<<< o >>>St. Annes sunset #1 18 comments + add yours

As I mentioned when I posted body art #1, Jason and I had gone down to St. Annes to photograph the pier at sunset. As you have already seen though, we ended up shooting a variety of portraits first, but as the evening wore on we got our sunsets too.

I'll be posting four of these over the coming weeks: shot between 6.34pm and 8.09pm on the 11th of this month. All of them feature the old pier at St. Annes, and all are shot from much the same angle, but the sky changed so quickly and dramatically that all four are worth posting.

In terms of the post-production, and as you can see from the original, I didn't do a great deal to this one other than to bump up the contrast (using a Curve) and the saturation (using a masked curve and the Hue/Saturation tool).

Jason's first shot of this scene is here:


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6.34pm on 11/4/10
Canon 5D Mark II
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
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3x2 + piers [St. Annes] + fylde coast [scenic] + show the original
comment by Nicola at 06:08 AM (GMT) on 29 April, 2010

This is so... so... WOW.

comment by Chris at 07:12 AM (GMT) on 29 April, 2010

Fantastic sunset image! Can't wait for the next three. Will you be posting these in chronological order?

comment by djn1 at 07:21 AM (GMT) on 29 April, 2010

Nicola: thanks.

Chris: yes, I'll be posting them in the order they were taken, but I have a different set of images that I want to post next week so it will be the week after before I post two others from the sequence. I'll probably post the last one the week after that.

comment by Claus Petersen at 07:50 AM (GMT) on 29 April, 2010

The silhouette in this one is amazing, this is a very crisp shot.

comment by csj at 08:36 AM (GMT) on 29 April, 2010

This is a great location , and the image itself is technically brilliant.

comment by Sonny Parlin at 11:32 AM (GMT) on 29 April, 2010


comment by Carlos Garcia at 12:09 PM (GMT) on 29 April, 2010

Can you tell I'm excited! Yes...YOU CAN! I feel like I'm home again and I've never been there! Striking image! Love what you did to enhance the richness of the colors. Beautiful!

comment by Albert at 01:37 PM (GMT) on 29 April, 2010

One of the best shots I've seen ever!!!

comment by Komang Tony at 02:54 PM (GMT) on 29 April, 2010

wow nice moments, nice tone colors, nice shot.. and cool photo

comment by mooch at 04:06 PM (GMT) on 29 April, 2010

I really do like this Dave. the colours are fantastic and the mackerel sky really adds to the composition. Wonderful vibrancy, amazing that you not only captured the deep hue of the sun but the rich blue of the sky as well.

comment by Andrey Samolinov at 07:40 PM (GMT) on 29 April, 2010

Remarkable picture
Very expressive sky
Absolutely great

comment by Thad at 07:58 PM (GMT) on 29 April, 2010

Too rich of a blue for Kodachrome. Too much contrast for Velvia. So, how did you shove get that Ektachrome 100 Pro in your 5D?

comment by Jason at 06:15 AM (GMT) on 30 April, 2010

This really is such a striking image! Definitely the most amazing clouds I have ever seen :)

comment by Pavan Kaul at 07:53 AM (GMT) on 30 April, 2010

One of the most stunning images I have seen...EVER!

comment by Mohammed Quzoq at 01:05 AM (GMT) on 1 May, 2010

I like the details and the sunset. Stunning picture

comment by djn1 at 05:46 AM (GMT) on 1 May, 2010

Thanks everyone :)

comment by mark at 01:37 PM (GMT) on 1 May, 2010

Such a strong and imposing sky, great shot

comment by zooperdido at 10:08 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2010

Beatiful shot!