D70 setup for sunset photos... how do I?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Sheldon, Mar 17, 2005.

  1. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    What's the best way to setup a D70 for sunset photos, or is it just a matter
    of experimenting? My old Sony had a sunset mode on it that worked every
    time, exposing the sunset perfectly and letting the landscape just fall away
    and go dark.


    Sheldon, Mar 17, 2005
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  2. Sheldon

    Jay Beckman Guest

    Have you considered simply bracketing your exposures and noting which combo
    of f-stop and shutter works best?
    Jay Beckman, Mar 17, 2005
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  3. Sheldon

    Bubbabob Guest

    Also, make sure that you're not using auto white balance, which will suck
    the life right out of a sunset. Use daylight white balance.
    Bubbabob, Mar 17, 2005
  4. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    Thanks. Didn't think about that one.
    Sheldon, Mar 17, 2005
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    Start with A-mode, ~-2EV?
    Ed Ruf, Mar 17, 2005
  6. Sheldon

    Ed Ruf Guest

    I will respectfully disagree with this assessment for Nikon cameras, even
    the "lowly" P&S ones based upon my experience.
    For example:

    Now, if you are using the on camera flash, you are better off if you
    explicitly set the WB to Speedlight.
    Ed Ruf, Mar 17, 2005
  7. Sheldon

    Bubbabob Guest

    I didn't either until I trashed a couple of once-in-a-lifetime sunset shots
    on the Firehole River in Yellowstone. Deep, deep, oranges turned to a sort
    of dirty lemon color.
    Bubbabob, Mar 18, 2005
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    Crownfield Guest

    sonetime try a sunset with tungsten balance. interesting...
    Crownfield, Mar 18, 2005
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    Owamanga Guest

    Shoot RAW. White balance can be chosen/corrected at import time.
    Owamanga, Mar 18, 2005
  10. At least for the once-in-a-lifetime shots.
    Ben Rosengart, Mar 18, 2005
  11. What's the best way to setup a D70 for sunset photos, or is it just a matter
    Well, with the digital camera, just keep trying until you see a good
    exposure. (Use the histogram chart to see if the expore is really
    good.) Start with "sunny 16" (a sunny scene gets properly exposed at
    f/16 and a shutter speed roughly equal to the ISO), and work your way

    Or just put the camera on automatic and bracked widely.

    Dr. Joel M. Hoffman, Mar 18, 2005
  12. Sheldon

    Owamanga Guest

    More fun to bracket wildly, whilst making quiet 'weeee!' sounds.
    Owamanga, Mar 18, 2005
  13. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    Very cool shots. :) Are you saying that you left the white balance set to
    automatic for these shots? I realize I can shoot RAW and make the decision
    later, but I tend to shoot a lot in jpeg mode.

    Sheldon, Mar 19, 2005
  14. Sheldon

    Ed Ruf Guest

    Yes, if you note the full path, the first two were taken with a "lowly" P&S
    CP-990 which doesn't have a native raw mode. The D70 while taken in raw was
    processed with the as shot auto WB. So if shot in jpg would be the same.
    Ed Ruf, Mar 19, 2005
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    Stacey Guest

    Shoot daylight WB, auto could destroy the warm colors of the lighting.
    Stacey, Mar 19, 2005
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