Posts Tagged ‘sunset’

Bangkok Sunset from the Apartment

December 27, 2009

We had a good red sunset in Bangkok on the evening of Boxing Day, December 26th. I set up my Canon EOS-30D on a tripod and took a picture every minute for fifty minutes as the sun set and the city lights came on.

I shot in RAW and used aperture priority at F8 and 100ASA for the best picture the camera and lens could produce.

I did minimal processing in Lightroom. I used the “Camera Landscape” calibration profile. That did a good job of matching the colours as I saw them.

Then I used the Lightroom Slideshow module to create an Adobe PDF file of the presentation. I sized it at 1024×768 which produced a 3MB file.

I uploaded it to my account on Scribd. I embedded the document in this post after the jump.

I like the effect – you can see how quickly the sun sets in the tropics and the red sky is striking.

Download it and let me know what you think.
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Photographing the Sunset

December 21, 2009

Red Bangkok Sunset
We are getting some beautiful sunsets in the cool season.

I fiddled with the camera settings a lot to persuade it to display what I saw. I don’t have time as the sun sets fast in the tropics and the shades of the sky change quickly. I found 2/3 of a stop under-exposure worked well with a minimum of post-processing in Lightroom.

I put the camera on my monopod to take this shot. I used the Canon EOS-30D’s highest ISO – 1600 and it selected 1/30 second at F3.5. I did not see any point at stopping the lens down to get a better depth-of-field (DOF) as there is not much detail available in this light.

I’d love to see what the Canon EOS-7D would make of this scene with its maximum ISO of 12800. That is three stops extra sensitivity so an equivalent exposure would be 1/125 second.

September Already

September 1, 2009

Even though we don’t have northern hemisphere type seasons in tropical Thailand I feel that summer just passed now it is September. This year has rushed by.

Soon it will be 09-09-09 which is a very auspicious day for Thai people – like 08-08-08 was last year for the Chinese.

Here it is definitely the rainy season. I had a late lunch because it decided to pour at 1pm. I am sure that was bad news for all the street vendors.

At least we had a good sunset. I still don’t know the meteorological conditions that lead to good red sunsets.

Bangkok Sunset After a Storm

Disappointing Bangkok Sunset

August 26, 2009



Disappointing Bangkok Sunset

Originally uploaded by Ian Fuller

Yesterday we had a wonderful sunset. Today, despite the weather looking superficially the same to my untrained eye, it was a non-event.

i set my camera up to take photos at 5 minute intervals but it was not photogenic. See how quickly the sun goes down in the tropics.

Does anyone know what makes a great sunset?

Bangkok Sunset

August 25, 2009

It was such a good sunset today I posted a load more pictures to PicasaWeb here.

They’ll remain for about a month – so check them out now!