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Lake Michigan Sunset

Lake Michigan Sunset
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Copyright: Larry A Brechner (brech) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-22
Categories: Nature, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MKII, Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-03 20:49
Viewed: 1991
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I realize as photographers that shooting sunrises/sunsets are often times cliché, and yet most of us are still are drawn to this awesome spectacle of nature. So to am I guilty of this photographic addiction when the opportunity presents itself, so reluctantly I decided to post this sunset image on TL.

This was one of over 200 images taken with two cameras (telephoto with 1.4x and wide angle lenses), on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Narrowing the selection to one was difficult. This particular image was shot in RAW. I wanted to broaden the color range and without any using any HDR PP wanted to create a more vibrant final image.

So in PP I tried something a bit different and using PS5 RAW made two separate images. The first I processed in the “as shot” color-balance condition with some adjustments to clarity, vibrance, and brightness/contrast. The second image I processed “daylight” color-balance also making some of the adjustments in RAW.

Both images were saved as separate layers in PS and separately run through NIK Dfine (noise reduction), Sharpener Pro, and adjustments in NIK Viveza adding some structure and further balancing of each. I made a layer selection of the water from the second image and merged it onto the “sky” image. Then I made some minor balancing of the blended image in PS.

Finally, I spent some time cropping it into several different compositions (both portrait and landscape) that I saved, and finally selected this one for posting on TL.

VicZik, parasbhalla, an-so, chrisJ, Fortuna, ErikSven, Usaf, CSP, daisydaisy, mvdisco, asiiromani, jacquest, Doudou, KurtPop, jan515 has marked this note useful
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  • VicZik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 528 W: 82 N: 950] (4812)
  • [2012-01-03 21:03]

Hi Larry,

What a lovely sunset image with the clouds embrasing the sun... I like your pp work, the location of teh horizon and the sun. Nice tone of colors and good focus. TFS

Amazing sunset scene with superb focus and sharpness of the Sun within a naturally framed scene, Larry!

Great details and clarity with superb contrasts existing within the picture.
The blue tones of the water against the golden sky are simply wonderful to see.
A marvelous work.

Kind regards,

Hi Larry, dont knock the old sunrise/sunset shots,a lot of people dont ever stop to look at one for real.. I love the combination of the vibrant blue and orange and the wispy clouds crossiing the sun. Fiona

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-01-04 0:55]

Hi Larry,

Fantastic warm vs cold colour contrasts between the blue & orange in this striking sunset. Good sharpness & flattened perspective from the zoom. I like the simple minimalist composition. Tfs!

Hi Larry,

Lovely sunset,excellent detail around the sun,the cool blue sea colours work well with the warmth of the sky. All the best for 2012.

Hi Larry
A nice sunset capture with such amazing colors (cold and warm)
Good composition also using the rule of third
Best wishes

Wow! Awesome sunset and you did a wonderful job in creating this image. Love the colors of the sky and water. Very well done, tfs.

Boa noite Larry,

Incredible sunset with warm and beautiful colors.
Excellent light and sharpness.

Hi Lab,
Going to try and catch up on my TL critiquing, while on my flight home, with WiFi...

Beautiful tones in this sunset capture. The largely captured and position of the sun within the frame creates a very fine composition. The blue tones of the water and the cloud formation in front of the sun are all very nicely captured.

Very well done!


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  • Usaf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 319 W: 87 N: 312] (2160)
  • [2012-01-06 17:08]

HI larry

when I saw the thumbnail, I was expecting a lot of grain/noise in the blue shade. nice PP work done. its neat and smooth.



This is a sunset that I really like, very colorful with very good use of the rule of thirds.
Beautiful skyline, aesthetic work.

Hi Larry,
A beautiful caught of view of this lovely sunset on the lake Michigan,
Excellent work and great tone of warm colors and light,
A well presented and composed picture of the sunset...
Sharp and clear with good contrast..

Hallo Larry

Frumoasa imaginea!
Imi place jocul de culori folosit!
Numai bine

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  • Clanyi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 254 W: 7 N: 100] (7129)
  • [2012-01-11 23:53]

Hi Larry! Beaufiful sunset, great colors and tones. Regards Csabi

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2012-01-14 15:46]

Hi Larry,
as you say, sunsets/raise are dime-a-dozen, yet we all want to do our own! I like the experimentation that you did here. Simple, colourful and almost not real.

There is so many photos of sunset and that's why it's very hard to take a good and unusual photo of this. But you suprised me because your photo is really amazing. Excellent work.

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2012-02-10 10:19]

HI Larry, this is a breathtaking capture of the sunset mood. Wonderful to look at.Perfectly composed.
Regards Rose

Hello Larry,
I love the work that you realize the different advertising cliches, beautifully staged, individual portraits ...
You make a most formidable work, with great passion, it shows in your presentation!
I noticed several of my photos on your approval of my notes about my different pictures!
I thank you, you leave a trace of your passage and for me who am only an amateur photographer, I approve of your choice!
That sunset is beautiful, light tan in color!
The sky was amazing with its slender clouds passing by the solar star!
Thank you for your visits

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2012-04-15 15:03]

Lovely colours of your sunset shot Lab,
excellente presentation,the skay and water are wonderful whit cotrast and presentation the lovely fokus.
My best regards.

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