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Fire In The Sky, by request from Gert

Fire In The Sky, by request from Gert
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Copyright: Mike Hodgson (Fisher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-16
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 24-70mm EX F2.8 DG AF, Hoya 67mm U.V.
Exposure: f/8, 1/25 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): ~~ Sunsets & Sunrises part I ~~ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-18 13:39
Viewed: 5115
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was asked why I didn't share some of my landscape/seascape on Trek N.
The reason is, this site is geared to wildlife and has forgotten about NATURE. Therefore, I have posted them on Trek L. where not only do they enjoy and appreaciate wildlife/Nature, but, they also like the ART in a pic.
Here, I enjoy wildlife, not only that, but, I like the artistic approach as well which I don't usually comment about. I do, however, find, ART, very important when it come to photography. Many of you have come to that place. Congratulations, and I will not mention the young person's name, but, she has come a long way and has improved greatly in her pics, Miss "M" :)
My area of expertise is landscape/seascape in the natural without sophisticated filters and gadgets. I do use the circular polarizer, not in this pic. All natural, no digital manipulation to achieve these colors.
Manitoulin Island, Ontario in my opinion has one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Commonly seen throughout the summer months and at times the winter months. Then again, year round. I have come to a sense where I can see that a spectacular sunset will occur. This evening if all goes well, I will capture a spectacular moonrise which I missed out on lastnight while fishing off a pier.

90 percent of the time, I choose my Fstop when approaching a shot like this and 90 percent of the time I will be able to use it. All my photography is in manual mode, that's the "M" on the dial. I want to tell the camera what to do. it's how I learned and will continue that way.
I start at no lower then F12 and no higher then F14. and set the speed accordingly. 10 percent of the time I either have to go lower as in this pic or go higher.
By choosing such numbers your landscape will improve greatly because you have chosen to have more in focus which is very important in this medium.
As mentioned, it's a starting point, a good one. :) :)
Don't sharpen landscape like animals and birds. There is no need, Start at 90 03 0. Less then 90 if you want. The image will be tack sharp, but not overdone.

A tripod is important as well for even better clarity and if you have one, a handheld shutter release. On this night, uhmmm, well, I forgot. LOL

I hope somewhere in this note that I was of some help towards goals you have before you. You can see more sunsets at Trek L. same name.

The DSLR needs that slight boost which makes the images, "Pop," as learned from fellow Trekers here. The boost was +5 on the contrast. That's it and the USM was around 90, I believe lower.
Let's just say, SOOC, straight out of camera.


ellis49, wallhalla15, Janice, marhowie, annagrace, Luc, lglandon, dew77, sandpiper2, Aramok, liquidsunshine, Signal-Womb, Toni, Dave has marked this note useful
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To cloverstar: Hi DianaFisher 1 10-08 14:54
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Thanks Mike, its beautiful.
The colours are lovely. Great composition and very good POV.
The exposure are spot on. And a great note too.
Excellent work, my friend.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-09-18 13:52]

Nice view, fire in landscape. Good sharpness and colours. Well done,Mike.
Rgs, Aleksander

Mike, this is an excellent Picture. Great colours, sharpness excellent, a very nice composite. Well done.

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  • pathy (73)
  • [2005-09-18 14:30]

tres joli rendu des couleurs . félicitations

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  • pgmoni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
  • [2005-09-18 14:44]

Quite dramatic, and the multiple reflection on the lake is fantastic. The composition is outstanding. Thanks for posting.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-09-18 19:00]

S T U N N I N G!!

Wonderful colours Mike. Perfect composition.
And many thanks for your helpful tips. I agree with you too in liking the artistic approach in photography. There is so much beauty around us, even in an elephant's eye or a blade of grass, and a stunning sunset.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-09-18 20:42]

Un ciel de feu, les couleurs sont extraordinaire et la compositin excellente.

Félicitations !

You light my fire baby! ;-)) Excellent work, Thank You!

I liked it on TL and I like it on TN! LOL!!!

Great note by the way, my Canadian friend.


A stunning sunset shot. excellent framing using the tree branchs overhead. Beautiful colors. Nice Work!

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2005-09-18 21:48]

There's a lot of things you sayed inyour text that make me feel in the same way. I learned to Take pictures in an old manual Nikon and I used to choose everything and even better think about the result I would expect in the many ways of using the camera...But now I loosing this "feelling" by the use of the digital...it's easyer... Thanks for the remembering :)
PS.: By the way...Your photo is fantastic.
Regards; Taba

Thank you for this composition and the attached note Mike.
TFS, Laurent

Wow! What a shot.

Excellent soft colors, very fine low lighting, good POV and framing. Brilliant work!

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-09-19 6:08]

wauuuuuuuu it's beautiful .
great colors :o)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-19 6:45]

Hello Mike!
Amazing capture.DOF you managed,warm colors,POV,contrast,framing and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!TFS...:-)

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-09-19 7:30]

Hello Mike,
What a beautifull sunset very well done, great colours & light, composition is perfect.

thanks for the tips i'll try it... Manual mode,f:12/f:14, tripod & forgot the shutter realease !!!

Have a great day at Manitoulin Island,

Great note and a beautiful landscape indeed. Nothing else to really.

Mike, what a wonderful sunset. Fantastic.

I have to agree with you about the landscape/nature side of things. I tend to post all my landscapes on TE

Ding Dang Do Sir Mike,
Brilliant shot, Excellent detail, sharpness and composition. The colours and reflection are very good. excellent POV.
Thanks for posting, have a good day

That is a beautiful capture Mike nicely framed with the upper branches. I really need to make these early starts to capture these beautiful sunrises. IL never progress in my LS photography until I do. 7/10 Very fine work.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-09-22 17:35]

Thank you, you, Mike.
I have read your note several times.
I like what you wrote about Art.
I dont have a 20D but I think that some of your advices can apply to my case.
Your picture is just magnificent.
Good fishing!
Thank you. Me
p.s.: I think that we are some Me on TN ;-)

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-09-25 17:11]

Hi Mike
Thanks for this firey NATURE shot. I too like to post landscape shots from time to time on TN as it is nature too. The sunset's nicely framed by the trees. The ripples on the water give it a pretty textured effect.
Regards Toni

Great diagonal composition. I like the natural framing from the trees at the top. Colours are magnificant. Many thanks for the instructions. I for one, will find them most useful. First class work Mike.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2005-11-18 8:30]

Hey Mike,
I first added this photograph to my favs. ;)
awesome capture excellent colours in the sky and the reflections from the water,
very pretty landscape,
Cheers TFS,

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-05 20:20]
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Another title I think would work is: "The Touch of the Master's Hand"
Two masters at work here, the One who actually painted the sunset and the one who captured it on cyber film...
Very nice Mike! Excellent job, and excellent note!
You have made my evening!

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