It makes all the difference to balance the exposure.
How often have you seen a beautiful sunset and tried to photograph what your eyes are seeing? Sadly cameras don’t have the ability to see the dynamic range that our eyes do, and that lovely image is somehow reduced to either a landscape in silhouette, or a sky that is all washed out.
The only way to do the scene justice is to balance the exposure. This can be done in a couple of ways, namely taking multiple exposures and blending them later in Photoshop, or by using one or more Neutral Density Graduated filters placed in front of the lens. These filters are half grey and half clear and are designed to simply reduce the light from part of the image (usually the sky).
Even if you later enhance the exposure more in Photoshop, the filter will have allowed the camera to grab more detail for you to play with.
Of course I had to go back today 🙂
This time, I discovered a very different scene, with a strong freezing North sea wind whipping up the waves. As such I wasnt able to get as far out as yesterday before my fingers and ears went numb.
I had great pleasure exploring an area of sea defences at Felixstowe that I hadn’t even known existed until a few days ago. The moment I saw a glimpse of the structures whilst performing my usual virtual tour using Google maps and street view, I knew I’d found another potential location for some great images.
I first went there early in the morning hoping for a decent sunrise, but the conditions were a bit flat to say the least, although I did manage to grab a few keepers. However, it was the visit at the end of the day that exited me the most, as the sky was great and the tide was out, allowing me to explore the seaward facing side of the structure, where this morning there had been 4-5 foot of water!
I hope you like the images I managed to get?