Stephen Bay's Photography Blog

Predicting Sunrise and Sunset Colors

The holy grail for landscape photographers is to be able to accurately predict sunrise and sunset colors. I’m sure we’ve all had the experience of thinking that the sunset was going to be great only to have the colors fizzle out. Or perhaps you thought there wasn’t much potential and started driving home only to be stuck on the interstate when the colors exploded. In this article, I will discuss how I predict the colors for sunrise & sunset as well as link to the various tools that I use to inform my predictions.

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Landscape Photographers: Travel Less

Landscape photography often involves significant travel. If you’re like me, you live in the middle of a big city and there are very few opportunities to photograph the natural environment without getting into a car or boarding an airplane. I’m luckier than most – I live in San Diego and have the coast within a 20-30 minute drive of my home. But before I moved here, getting to a location meant driving for at least a few hours or boarding an airplane.

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Be Willing to Fail

As a landscape photographer, I often feel a lot of pressure to come away with a good photo when I go on a shoot. This could be because I’m traveling and I won’t be able to return to the location easily. Or it might be that I need certain environmental conditions such as the clouds and the tides to align which doesn’t happen that frequently. For some of my moon shots, I’ve waited over a year for the right alignment.

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Printing Photos on Metal FAQ

I get many questions from photographers about printing their photos on metal, especially for the various group exhibits I’m involved with in San Diego. So I’m going to try and answer the most common questions in this post.

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Sony Raw Compression Artifacts: Real Examples

One of the curses of shooting with Sony cameras is their RAW file format. Currently they only offer two methods for saving RAW files:

  1. a RAW file with lossy compression,
  2. an uncompressed RAW file.

Did you notice what’s missing? Sony doesn’t offer a lossless compressed RAW file unlike every other camera manufacturer. This makes me incredibly mad!

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