POTD: Sunset clouds over the sea

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Sunset clouds over the sea. Over Hat Yai, Gulf of Thailand. Leica M9-P, 35/1.4 ASPH FLE


  1. Very nice colour and “texture”! Love the detail again. I have tried many similar sunset type shots but always can’t seem to get the detail right. Even at ISO160, after post-processing, I get a lot of grain and muddy textures in the sky and water respectively. I wonder if it is because I process the image too much ? Very inspiring pic once again mate.

    • Thank you. My first question would be, are you shooting raw? With images like this, the highlight tones are quite ‘fragile’ – you need to be shooting raw and working in an 16 bit color space to preserve tonality and micro contrast detail. Also, don’t be afraid to mask off areas to apply separate rounds of curves; what works for the shadows and quarter tones isn’t going to give you pretty highlights and vice versa.

      • Thanks very much for the tips. Really appreciate it. Yes I was shooting RAW but wasn’t selectively masking off areas. Something new to learn for me!

  2. Extraordinary! Beautiful!!

  3. brilliant!

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