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Sunset on day two of a family camping trip


Considering the image:  One of the joys of camping trips is having the time to relax and take in the sunset at a leisurely pace.  I caught this image just after finishing a great cookout and watching my boys catch a bunch of bluegill fish.  I just stood there watching the sky ripple with the colors and clouds.

Making the photograph:  I added a twist to this and decided I wanted to see the reeds and cattails as well as the sky and reflections in the water behind them.  I was away from the camera bag though, so I quickly hit the pop-up flash on my Canon 40D, twisted the dial to manual mode and dialed down the exposure value while raising the flash exposure value.  I think I ended up at -2EV for the overall exposure while hitting +2EV for the flash exposure.   I’m sure the flash exposure required so much compensation due to the relatively weak built-in flash.  Had I been using the 580EX, I’d have likely needed a straight 0EV flash exposure value or even less.

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Written by Brian Fancher

May 17, 2010 at 6:03 pm

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