys, Yakmotor, that last one is breath taking. 8-)

YakMotor
05-07-2009, 06:23 PM
Trick on that one was to splice and combine two photos in my editor. Knowing when I set the camera to get tones and color in the clouds then all the foreground would show pitch black I took a series of exposures for each then combined the best of the bunch. The seam was easy to blend in and hide especially when the image was sized down for the forum.

Doesn't have to be a big deal taking shots to combine like this when you know what happens in your camera's auto exposure mode. Point it high in the bright clouds near the sun and it will darken the image. A half shutter press ought to hold that exposure setting as you tip back down to compose the overall shot. Point low to keep the bright sun out of the picture and auto exposure will lighten the so you see what's hidden in the shadows. Again half shutter press to hold then back up to click off the second shot.

Topaz_Tom
05-07-2009, 07:38 PM
Trick on that one was to splice and combine two photos in my editor. *Knowing when I set the camera to get tones and color in the clouds then all the foreground would show pitch black I took a series of exposures for each then combined the best of the bunch. *The seam was easy to blend in and hide especially when the image was sized down for the forum.

Doesn't have to be a big deal taking shots to combine like this when you know what happens in your camera's auto exposure mode. *Point it high in the bright clouds near the sun and it will darken the image. *A half shutter press ought to hold that exposure setting as you tip back down to compose the overall shot. *Point low to keep the bright sun out of the picture and *auto exposure will lighten the so you see what's hidden in the shadows. *Again half shutter press to hold then back up to click off the second shot.

Yak, thanks for sharing your secrets on your awesome pics. I love to try different things and you got me wanting to try that. Good Stuff!! :) ;)

Kneedeep
05-09-2009, 02:57 PM
Sun set on Folsom lake, it was very peaceful for a change.
http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee319/Reeldeep/SunSetOnFolsom.jpg

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee319/Reeldeep/FolsomLakeSunSet-1.jpg

YakMotor
05-09-2009, 06:30 PM
Very NICE Roger! *I like the first one A LOT! *Looks like Folsom had quite a bit of water too.

cuhogn
05-11-2009, 06:38 PM
Here's a few *from some of the trips.

Cold dawn in Elk country, Oregon
http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii39/cuhogn/image0001-3.jpg
Sunrise over Idaho
http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii39/cuhogn/image0002-2.jpg
http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii39/cuhogn/image0003-2.jpg
sunrise on the goose fields of Custer Montana
http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii39/cuhogn/image0004-2.jpg
Out the "Gate" for Salmon (man I miss this)
http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii39/cuhogn/image0005-2.jpg

Topaz_Tom
05-11-2009, 07:47 PM
Awesome pics Alan, They're all great, but that one of Golden Gate is fantastic. 8-)

Ptack
05-12-2009, 08:38 PM
Here is Halfmoon bay about 3 years ago, unaltered
well here is the link

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v633/PTachis/IMG_1458.jpg

metalmouth
05-12-2009, 08:41 PM
Man it's almost that time of year when it would be on heading out of the gate. We really need some Salmon. :'(

MattMan
05-12-2009, 08:51 PM
Hawaiian sunsets, 2008. ;)

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/3873/19082.jpg

http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/6578/19062.jpg

http://img354.imageshack.us/img354/2987/19052.jpg

http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/5046/19032.jpg

http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/6770/19092.jpg

;)

YakMotor
05-13-2009, 11:47 AM
I can almost feel the trade wind, see bikinis, and taste Mai tai's. ::)

Darin
05-13-2009, 06:24 PM
Sunsets..a great thread

Mesquito Ridge Rd
http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/6845/mesquitoridgerdhq.jpg

Middle Fork American Mammoth Bar
http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/4863/sunsetmfork.jpg

Chicken Hawk Ridge
http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/9946/1004210.jpg

Baha
http://img527.imageshack.us/img527/1418/bajatrip12503020.jpg

Fords Bar overlooking Middle Fork American
http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/3476/backgroundd.jpg

Golden Gate heading out for Albacore ;)
http://img527.imageshack.us/img527/6903/dscn1609h.jpg

Baker Ranch
http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/351/background1.jpg


FFG

Mackattack
05-14-2009, 10:12 PM
Sunrise at Capleshttp://i35.tinypic.com/34s2pg2.jpg

YakMotor
05-15-2009, 12:24 AM
Thought I'd toss out another one that shows probably the most important benefit of a high megapixel camera. *It gives you the room to crop so can extract a picture from within one you originally shot. *
Here's the "after" of cropping and color enhancement.
http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/6066/lonegoosesunsetv2800wfl8.jpg

This is as it came from the camera with an overlay of the area I framed the new shot. *Sunrise/sunsets frequently allow for extreme color adjustment in an edit program. *As you can see I pumped up the intensity quite a bit. *Did you see the ducks flying in the shot above. *They were also inserted using the editor. *Pretty lame effort at this bit of trickery, but what the heck I figure I won't get better unless I try stuff.

Hummm ... link to the before pic which should show below this line seems to be on the fritz. ImageShack ain't perfect. Maybe it'll come back.
http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/9990/lonegoosesunsetorig800whb9.jpg

YakMotor
05-20-2009, 03:50 PM
Found another one HEAVILY color modified in my editor.
http://img361.imageshack.us/img361/4176/blueskyartsunsetfl4.jpg

GOLDENTROUT
05-21-2009, 11:48 PM
San Diego, Ca
http://i41.tinypic.com/29kvv9u.jpg

http://i43.tinypic.com/2912a7o.jpg

Captain Compassion
05-22-2009, 06:57 AM
Carson Valley Sunrise 05/20/09
http://www.graywave.org/sniffer/052009-01.jpg

CC

Darin
05-22-2009, 06:29 PM
Carson Valley Sunrise 05/20/09
http://www.graywave.org/sniffer/052009-01.jpg

CC

Nice one CC!! I was hopeing that picture would make its way over to this board.

FFG

MB_Kevin
05-22-2009, 07:56 PM
Nice Pic's!

YakMotor
05-22-2009, 09:48 PM
Tonight's sunset from my neighbor's deck. 5/22/09 *Two shots (top/bottom) combined in editor.
http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/738/Sunsetcombo050.jpg

Darin
05-23-2009, 12:03 AM
Great shot Yak. Was the bottom half from a previous pic? or was the boat in the original?
FFG

YakMotor
05-23-2009, 01:22 AM
I set the shutter faster, 1/300th second, to darken the sky to bring out cloud detail then took a second shot at 1/200th for brighter water. *Both shot were with the lens opening set at f-8.

They didn't match for perfectly overlay since I was hand holding. *First step in Photoshop was to copy one to a new layer then adjust opacity so I could see thru to move one until the trees along the horizon aligned. *Then opacity was set back to 100%

I noticed the tree on the left did not match-up, but didn't matter because of how they were blended. *I had the dark one on the bottom layer so I used the eraser tool to erase the sky portion of the brighter shot on top to let the darker clouds to show thru. *Because the dark band (Lake Amador Dam) across the middle would hide the transition between the two exposures I didn't need to be careful with the erasing. *Only took a few seconds.

I played around quite awhile with the color, contrast, saturation, etc of each layer separately until I found a combination I liked. *I created a "defect" during that play that I didn't notice at the time. *But now that I see it it's really bugging me. *Any one want to venture a guess at what it is?

I also zoomed in on the boat for a few shots.
http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/7130/sunsetboat043.jpg

YakMotor
05-30-2009, 07:47 AM
From my deck this morning.
http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/1479/sunriseskynhills873.jpg

metalmouth
05-30-2009, 05:37 PM
You have a pretty tough view my friend! [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

Prowler
05-31-2009, 01:10 AM
I think YakMotor needs to make a 'Sniffer calendar. Awesome shots everybody!