Newport Beach, California - Corona Del Mar Sunset
The clouds along the Southern California Coast in December of 2013 were unusually fantastic! The puffy pillows of clouds provided great contrasts between the orange sun and blue skys. This location overlooks Balboa Island and the Newport Avalon.
Photo Lesson - Sunset and Moonrise
Capturing a great sunset or moonrise is really about the foreground. Just the sun or just the moon is rather boorish. Put a great foreground in the scene with a backdrop of a colorful sunset and you have a winner!
In this case, note that the foreground is not just a sihouette. When there is a bright sun or moon in the background the natural thing is to get a sihouette. This image has two things that make the foreground details visible.
First, the sun is hiding behind the tree so the exposure could be a little longer - this also helped to provide the sun flare. Second, it was shot in RAW and during the processing the detail in the shadows can be brought out. Use something like Photoshop Camera Raw and you can diminish the shadows and brighten the things that would normally be very dark.
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