One Sunset, Many Looks
Every Cloud Can Have A Silver Or Pink Or Red Lining
This past Saturday, we in the San Francisco Bay Area experienced a promising sunset for the first time in a while. The weather has been boring with clear blue skies of late. A small winter storm rolled through Saturday afternoon and was clearing out by sunset at 5PM. I headed out into Suisun Marsh to take some photos. I turned on Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) because I was shooting into the sunset and that is the ideal scenario for HDR photography. I did some experimenting with a graduated neutral density filter and a regular ND filter. I also adjusted white balance in camera just to preview. I shot in RAW so I could always change the white balance in post, but practicing at getting the shot mostly done in camera saves time in post processing.
I recently created an account with DailyMotion, the number 2 site for online video. I have grown frustrated with YouTube's monetization policy requiring explicit commercial approval for any elements in a video. I have used and continue to use CCMixter for audio in my video and timelapses. It's a great source for original audio that is Creative Commons licensed, some tracks even for commercial use. Yet, YouTube doesn't understand Creative Commons or is overly cautious of copyright violations, perhaps even to the point of driving away its content creators.