Before Sundown, Lake Sam Rayburn TX
Nini and I were treated to a beautiful sunset at Lake Sam Rayburn on MLK day. These reflection pools are an interesting new feature to our beach that I think may have come about since the lake is very high right now due to winter rains. The reflection pools were great for me, but for they made a muddy mess out of my dogs!
This is a single 0.8 second exposure. I used a three-stop soft-step graduated filter and a two-stop soft-step graduated filter to reduce the exposure above the horizon and above the reflection pool.
Critiques are always welcome.
UPDATE: HA! I have coined a new phrase: "dad crop"! I should add it to urbandictionary.com, except there is nothing urban about it. I agree a dad crop would work well here. I tried to achieve the effect Tom is mentioning during blue hour, moving the camera about 10 feet towards the sunset so that I was cropping the bottom reflection at the clouds. The decision for me is always to have the horizon in the top third or bottom third. If I can find a cool foreground I'll put the horizon in the top third, and if there is no cool foreground then I'll put the horizon in the bottom third to minimize the poor foreground. I'll also put the horizon in the bottom third if the sky has interest all the way to the top of the frame. But in this case there was only blue sky above where I cropped it in camera, so I decided to put the horizon in the top third and scrambled to find a decent foreground (which I'm very rarely satisfied with the foregrounds I find!). I also agree with Doug that the detail in the foreground mud is distracting. I played around with darkening the mud so that it was less distracting and now I'll go back and look at that again. Thanks for the critiques!!! I'll definitely reprocess this photo and make it better, and I'll post the blue hour photo taken shortly after this soon too.
UPDATE 2: I've updated this photo, darkening the mud to make it less distracting. I also added in some contrast. I'll post the original here and you can see both side by side.
Daily photo: January 23, 2013, taken January 21, 2013
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