Friday, September 14, 2018

The Very Next Night

I could see from the cloud cover that there would at least be some sort of sunset, so I returned to the park. And there was a sunset: not one of the spectacular ones, which I always always miss, but it was at least something to work with.

I went back to the dock where I had taken the speculative shot on the previous evening, which I now repost.

But the angle toward the setting sun wasn't right from that spot. Well, it never is absolutely right from this park because the sun dips below the tree line on the opposite bank too early. It would have to be one of those sunsets where the whole sky lights up to maximize this spot, but those are few and far between.

So, I headed to the other side of the dock (that you can't see above), stepped onto it, and took this photo.

No, it wasn't really that dark or saturated, but you have to give up something in photography, or at least I do. To get the sky close to being correct, you pretty well had to underexpose the photo. And then, I added warming in post, primarily with a software filter that tries to mimic an 85A warming filter that photographers might have put over their lenses in the days of film. Well, we can do that in post now, and most photogs no longer carry many filters beyond a polarizer and a neutral density.

From there, I sauntered along the path toward the left if you're referencing the above photo. Different stopping points seemed to lead to somewhat different lighting, probably depending on where I was in relation to the clouds.

In this view, the magentas seemed to be more pronounced, so I tried to emphasize that in post.

I did take this one picture of the path which I was walking although you can scarely see the path in this photo, parly due to the quality of the compressed, low res photos which I post here, and partly because it was getting dark. Anyway, it gives you a bit of a clue as to what it was like walking the park.


Marie Smith said...

You know so much about photography, it always impresses me as much as the photos themselves. I know nothing other than point and shoot. Great job as usual.

Joanne Noragon said...

Actually, you give up nothing in photography. It is its own art form, to be manipulated as you please.

PipeTobacco said...


I have to say, I NEED to keep visiting your blog more often. Your photographs always brighten my mood. I admire your skill and artistic sense... and I feel I can learn a lot from you to potentially develop a more artistic eye myself.

But, I really want to mention your Poutine essay!!!! I LOVE poutine, but do not get to have it often. I was fortunate enough to get to travel to Toronto this Summer for an (unfortunately brief) conference. I found this wonderful little place somewhere near the Dundas station and had a delicious, full bodied poutine that was perfect in virtually every way I hoped for. I cannot recall the name at the moment, but I have a card from the place (but it is at work) so I will try to mention it next time.

I *do* also have a question. I happened to see that while I was in Toronto, the Canadian Tim Hortons were touting their NEW POUTINE dish. In the States, none of the Tim Hortons have this item on the menu. Unfortunately, I did not really want to spend my very limited time in Canada eating "fast food" versions of things (when I could get much more diverse and interesting food while in Toronto)... so I did not try the Tim Horton variant of Poutine. But, I was wondering... have you tried it? If so, what is your opinion?


Kay said...

Your photos are so beautifully artistic.

Tabor said...

Chasing sunsets...been there and done that. Spring and fall our when the sun sets in better places for where I live. We also get cloud formations. I mostly shoot on aperture priority and throw caution to the wind and then boost saturation a bit and remove "noise" when I can. I am lucky in that I live on the water where reflections are essential for photos.

Jenn Jilks said...

I'm rarely out at night. Happy to enjoy your photos!!!!

Jenny Woolf said...

I find sunsets immensely frustrating. I generally try to get the colour of the sky so end up with a load of silhouettes of the edges of dark trees and the like.