Shoot Your Own Sunset Wall Art – Part 2

Shoot Your Own Sunset Wall Art – Part 2


isn’t this just the coolest thing in the world, it’s absolutely amazing as the sun comes up from behind those clouds you may find if
you’re using an auto mode you may have to adjust your exposure, you may have to run with it because if you dont what will happen is that it will confuse your light meter , because if you’re shooting manually it should hold that, if you’re shooting with aperture priority light like myself you will have to keep increasing the exposure or it will fool the camera into making it darker and darker keep your eye on these things keep focused, keep concentrating, and enjoy that, isn’t that so beautiful jenny move, want it there’s nothing like bullying people out of the way let’s see what we can get oh no, that wasn’t the light view, that’s the light view let’s take that in a little more yes she’s rocking and rolling rolling baby look at that we’re going to lose that sun over the horizon very soon and i have a sneaky suspicion it’s going to set the sky on fire i put a tenner on it okay as professional photographers we’ve gotta do what we’ve gotta do to get the shot look at this man over here the waters freezing and i might have to do something similar later i just don’t know, the tied is coming in so fast back to work oh, look at that shoes and socks off, get in the water it’s freezing but it means you can get the shot something to think about i keep on talking about aperture priority, because that’s what i use i’m not saying its the only way but as the sun goes below the horizon your camera will start to think, oh that’s getting a bit dark, so it’ll start doing the opposite to what it did earlier its going to start brightening things up but unless you want it bright your going to have to do the opposite and start under-exposing it a bit, from what your cameras telling you to do otherwise it’s going to look too bright , its going to start thinking hey this is starting to look a bit day light-y , but we want this to start getting a bit darker now so very often you’ll have to under expose, just a bit, oh look at that look at that squeaked jane yes its going to run in a minute, oh yeah i see, this is how you can get trapped, isn’t it oh yes, just go above high water mark somewhere tarran no can you leg them up above the high water oh yes we’re getting some twinkly lights in town now there may even be some shots to be had that way, because the light have come on in town it could be there’s something to be shot from there, oh look at that its changing all the time there’s not a moment to lose in watching this this girl invited us here to come and look at some photography
with her and show me a picture of this place shes ended up lugging my bags around and making sure my boots don’t get full of water i owe her a beer well i’d like to thank you ever so much, owe you at least a beer i like these little ripples, and i like this water in fact i think i’m going to get in the water again and see if i can let them really blur it’s starting to get dark enough but we’ve got to use a tripod to do this so I’ve set the smallest aperture i can the lowest ISO i can, i’m not going to fun around trying to get a filter or something because i haven’t got time, i want to get on and shoot, and also the light level is dropping sufficiently enough that i can probably do this what i want to achieve is these waves just blurring as they come in to the beach am i in your shot? ok, what have we got through the view finder, nearly gone and aw yes, here we go here it is once again we’re now down to the four second exposure lets get those ripples, there they are wow, i love it, i really really love it i’m also getting interested in this water coming in behind the tied is sneaking in, and i’m looking everywhere, but at you but the tied is sneaking in behind us, look at this this is how people get trapped on beaches and drown so be careful if you do this unaware in
all seriousness if you’re going to do this be careful i know we can get round there, and i know how solid the ground is under here because this guy has photographed this place many times, i’m not too worried right let’s see what i can do with this little head land thing because i do rather like the idea of water either side we lets see what we can come up with, oh that’s cool look at that, isn’t that just totally totally totally beautiful and amazing it really is an incredible world we live
in that something as beautiful as that can go on i just love it, don’t you want to capture it so we’re about done now i kinda expected the sky to set on fire with that last sort of little bit of red, i don’t know if you can see but the horizon there, i did kind of hope it would come right across, but it didn’t none the less, it’s been a complete joy and a privilege for me to come here and take some pictures, because i spend so much time in an office and i love coming out into the real world and shoot some pictures it’s been fantastic and i hope its given you some kind of an insight in to what it takes to get a really beautiful picture, much like the ones you will see in ikea there’s a lot of work involving it isn’t
the case of going out and just taking loads and loads of pictures and hoping that they will be an iconically beautiful image in there, it wont work like that, you do have to do some research the journey for me began with a tip of from tarran and then we had er Google earth to look at it, to find out where it is, to find out wheres its pointed, which way is the sun going to come up and where is it going to come down and how we’re going to come about it we got here this morning i reckon eleven o’clock and i first started wrecking it and walking around it and figgering out angles that we wanted to be in so the moment that great evening light was wasted otherwise you arrive you think oh look the suns setting, oh quick in the car and its too late you’ve missed it, you’ve got to put some work into this do it on your own as well, don’t try doing this on a picnic with the family because you’re going to drive them nuts, their gonna hate you take your time work your way through it and you will go home with something you’re really really proud of and when people say to you, did you get that from Ikea? you can just say oh no that’s one that i took aha i love being big headed like that anyway the journey here tonight is over the the next thing to do this to go and
have a look in the office in the morning to see what we’ve got here we are back at camp I’ve loaded all the raw files into the computer, I’ve been through, I’ve edited them and I’ve found the image that i’m going to work on and i am going to do a little bit of work on it, just as a professional printer would have worked on a negative by dodging and burning to get the very best from it, and that’s what i’m going to do this image is slightly under exposed
because down here i kinda wanted to make sure that the sun was still there so the raw thing looks a bit dark and i didn’t want to lose detail around the sun, i didn’t want it to go white when you are working on a doing some
post-production you need to plan that just as you do the shoot so looking at this what i want to do is
a brighten it up, i want to get closer to the way my eyes saw it, so i want the light house a little bit brighter here, i want to keep this moody-ness into the sky and keep a little bit of detail in the foreground and with a raw file, with digital this is really really great because you can really really accurately dodge burn, and it just kind of lifted a bit so let’s have a look here first thing whit balance, i don’t really bother to white balance when i’m shooting raw because it’s so easy to correct with in post-production all i have to do is pick up my white balance tool here, right over something white, yes, that looks about right i kinda like that, that’s about right now let’s start work away we go let’s start brightening it up a bit, and add a bit more detail into that white house let’s push the sky back down a bit it gives a bit more detail into the sky there we go, lets keep that moody-ness at the top, too much, planning to do these things lets take a look at that white house let’s see what we can do to brighten it up that’s going to be too bright we don’t want it to look un-natural, just want it a little bit brighter, that’s it something subtle this is going to take me a while and where as this films more about shooting the image rather than post-production when you come back and join me in a
minute so there we go, job done, that’s how we want it to look all i have to do now is email it to my lab okay looks good doesn’t it, and i think that it absolutely belongs just there you know what the driving the planning the Google earth-ing the running around, taking test shots or wondering whether or not we were going to get the light or the shot at all, all the hanging around, the waiting the freezing cold feet, it was all so worth it

100 thoughts on “Shoot Your Own Sunset Wall Art – Part 2

  1. Thank you Richard – very English 😉 Please help us spread the word and grow the community by 'liking' 'G+ing', sharing our videos and linking to us on photo forums, Facebook etc

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  3. Really glad you added the post processing stuff in there. I enjoy this just as much as taking the photgraphs themselves…. Well almost 🙂

    Couple of Questions if I may, Mike?

    1) Are there any locations like this in Hampshire? I remember you are from this area somewhere. Lymington??

    2) How large can I blow-up my image? Taken with a Nikon D3200. I have a kit lens 18-55mm and hoping to get a 50mm any day now.

    Thanks for your time, and keep making these very helpful videos.

  4. Thank you. To answer your questions. 1) if by like this you mean lonely fre standing lighthouses I don't think there are. If anyone knows of one please comment.
    2) If you have 8 meggapixels or more, the image is sharp and well exposed you can make prints at least 24 inches wide and they look fine. Most cameras have around 20MP these days so you can print double that size provided you haven't cropped the original

  5. Beautiful! I'm hooked on your videos, I'm learning sooooo much! I get just as excited too when I know I'm getting or got the "money" shot!

  6. Thank you. Yes – for me that fantastic feeling is what photography is all about and is why i'm not that interested in different makes of cameras and kit. It's the 'Money Shot' that counts not the camera used to get it… 🙂

  7. Your tutorials are excellent and very well put together. I have learned so much through the way you explain things at a level the novice like myself can understand.  Thank you for all the effort you put into your vids.  Keep up the good work.

  8. very good videos can u tel me a bit about converging verticals should use a skyline filter wen shooting the sky and sunset

  9. Hi Mike, I can see you published this video in December, was this the month you shot it as well please?
    Thanks…..Mike

  10. It is very nice video. Thank you for more explaining. I use my canon 5 d mark II, but I like more dynamic-range Nikon than Canon :). I usually use polarizing filter when sunset and max. small aperture.    

  11. Mike, if you ever get the chance to do a shoot up here in Scotland be sure to visit the East Neuk of Fife – and give me a shout 🙂  Love the videos and your enthusiasm for the art.  Keep shooting! 

  12. Maybe it's just me…while I enjoyed the video…I don't feel any better informed on how to shoot a sunset/sunrise. Maybe I was expecting more of a tutorial talking about settings and technical stuff. 

    Also, since post production is such a huge part of digital photography, I'd LOVE to see more after the shot stuff…kind of a whole making of the photograph from start to finish kinda thing. 

  13. Great video and beautiful final image. So true about your comments regarding planning. Nothing quite like seeing a sunset on holiday, running back to the apartment to get the tripod only to miss it.

  14. This video(among so many others on this channel) is so inspiring. It really helps me put my photography into perspective and help me see where I want to go with it!

  15. Hi Mike, loved the video and the finished product- especially the framing. Wondered how you set about choosing your framer – I've not really been satisfied with what's offered by some of the big labs (Loxley, DS colour, one vision etc) . Maybe you could do a video at a framers? Mark Day

  16. Hi Mike, great video. Been watching a few of your beginner videos, even tho I consider myself more advanced, I still learnt little nuggets from each. Keep up the good work.

  17. Mike, I notice in your office in post production it seemed from the vid that there was a magnifying screen.  Can you explain what that is please?

  18. Mike, I love your videos and feel I have really learned a lot watching them. But, can I suggest a piece of gear you should consider? Rubber boots, I believe you call them "Wellies" over there. Here in Maine, we have to deal with ice cold water a lot also.
    Thanks again for all the work you put out for us.

  19. It's funny, these are the sort of photos that people like to buy but they're the sort of photos that universities hate.

  20. Hi Mike, I'm new to photography and finding your videos fantastic, easy to understand. Love this location, where is it?

  21. great 2 part mike there…enjoyed it as always, have you doen a video about where to buy frames for your prints at all? as iv seen you have done one on prints , so just wondering
    cheers again

  22. when you say to underexpose with your camera on Aperture priority , are you referring to using your exposure compensation function or using your shudder speed to lighten and or darken the exposure?  or both. Your videos are really excellent in explaining these techniques. Would really like to incorporate this into my fashion photography

  23. I love your passion for what you are doing and how you talk us through your every thought process, change of mind and stick to your guns about what you like or don't like. I also love the way you don't charge about like you own the place. Thanks for doing these videos.

  24. Mike, you are such a sweet man, thank you so much for making videos like this! Great help and I enjoy watching you getting excited about good shot. Please keep making these, great, great, great help! <3

  25. do you have any tips for light metering for these longer exposure lascape pictures? I have a film camera and I'm having a little trouble knowing how to have the right exposure time.

  26. Really great video and, as always, clearly explained and with real enthusiasm. Great series of videos and they have taught me loads. Just need to get out there and practice! Thanks again.

  27. I went to this lighthouse after watching this video, followed what you said and got (what I think) are amazing pictures!!! long trip from just outside London and back in one day though:)

  28. Your tutorials are amazing. I always learn a new tip or trick and I appreciate you sharing your knowledge and experiences with us. Keep the videos coming.

  29. This has been one of the best videos I have seen in your series!! I enjoyed it thoroughly and I felt I was in there honestly.. When encountering a scenario like that, you have to enjoy photography 100% and I did just seeing you enjoying it:) That is one of the aspects that I enjoy about photography the most …the adrenaline that I get myself through the process when I see a mental picture transformed in reality and the result is just awesome, like the picture you got.Thanks so much for conveying the joy that brings being a photographer.Gem:)

  30. Hello Mike, you rock man…
    if you can add your exposure details (mm, A+S+I) with all your pictures, it could be great for us to understand better. Thanks for the great videos, probably the best.

  31. Hi Mike, could you give me a little bit of help, my camera takes great photos, but none of them have much colour in them, at first I was thinking that it was the camera so I got another and it’s the same, I have to add more colour to my photos on my laptop all the time, I was using a canon, but ive now got a Samsung nx1000 and it’s a great little camera, ive looked in the manual but there’s nothing there about it, hope you can help, thanks Mike

  32. Mike, love all your videos. Just one question, is it possible to put the settings you use on all your pics?
    Eg: F5, Iso 200, shutter 500

  33. Great video, you just make it easy to understand. Instead of reading through 300+ comments, what is the tripod you use? I am looking to mount my spoting scope on the center pillar below the ballhead with my camera

  34. Excellent video Mike. I'm new to your channel and it's great. One question, what lens did you use for this shoot?

  35. mike ,that was fun and a joy to watch, i am going on a Caribbean cruise in three weeks time and i hope i will see lots of sunsets from the boat.you have great passion,for all yours shoots,and what i love about you mike is ,water or sand will not stop you,i agree you need to travel to ireland to get a pair of wellies and amazng shots lol btw any tips on shooting on a cruise?

  36. Wayyy late seeing this vid was published over 3 years ago, but I just got my first dslr last month. I used to enjoy shooting sunsets when my family went on vacay when my kids were younger. After seeing this series I am planning on heading to the beach in July when my daughter & I will be closer to the west coast of Florida.

  37. Thoroughly enjoyable video. I completely empathise having frozen my bits off waiting for the sun to do something stunning. I particularly loved and feel inspired by the way each change in your surroundings gave you another angle and perspective. Another excellent video. Thanks for this and all the other excellent and inspirational videos

  38. your excitement at the view really comes across, love how you took us through the process and what a fantastic result!! 😀

  39. Thanks for the video, I stumbled across one of you videos and have now watched quite a number of them. Ive been playing at photography for a few years now self taught from videos on YouTube but not really improved too much and lost a bit of confidence, your videos have helped me to try and get out there and keep photographing. I learned a lot about researching for best shot from this one and if I can get an image half as good as your one I'll be a very happy snapper thanks again

  40. This is one of the more underrated channels I've come across, this guy's very entertaining and answers questions I didn't even know I had.

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