• Mark L says:

    I am envious of your sunrise/sunset photos! I never seem able to get the right settings to capture both the vivid color and character of the sky and the foreground. Any suggestions on settings?
    Also, I recently traveled to Scotland and as expected was challenged by the mist/clouds/rain to get good contrast and definition. Perhaps you have some suggestions there. But when the sun did shine and the colors were brilliant, my clouds looked a bit over-highlighted and blown out.
    I shoot the XT-1 with the 18-135 lens. Any helpful hints would be appreciated.

  • Aaron Hunter says:

    Hey Dan,
    That was a great weekend! It was incredible to be immersed in imagery with no distractions for such an extended time. I really feel energized by the experience. We kept it up the next couple of days in Kenai as well–got some great images there as well.

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Hi Aaron,
    Thanks so much for the comment, It was great having you on the workshop and I really enjoyed meeting you and Stephen. I’m glad you had such a great time and that you feel energized. I’d love to see some of your post-workshop images, feel free to email me a few. Keep in touch and take care. – Dan

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Hi Mark,
    To capture the best light and color when shooting sunset photos, make sure you’re exposing for the brightest, most brilliant part of the scene. This will hold the tone for your vivid areas and let the darker areas of the scene drop to shadow, which helps increase drama and make for bold colors.

    Shooting in overcast light does present a number of problems. Here’s the short list of ways you can approach these kinds of scenes:

    1. Shoot in RAW so that you have the most room for adjustments. Overcast tends to darken exposures, so you’ll want to overexpose a bit, around +1 stop or more. Or shoot one of the lower contrast film sims, like ProNeg Std, or Classic Chrome.
    2. Go for drama in the clouds and let the foreground/landscape drop to black. Watch your histograms.
    3. Overcast skies look better in photos when you have either low clouds or fog that cut across the landscape, or when there’s fog or rain.
    4. Realize that overcast light just isn’t good for shooting big landscapes, and look inward. Shoot closeups, details, portraits and macro. These things really benefit from the soft light. If you are shooting landscapes in overcast light, you really need a prominent foreground that can bring the eye up front, then lead backwards.

    Hope that helps! – Dan

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    I have read you new book “Behind the Landscape.” I could not “put it down” meaning that I kept at it because each photo you presented/analyzed was interesting and informative. I am trying to develop an eye for composition (both the scene and the light).

    Thank you! The examples you present and the suggestions are very helpful. Purple Mountains, McKinley River and Wonder Lake are fascinating.

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    Your generosity to share, the clarity of thought and concise explanation thereof is brilliant. Perhaps I should also mention the beautiful photos and the talent necessary to produce them.

    Thank you, Dan.