Nothing rivals sunsets above the clouds.
Photo 1 featuring my girl friend and dear colleague, Lele @leleg234 raising her Shaka high, does no justice to the actual dusk colors. I applied a filter that dulls the saturation and adds a bit of a fade to contrast and color to mimic a bit of analog style. Swipe to photo 2 to see the out of the box colors from the jpeg exported directly from my Sony A6000. Photo 3 is the sunset without any settings pushed, taken on my iPhone, a few minutes before the real colors really came out.
When I shoot, it’s fully manual. To get these colors, I shoot at a medium to low aperture, low shutter but high enough to make sure colors pop and highlights aren’t blown out (is that called “shooting to black”?), and I customize the white balance to pull out the reds, oranges, purples, and magentas from the colors. The vividness and sharpness settings are pushed a bit to further make the colors pop. As a result, I don’t need to add as much editing in post for my sunset scenery photos. I like to throw on a slight grain, as I sometimes don’t get the iso right and my camera exports a lower res with a slight grain on the darks, but the effect also adds further analog-y appearance.
Some photographers (I’m not a one; I’m a hobbyist) prefer to shoot landscapes as close to natural as possible, but I like to use nature’s art as a base and pull out the colors to create my own interpretation of the beauty we see with our eyes. If I were to paint this sunset, this is how my heart’s eye sees it.
Feeling gratitude to have spent time with a special person in a sacred place dear to my heart. Said some prayers up on the summit and felt closer to God in the process. All in all, feeling blessed and very lucky this mountain is in my home state.
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