Marlow Sunset


MrB

Link Posted 08/12/2013 - 21:44
There was a spectacular sunset over the Thames this evening:

#1 - at 4.06 p.m.



#2 - at 4.17 p.m.



They are Jpegs from the camera, the only PP is the downsampling and some unsharp mask applied in PaintShop Pro X4. They are hand-held shots taken on Marlow Bridge from slightly different viewpoints, with a K-5II in the Auto HDR Mode with Auto Align, and using the 18-135mm WR zoom lens.

Philip

davidstorm

Link Posted 08/12/2013 - 21:55
It was a great sunset in Sheffield too, the sky was on fire! These shots certainly convey the spectacular sky but I think they are a bit too black in the black bits for me.

BTW, What is the large black blob in the tree to the left of your shots? Looks like some dirt on the sensor, but it's puzzling me as it is in an identical place on the tree although the two images have different perspective, so if it was dirt it would be in a different place?

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David
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MrB

Link Posted 08/12/2013 - 22:25
Thank you for your comments David. I think the blob in the tree is a nest of some sort - it appears to be lots of tangled twigs.

Philip

Daniel Bridge

Link Posted 09/12/2013 - 00:29
MrB wrote:
I think the blob in the tree is a nest of some sort - it appears to be lots of tangled twigs.

Might be mistletoe.

Dan
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McGregNi

Link Posted 09/12/2013 - 00:36
Lovely peaceful and atmospheric images I prefer the sky colours in the first. I think the 'blob' is one of those OK candidates for cloning out - yes, it was part of the scene, but its actual effect is just distraction, and of course it doesn't look natural.
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Smeggypants

Link Posted 09/12/2013 - 03:13
I say leave the blob. It gives something different to a sunset shot and is a talking point.
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MrB

Link Posted 09/12/2013 - 07:24
Thank you, Nigel - the changing colours of the sky were amazing for about half an hour.

Regarding the blob -
Daniel Bridge wrote:

Might be mistletoe.
Dan

Thank you, Dan - I had a look around the Web and found this picture, which seems to confirm your suggestion:




So, considering the time of year, Smeggy must be right too!

Philip

Gamka

Link Posted 10/12/2013 - 09:32
The "blob", which I agree may well be mistletoe, does to me, detract slightly from the image. It is solid and at first glance made me wonder if there was something on the lens as it is the only one. It is common to get clusters of mistletoe rather than a solitary bunch.

Can you extract that small area at the full original resolution for a detailed look?
Last Edited by Gamka on 10/12/2013 - 09:33

Stuey

Link Posted 10/12/2013 - 20:54
Nice images
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MrB

Link Posted 10/12/2013 - 22:25
Thank you for your comments Gamka and Stuey.

This is "The Blob" -




And here are the two sunset shots without "The Blob" -







Philip

Gamka

Link Posted 11/12/2013 - 00:07
Definitely Mistletoe!

The images both look better without it. Some good PP there too.
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