So, I was driving home from dinner with my wife, and the sunset was just amazing on the way home. So as soon as we pulled into the garage, I told my wife I love her, get out of the car, I’m going to go take a picture or two of this sunset. I grabbed my tripod and Olympus and headed to the only place close enough for me to get there in time that would also give me a view of the sunset. It’s the cemetery mostly behind my neighborhood.
So I haven’t taken a picture that directly into a sunset, and I set my camera to aperture mode. What I ended up with was a bunch of pictures that were too dark (but looked fine in the back of my camera) However, I also wanted to test some HDR so I bracketed a few of the photos since I had my tripod with me. This completely and utterly salvaged the photos. I would have completely lost any of the beauty that was there without it. Here’s an example of what I was getting.
I can’t believe I underexposed the landscape and the cemetery so horribly. I got these up on my computer and just was DEVASTATED! The sky looked good, I loved the colors, but without the foreground, there is no photograph. So I took this photo, and it’s 4 friends that were part of the bracketed group. They were at steps of 1 for a +1 and 2, as well as a -1 and 2. This group of photos were then loaded into photomatix, and after a little tweaking, I got stunned with the results.
Here’s what I ended up with:
I just can not believe how much this saved my shot. The composition here isn’t amazing, but the ability to fix the unfortunate situation I found myself in is awesome, and the sunset looks amazing to me.
And just the one shot that I got that I was happy with without a lot of extra work.