The Stages of a Sunset

September 27, 2014  •  3 Comments

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, Polarizing Filter, Cokin 3-stop GND Filter, ISO 100, 1/4 @ f/16

I was out shooting Bruce Peninsula landscapes last night!  Having scouted this location on the previous evening, I had a specific shot in mind.  I was at this location for around 2 hours, with the goal of capturing the various stages of the sunset.  With this opening shot, I aimed to have the rock illuminated by the setting sun, contrasting with the blue water and sky.  It was still too bright out to have a long enough shutter speed to completely eliminate the waves, so the water isn't quite smooth.

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, Polarizing Filter, Cokin 3-stop GND Filter, ISO 100, 2.5" @ f/16

After the sun sets, the colours can actually improve over time.  This second photo was taken about 10 minutes after sunset, and it shows the muted pastel colours coming from the afterglow of sunset.  It was also dark enough for me to use a multiple second exposure, giving the foreground water a much smoother appearance, but the background is still slightly rippled.

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, Polarizing Filter, Cokin 3-stop GND Filter, ISO 200, 30" @ f/11

The 3rd photo was taken around 40 minutes after sunset, when the afterglow was at its peak!  It was getting quite dark at this point, and I used a much longer 30 second exposure, which completely smoothed out the water in the entire image.

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, Polarizing Filter, Cokin 3-stop GND Filter, ISO 100, 2.5" @ f/16

I also made a number of B&W images of this scene, which have a much different mood compared to the colour photos.

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Peter Ciokan, who owns the Foto Art photography store in Owen Sound, has very generously loaned me his personal Mamiya RB67 for the next few weeks, allowing me to shoot 6x7 medium format landscapes!  I'm just finishing my first roll, and I will hopefully have some results to post next week!  I will be taking the RB67 up to the Algonquin area tomorrow, and will be shooting some Velvia slide film for the first time next week as well!  I will also have an overview of the original Yashica Mat TLR (also generously loaned by Peter from the amazing Foto Art Camera Museum), and my Leica M Typ 240 overview will be coming shortly!


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Brendan Toews Photography
Thank you both!
David Fouchey(non-registered)
Outstanding series Brendan.
Sharon Douglas(non-registered)
Nice work Brendan!
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