I don't know if any of you have ever experienced this but last night, about midnight I saw the most awesome photograph opertunity. Outside my bedroom window across the garden is another house, and the entire sky was adorned with this eerie red glow, and the house with a backdrop of this red sky was just too good to miss...I dashed downstairs, grabbed my camera...Realised the batteries were dead so I replaced them, and then this strange glow had gone. I was not happy.
I got a few scrappy pictures of a faintish pink glow...But they aren't very spectacular...
Anyone ever had this?
Hmm...Got a sunset on our trip to Hull for Christmas:
Its nothing like the one I wanted to get...But its quite dramatic.
Been there. I think every photographer's been there. Always keep your batteries charged before you go out. Re-charge every night. It's like brushing your teeth. Go back to the same spot the next day at the same time. You might get lucky.
got this one on my way home from work
Thats actually very similar to the image I saw, only mine was literally midnight and it was an eerie red glow...Never seen it before. Your photograph is awesome...
I want to take a few seriously good photographs, ones I can be really proud of...Its deceptively difficult.
If your question is about the batteries, yes - we've all experienced that problem! I take so many pic's on this trip, I've started putting a fresh set of batteries in the camera in the morning and a backup set in my pocket - just in case (am running a charger and using rechargeables of course). I also zoom in and out a lot, which really drains batteries.
If you question is about sunset pictures looking washed out - yes, I was having this problem on a regular basis. It's because a lot of digital camera's try to adjust for poor light situations - so as it starts to get dark, they brighten up the picture. The best cure is if your camera has a setting to prevent it from doing this (force the low light to stay just that way - low). It took me a while, but finally got around to reading my camera's manual and low and behold, there was the fix (on my camera the setting looks like a moon sliver). If you're camera doesn't have such a setting, try turning on the forced flash. I've had some success with this as it tricks the camera into thinking it will have more light from the flash, so doesn't adjust the settings to brighten it up.
These idea's are from a far less than professional shutter bug - if one of the good photographer's has a better idea, I'd love to hear it also.