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Any tips and or advice for taking pictures of a sunrise and or sunset?
I'm going to be in Hangzhou, China for the weekend. Supposedly the sunrise at the Westlake of Hangzhou is very beautiful. So I'll bring along my tripod to ensure that I can take a sharp picture with the possible slow shutter speed. I have no experience doing this and could use some advice on how to properly take a picture of a sunrise. Thanks!.

Edit: Btw, I'll be using a Canon XTI with a 17-40mm f/4 L. I also have a Canon 430EX flash as well...

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Learn how to bracket exposures and you may be able to composit a nice HDR.

It's probably too late for you to get/use/learn graduated neutral density filters...

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You need to preset a WB setting rather than use Auto WB or you will lose the colours.Chris Elliott.

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ND Grad filters are great. I tend to purposely underexpose sunsets. I can bring out what I need in post later. I left the EXIF data on these so take a look. I'm not the best buy I'm happy..

None of these use HDR or ND Grads. Taken either with a D80 18-135 or a D300 and an 85 f1.4. The light was changing fast and from gold to almost red in minutes as the storm moved in front of the sun..

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Cheers, Craig..

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Sgt_Strider wrote:.

I'm going to be in Hangzhou, China for the weekend. Supposedly thesunrise at the Westlake of Hangzhou is very beautiful. So I'll bringalong my tripod to ensure that I can take a sharp picture with thepossible slow shutter speed. I have no experience doing this andcould use some advice on how to properly take a picture of a sunrise.Thanks!.

Edit: Btw, I'll be using a Canon XTI with a 17-40mm f/4 L. I alsohave a Canon 430EX flash as well..

1. Meter off the sky near the sun. It's the colours in the sky that you want, not on the ground..

2. Include an identifiable silhouette in the foreground. Here's an example with a baobab tree against a sunset..

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3. Use the lake water as a reflector to illuminate someone or something in the foreground...

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Those are outstanding shots. I particularly like the reflection off the water in this one..

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Great colours...

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Use a tripod and shoot in Manual mode. Meter on the sky (but not on the sun) for maximum color or on the subject if you want more than a silhouette. Shoot in Raw..

You can see a few of my sunsets at my photohosting site, below..

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