Special Sunset

This sunset is special as this is the first time seeing the sunset with the ray shooting up from the horizon.  I believed that was due to a clear sky after much rains in the past few days.  This ray appeared at almost half hour after the sun disappear from the horizon.  The upper part of the sky displayed the deep blue color too…
The sun can be seen very clearly while setting….

Passers by are admiring the sunset ….

Relaxing at the beach

Using Canon 5D MkII, 24-105mm Lens, ISO100, F/6.3, 1/160

It’s a relaxing afternoon, re-visit the Tg Aru Beach with 2 other friends, trying to capture the activities there.  Searching around and notice many tourist arriving at the beach to enjoy to soft sand and the view.  This area has improved a lot compare to 5 years ago.  There are restaurants along the beach, providing sits for visitors…

Using Canon 5D MkII, 24-105mm Lens, ISO200, F/11, 1/20

After walking around at the beach for a while, most of them sat down along the beach benches, or directly on the sandy beach to observe the sun set behind the cloudy sky.

Using Canon 5D MkII, 24-105mm Lens, ISO200, F/14, 1/80

Using Canon 5D MkII, 24-105mm Lens, ISO320, F/8, 1/25

Black & White

Using Canon 5D MkII, 24-105mm Lens, ISO100, F/22, 3.2s

After almost a week of gloomy weather,  today’s sunset was beautiful !!! lots of colors. With the rich color, I converted the above photo to Black and White, to try and bring out the polls in front.  I find the reflection of the polls lying direct to the camera which is not so effective.  I will try to shoot from either side of it again to bring out the reflection more.

Here is the day’s sunset in color mode.

Using Canon 5D MkII, 17-40mm Lens, ISO100, F/22, 1.3s


The above picture is a result of 24 photos stacked and merged together to produce this HDR and Panorama view. How I do if ? Following are steps that I took.

Steps to HDR/Panorama photography

1) Use a good tripod with level metering. Here I also used a  Manfrotto 303Plus Precision QTVR Panoramic Head with Quick Release Bracket Manfrotto 303Plus Precision QTVR Panoramic Head with Quick Release Bracket.

2) Getting there early, to give yourself time to find the desire view and set up your camera.

3) I’m using my Canon 24-105mm lens.  I set the focal length at 35mm vertical view. This allows me to cover large view in each frame.

4) I do some tests, to make sure that each frame will have about 30% overlapping, for my post processing to Panorama view.

5) When the moment is right, I take 3 exposures (using in-camera bracketing, i.e. -1 , 0, + 1 stop) per frame.  I have taken 8 frames at 3 different exposures using RAW file.

6) When reached home, each frame with 3 exposures were processed and stacked using HDR function in Photoshop.  Each HDR is saved under 8-bits.

7) From the 8 HDRs above, I also manually adjust the exposure again to ensure no over-exposure area on each frame.

8) Once I’m happy with the above, I then merge all 8 frames using Panorama function in Photoshop. Use the “Merge Visible” under “Layer” to remove any hairline gap in between each frame.

9) The merged photo is then flatten, sharpen, adjustment on exposures and contrast to give the final look.

The above post processing will take a bit of time.

Happy photographing !!