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Like a Painted Sky

Like a Painted Sky
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Copyright: Bill Laucp (trekks) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-13
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Decisive Moment
Camera: Nikon D80, Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD, SD 2GB, 67mm UV
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/20 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Sunsets, Sunrise & Sunset, Beauty of Nature, 100 points or more!!!, Boomcat's Favourite, Best of Malaysia 1, 2 stars favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-16 10:28
Viewed: 6395
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 148
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I count myself very lucky to witness this scene. I was attracted by the blue, red, orange and black colors, like a school children's colorbook painting.

This was 1/20s shutter speed and I had to hold steady at best I could.

Initially, I thought I would focus on the sun, sky, river and included just the bow of the ship, carefully avoiding the mast. After a while, I thought it would make a difference to have the ship.

So 15 minutes later, I compromised with a part of the sun, sky, water, clouds, and the ship, mast and its craned boom. (No, not a military boat firing up).

In this view, you get to see the craned boom working frantically in spotlights and in such sunset light, at overtime most probably due to Chinese New Year just around the corner and a lot of cargo goods to be transferred in and out.

Looking at it now, I like the red sky immediately behind the craned boom, as if imagining firing up missiles kind of movie stuff?

As the rays dimmed when the sun dipped further down the horizon, it was found that the sky lit up in bright red, like a painted sky from a school children's coloring workbook.

Anyhow, coming back to sunset. Everyday, the sunset is never the same as the day before. Each is special and unique. This is Nature's way to let us admire and appreciate its beauty. Such is Nature's best offer to us, everyday without fail.

Thank you for looking.


Brighter sunset 15mins earlier

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Nice sunset the sky is in fire !

Hi Bill,
What a sharpnes and colourful shot....
Burning sea and clouds are wonderful.Tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Incredible sky and a strange atmosphere!
Great colors.
Bravo Bill!
and TFS,

I have no words for this Bill, it's truly breathtaking!

wonderful colors Bill, warm and color mixed together creates an amazing image very cool to the eyes.well done.

Hi Bill !
very exciting image !
I like the saturation very much :-)
Well done. Best regards, Daniel

hi Bill,

rightly said, everyday the sunset is never the same as the day before.surely each moment of sunset looks different.
real stunning photograph.

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  • Ash249 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 124 W: 58 N: 193] (1712)
  • [2008-01-16 11:53]

This is a stunner Bill, no more words needed!!

TFS, Gary

Very nice picture. Wonderful colors, and quite sharp for a 1/20 !

The boat is perfectly exposed for this picture, with most of it black, and just the crates slightly lit, answering the sky's color and therefore making the scene so harmonious.


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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-01-16 12:23]

Hola Bill,
bellos colores y magnífico pov,
siluetas y bella composición...

Effectively so greatful sunrise colors, but you can adjust the horizon to get it straight even after shot (as suggested in workshop).
It looks better, isn't it ?

hello Bill
nice composition and wonderful explosion of colours !

I really love this Bill!! Outstanding color and saturation.
Very beautiful colors and clouds. You are very lucky to have such the opportunity.
The silhouette the boat gives off is very interesting, and your off-centered compo is very nice.
Well done and I am adding to favs and a theme.

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  • wieyos Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1094 W: 43 N: 2059] (9118)
  • [2008-01-16 22:29]

a perfect 10! oppsss...., no, the maximum is 2 pts per critique. must be one of your masterpiece. as you put it, you are lucky to witnessed it. Congrats.


Hi Bill

Wooow, speechless.... you really playing with the colour bro

Amri HMS

this one is in Sibu, Bill? my ex boss is from there..

wow what a lovely colours combination in the sky.. nice catch of this sunset.. the horizon tilt a bit but who cares.. the ship added a bonus too.

this one is to my fav. hope you don't mind :)

greeting, terry

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-01-17 0:28]

Hi Bill

A superb tropical sunset, with excellent silhouettes of the ship & right & warm colours. Tfs!

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  • AJ786 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 743 W: 57 N: 1045] (6681)
  • [2008-01-17 3:49]

Hi my friend,

Amazing sky with beautiful sunset colours..You are right..its like a colouring book..This is surely a treat from mother nature..Great FG interest of including the ship as FG and the sky as the BG for a super composition with excellent POV..This is your best ever photo my friend and please keep it coming



Bill, I must congratulate you for this. What a wonderful scene and great composition. Colors are strikingly beautiful.

To simplify my amazement, I must say, this is the most beautiful 2008 sunset shot I have ever seen. Congratulation, Bill.

Best regards,

Hello Bill,

I like the colors you have created well composed and captured photo excllent work

TFS Kyle

Hello Bill

your are right!! lucky to be there...

beautiful vibrant warm colors like painting
great composition... every thing in this image is incredible!!

fantastic image!!

Excellent, Breautiful Colors, Red is dominating here. Classi Landscape.

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-01-17 6:22]

Merhaba myfriend Bill...
verynice comp...and shot..superb colors and focus...bravo..selamlar

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-01-17 6:31]

Auuuu... Bravo Billl...

Excellent Sunset shot...
Beautiful colors! Very nice composition and detail.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-01-17 6:40]

Hello Bill, lovely shot to say the least. The composition is very good, the exposure is fine and the colors are fantastic, well done, thanks !


Wow Bill, this is a sky at fire! Those colours look almost surrealistic. Falming image my friend and the silhouette of the ship in it's dock is superb!

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2008-01-17 11:48]

I like the colours of your sunset Bill,a wonderful effect of the picture with the reflection in water is super. Very good work. Very beautiful atmosphere in the picture.
Best wishes.

wonderful capture! silhoutte effect is beautiful.. composition/elements all in place... very warm, laid back mood you've shown...tfs


Hi Bill,

I agrre with you, you were absolutely lucky! The colors palette is incredible! Excellent composition too.



Hi Bill,

I fully agree with you . . You are very lucky to have this such a beautiful sunset . .
And you did great capturing it with perfect composition . .
Well done my friend . .


Many thanks for your kind words on Coins .

Hi Bill
Beautiful photo and very dramatic colors and lighting
Good composition and nice view also very interesting place
Image also very sharp details
beautiful multi colors
PP work also done well
Great job
keep it up
Well done

Hello Bill,
I can tell that you are so happy with this catch and I like it too. The big ship with excellent shape in silhouettes is just sitting there gorgeously against that stunning sunset. Looks kinda like the ad for Pearl Harbor .
Have a wonderful weekend and best regards,

Hi dear friend,
amazing tones! Looks like the sky is on fire.
Great capture from all points of view.
Totally agree with you - the sunset is never the same as the day before.
Thanks for sharing this beauty with us.
Best wishes,
:) soon

This is fantastic Bill. The sky colors are incredible. This type of image makes me long to visit Asia soon. You've got a winner here. I shall be abck tomorrow for the well deserved smiley. Greetings from Wash D.C., Danilo

Hi, Bill!

Picturesque picture with beautiful colours and with a beautiful composition. Very much likes!


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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2008-01-18 12:33]

Dear Bill Laucp,
yes very colorful sky...but I like the silhouette of the ship better than the sky in this shot. when I see this ship, the sky and the sea become simple back. interesting shape and suggestive motion of the crane, it is attractive silhouette.
thank you,

Hi Bill, an impresive colors details a nice POV details and sharpen. TFS


Hi Bill..:)
Two words bill..."Absolutely fantastic"..
Everything is there..i'm impressed with this one..Best of the best in you gallery..hehehe



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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-01-19 6:23]

There is luck in witnessing, but there is skill in composing - in knowing just the right angles!
The colour depth is fabulous and the details perfect
Super posting

The colors in this shot just amaze me Bill!
Perfectly placed ship in the frame,
Stunning work! - Vincent

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  • Nikas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 352 W: 3 N: 97] (2034)
  • [2008-01-19 14:47]

Hi my friend

This pic is just amazing!!! Great colours, details and contrasts... one of your bests photos!!!

Very weell donne!


beautiful.. and excellent silhouette!! wonderfull indeed, Bill!! colours are so alive.. dramatic.. intense!! good mood created!! perfect job, my compliments
ciao Marco

Hi Bill
Very nice color shades!!! Lovely how you composed this.
Well done

What a lovely sunset scene, Bill! I like it a lot! Striking vivid colors. You framed your shot very well. Great picture quality with no apparent noise and great details.
Freddie :)

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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2008-01-20 13:36]

Hi Bill, amazing colours, great sharpness, really an incredible sunset!
Ciao, Cinzia

Very creative and well composed. Like how you've processed well. Very effective!

colors are awesome Bill! and a very powerful silhouette! great job!

Stunning colours Bill, very well composed, excellent detail, good reflections and strong silhouettes. The workshop was unnecessary in my opinion. I did copy the image into my photo program and decided that the shoreline in the distance included bays thus making it appear to be tilted. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Tasmanian Sunsets III’

Wow, what a fabulous colours!. Great mood coming from this strongly saturated sunset. I like the ships on he right with small spots of artificial light giving nice contrast to natural sky colours.


Hi Bill.
Very powerful image here, with the bold and strong colors and composition. The ship's silhouette looks really nice. Awesome Sunset...must have been exciting ti witness it. Very nice camera work here Bill...keep it up!


Hello Bill a great WOW photo! Great colors in the sky! Well done! Thanks much for viewing my Male Cardinal! :} Don

I join all those who greated you for this photo
Excellent job

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  • Josine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 922 W: 21 N: 652] (4069)
  • [2008-01-29 23:39]

Beautiful sky, good mood and POV good colors, TFS

Hello Bill.
This is fantastic picture. Amazing contrasting colours and good composition. I love the silhouette of the ship and the crane.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2008-01-30 10:18]
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Hi Bill,your inclusion of the cargo ship as well as part of the dockyard gives an added vibrance to this scene,the capture of all those great colours certainly gives a warm
feling to the viewer.Instead of a capture of only a colourful sunset you have combined an activity with it, making it even more interesting image.TFS


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  • k-2 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 605 W: 26 N: 503] (3638)
  • [2008-02-05 19:21]

Excellent compo, silouette and colours.
DoF and focus are great too.

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-02-11 12:48]

Wonderful dreamshot Bill.

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  • hcvvmk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 357 W: 75 N: 310] (2409)
  • [2008-02-24 14:37]

Hie Bill,

How are you doing? It's been a while and whoa!!..you are getting better at this. This is indeed fabulous. A beautiful sunset at Rejang river. Great color and toning there with good POV of the crane.


Very nice. There is so much to like, the colors, framing, detail in shadows, and interest. Bill

The saturating colors are incredible!!!
Very nice picture and of course with the ship!
Good job!

Ojee, I thought I had commented on this wonderful picture already, Bill.
Gorgeous colour tones in it.
The composition with the ship is outstanding.!
You took it with 1/20 sec., But The water looks froosen, that means you sharped it ? Maybe better not. Now it looks like a sandbeach with footprints.
Maybe one more blur?
Have a nice day.

Hai bill,

so beautiful, scenery thats only happen once, sunset will appear again but will be never be the same. You have made it people could admire it everytime they watched you picture.
Well composed, the red and dark colour sky, reflection on the water, Awesome.

Keep on kliking..

i am seeing your photos for the first time and it is superb. i kiked the composition very much. you are lucky indeed in getting the color.

Hello Bill,
It is a amazing scene.Great composition.Excellent colors.Thanks so much for sharing.
Regards Savitha

hi Bill, incredible burning sky and range of colors from yellow to red to blue, it is amazing how the red reaches all the way to the end of the crane framing it. Excellent composition and placement of the silhouetts, very nice reflections on the water too


klasse bild

Hi Bill

I look in wonderment at this absolutely beautiful capture. I like it with the ship in there, and yes, the mast does add a kind of thrill (not that the sunset isn't enough thrill!) to the overall scene.

Great shot.

Hello Bill,
This is really impressive, as the sky is on fire! What a capture and certainly worth waiting for.
Great compo and the lighting is superb.
TFS, Joni

Hi Bill,
You are really lucky. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh i love sunset very much. And this is one of the BEST sunset i have ever seen.

what a colors.. its phantastic

Hi Bill..great shot...excellent sharpness and sillouetting..nice background colors.


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  • johnre (42)
  • [2009-01-09 4:25]

Absolutely Stunning. I really liked how you incorporated the red behind the crane.

Hi Bill,

This is a nice palette of colors. Beautifull saturation, well exposed. We can recongnize de boat shape even if it is deep black and it is OK like this since the boat is not the main subject, but the sky itself. However that boat defines the location. Very nice work and TFS.


wow!! the nicest sunset I ever seen!!!

great colors. I like very much the composition of the boat silhouette !!!

best regards


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  • hains Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 4 N: 95] (4859)
  • [2009-05-09 18:13]

Hi Bill

Very nice asian sunset. Perfect colors density and sharpness. The ship and the crane add a intensive interest.


wow! speechless!

Hi Am,

This is superb! Bravo! The colours are hot and invigorating. Excellent sharpness throughout and effective DOF. Well done and TFS.


Ciao Bill,

an explosion of cultured colors to the perfection in the correct moment.

Saluti dall'Italia

God's Nature, Awesome
DAmn really looks like it's painted :D


Interesting colours, good sharpness and amazing sky. Very good photo

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