Forecast: Cloudy, Showers, Rain, Rain, Cloudy, Partly Cloudy, Showers, Rinse, Repeat. No one checks Weatherbug like I do. It's the best and most used app on my cell phone.
So, what is one to do when capturing a sunset means moving to another state?
Here's what I did.
Corey had been surrendered to a high-kill shelter in South Carolina by his owners, before coming to Pennsylvania and the rescue. He is about 2 years old, a Shepherd/Black Mouth Cur mix. His new Mom has spent much love and patience retraining him and he is a fantastic poser, not to mention those expressive ears and eyes!
The key here was to go back through sunset photos I have taken (as my own stash of backgrounds) and some overlays to find what I thought could mesh well. Some of the things that are helpful to keep in the mix when I have a notion in my head to use a background or overlay are:
- shoot with the thought of the overlay or background in mind
- make sure the horizon (whatever it is made up of--in this case trees and brush--is flat and even, or easy to work with in terms of placing an overlay/background)
- choose the overlay or background to blend well with the color of the subject
- remember that "blur" is your friend.
I thought this choice and the color of this sunset blended well with Corey's coat color. I wasn't looking for direct opposites here, but wanted to stay in the same palette.
The photo was taken at 7:30 p.m. with a Nikon D800, using a 24-70mm Sigma lens. The settings were f/3.2, 1/200, ISO 100, reflector camera left.
Here is one more taken at a different angle. In this photo I broke my rule about a flat/even skyline. It takes much more work to get an overlay between those tree branches, but challenges are fun, too.
For more of what I am sure will be real, and beautiful, sunsets, take a stroll through the blog circle, starting with Kim Hollis of BARKography based in Charlotte NC. Happy and restful Memorial Day weekend to all! I hope you have many and great sunsets!