Sky Photography

Shooting the sky over water, particularly sunsets, must be the easiest route to producing awesome images. From the cabin on Hamlin Lake, the setup is perfect—an unobstructed view across a lake to sand dunes and forest, a westward orientation, and a few useful foreground elements (although a few more would be helpful). The easy part is that a good shooting location is 100 feet from my temporary work station. I shot these 12 photos over a nine-day period in late July and early August, 5 of them on stormy August 2.

I underexposed most of the sunset shots by two-thirds of a stop to avoid washing out the lighter sections. Initial postprocessing was done with Windows Live Photo Gallery. I did additional work with Ribbet online, using these tools: vibrance, vignette, Greek Islands for two, gritty for one, and HDR-ish for two.

The photos are shown in a gallery. For a full-size view, just click on the image.

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