Sunset Cameo in Briar Tree Photo Shoot

28 01 2012

I’ve been wanting to go out and get some sunset shots for a while but as you know I like to put a twist on things like that. There are a couple great places in town to watch the sun go down. We have a lake, tons of open fields, a college campus, a National historic site. I ended up deciding on an old tree on the side of the road. I didn’t want the sunset to be the main focus of the image so I got in close and was excited to find a huge overgrowth of thorns surrounding the tree. This was bad for my arms and legs but fantastic for my photographs.

I decided not to capitalize on the thorns for my first frame and was really pleased with it. I got in tight on the end of a small branch and the sun played really well in the background. I love macro and I love shallow Depth of Field so I loved this photo.

I love how much action we’re seeing in the defocused portions of this image. From the leaf to the stray twigs to, of course, the sun, this image worked well for me. I had to switch over to manual focus which was a challenge because I was shooting freehand macros while trying to lean over a briar patch :)

This shot was my favorite. I expanded the DoF a bit by pushing out to f/4. This got me some more twig action but still did its job on the sun and other background elements. My trick for manually focusing these shots was largely breathing control. I started out trying to chase the focus with the ring as my body moved slightly but I fell behind in most of my shots. I finally decided to get the focus right once and wait for myself to be at that exact point to shoot. I think of the old joke a slow watch is never right but a broken watch is right twice a day. My breathing patterned my body into a gentle sway and I timed my shots for the right focus. (I shot the picture when I passed through the right moment, get it?) :)

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80 responses

28 01 2012
Chillbrook

I like these very much!

28 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Chillbrook, I’m glad you stopped by!

28 01 2012
kamoorephoto

Really love that last shot; great framing.

28 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, it’s my favorite too :)

28 01 2012
joze perspective

Great shots! I really like the color in the sun in the last one.

28 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you like it!

28 01 2012
rutheh

A mysterious feel.

28 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you got that out of it :)

28 01 2012
victoriaaphotography

Love the last shot.

28 01 2012
96arley

Thanks!

28 01 2012
Victor Ho

Good series. Try to increase the saturation, either in camera or post processing. It will make your colors pop.

28 01 2012
96arley

Okay, thanks for the tip!

28 01 2012
lomocub

There’s something almost magical about the light of a sunset and what it does to the things it illuminates (or in some cases, what it shadows). Great work!

28 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, it’s good for a photographer to know how to use light, it’s all we have to work with when it comes down to it :)

28 01 2012
Dezra Despain

I’m holding my breath with you! Beautiful, and interesting, sunset shots.

28 01 2012
96arley

Thanks you Dezra. :) that made me smile, thanks for stopping by again

28 01 2012
ladyfi

Wow – that middle shot is stunning! The sun is in exactly the right place.

28 01 2012
96arley

I’m glad you liked it :)

28 01 2012
Inga

Really lovely shots. I especially like the last one, it’s both beautiful and very interesting.

28 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Inga, I’m glad you like it

28 01 2012
Spyder Creations Photography

The middle photo is my favorite. It looks like everything is wrapping around the sun and holding it up. Looks cool.

28 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, glad you liked it

28 01 2012
J. Miller

Nice use of contrast, and my thoughts echoed yours on the last being the best, before I even read the commentary below it. I do often work ‘without a net’ so to speak when it comes to turning off many of the automatic settings, even going so far as to go fully manual, except not often for auto-focus, unless it’s on a tripod. Brave soul, you. :-)

28 01 2012
96arley

Haha, my fantastic Nikon D3s shoots 9fps so I usually get at least one lucky click in there somewhere ;)

28 01 2012
Cheri

These are great perspective shots. The second being my favorite with detail and blur combining and the setting sun captured within the circular twig and barb. Very nice shot. Spectacular photos often emerge from points outside traditional comfort zones.

28 01 2012
96arley

:) well said, thanks for stopping by

28 01 2012
cessology

That’s sunset with a hint of drama. All three are great, but my fave’s the second one. Awesome! ;)

28 01 2012
96arley

I’m glad you liked them, thanks for stopping by

28 01 2012
Mona

I definitely love your images…but your narrative… it almost surpasses you skill as a photographer. I enjoy the explanations of how you got the shots. You may not realize (or maybe you do) the instructional quality of your posts.

29 01 2012
96arley

I definitely strive to be readable and I want people to learn from my writing. I’m glad you’ve gotten a lot out of it :)

28 01 2012
Mona

WOW … I just read my post & see my typo … YOUR skill

29 01 2012
96arley

:)

29 01 2012
jbmumofone

What great shots! And great story too :)

30 01 2012
96arley

Thank You, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

29 01 2012
James Dunn

amazing photographs, not just these but there rest on you blog, congrats!

29 01 2012
96arley

Thanks James, glad you’re enjoying it

29 01 2012
carolbsessums

Love this post. Most interesting shots. The last, especially, is truly awesome. Thanks for stopping by and the Like, as well. ;)

29 01 2012
96arley

Your welcome and I’m glad you liked them :)

29 01 2012
an.ha

Hello Arley,
nice shots, congratulations! :D How long did it take to get the shots?
Kind regards,
Andreas

30 01 2012
96arley

I probably spent 10 or 15 minutes on location, different angles, different exposures, different distances from the subject. I really had a good feel for what I wanted so it didn’t take that long.

29 01 2012
Camerahappy

Awesome shot..

30 01 2012
96arley

Thank you, I’m glad you liked it

29 01 2012
Jenn

Hey-thanks for having stopped by my blog – you visited my “Oy Vey Politics are Seeping…” post. I’m glad I stopped by – I have been displaying more and more of my photos. I have tons I’ve taken – lots of cropping goes along with that. I liked reading this post – I know what you mean. Digital cameras are so different from the old 35mm – not that I’m an expert – just taken photos with both. Personally, love the digital and wish I had a way-better camera than the run-of-the-mill Sony (which I love, just recognize there are better models than the one I have … $ and hobby alone. Doesn’t warrant the $. ) I love the photos in this post. Wonderful! Wonderful! So with a look at the photos and a read of the post, I’m encourage (as your “about” indicates) to have a little more “focus” in my hobby and see what comes of that! Enjoyed my visit. Thanks, again. Jenn

30 01 2012
96arley

I’m glad it made an impression, best of luck in your hobby and thanks for visiting

29 01 2012
camillabehrens

Amazing! The negative space is so good!

30 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you approve :)

29 01 2012
Hot Rod Cowgirl

Love it….I am learning as I go with shooting pictures….have been a writer for years but the camera for me is a new tool…if you capture the moment…that one blink second…you can tell the entire story with a picture….thank you for stopping in on my blog and also for sharing your shots:)

30 01 2012
96arley

I’m glad you enjoyed it

30 01 2012
fazle2719

good shots my friend :D

30 01 2012
96arley

Thank You, and thanks for stopping in and looking around

30 01 2012
Folding Mirror Poetry

Great ideas and images. Thanks for sharing and visiting my blog. I look forward to seeing more…

30 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you’re enjoying it

30 01 2012
enmanscamera

I did enjoy this series… and your…hmm…lets use a photo word here, “Perspective” on your approach to photography.

30 01 2012
96arley

Nice word and thanks, I’m glad you like it :)

30 01 2012
McFadden Studios

Hey, thanks for stopping by our blog. Glad you liked it. Beautiful sunset photos! <3

30 01 2012
96arley

Thank you, I love shooting sunsets

30 01 2012
Ed

Great shot with excellent use of DOF..:-)

31 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m a small aperture freak, :) I’m glad you liked it

30 01 2012
Steve Barnes

Nice images!
I too use the breathing trick when I’m taking a shot up close!
Cheers
Steve

31 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad it’s not just some goofy thing I do :)

30 01 2012
eof737

Stunning shots… :-)

31 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, glad you enjoyed them

30 01 2012
Penelope

Great photos!

31 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you think so

30 01 2012
lorrelee1970

Really quite stunning.

31 01 2012
96arley

Thank You for your kind words

31 01 2012
MikeC366

Arley, some nice shots here. I had no idea what a briar tree/patch looked like. The dark muted colours and the shallow depth of field add a kind of movements to the shots. You could almost imagine them being barbed wire from the first world war.
They have a kind of dark feeling to them, but I really like them a lot.
Thanks
Mike.

31 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Mike, I like the connection. I appreciate you stopping by

31 01 2012
Khairul Idzwan [Khai]

Nice sunset photos you have there. :) I like it.

31 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’l glad you liked them

31 01 2012
flatland57

Beautiful shots. Damn! What composition & depth. I’m totally impressed.

31 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, glad I made an impression

31 01 2012
H2O by Joanna

These pictures are really awesome… I love them! My favorite is the second one…the way you captured the sun!

31 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

4 02 2012
niasunset

It is impossible not to be inspired… So interesting and wonderful shot… I love these kind of works. Thank you Arley, with my love, nia

5 02 2012
96arley

Glad you’ve enjoyed these

15 02 2012
Jane Mow

hi!! Just wondering if you use any other cameras apart from the Nikkon D3s? I’ve been inspired by your blog & i’m learning a lot. I’m yet to purchase an SLR of my own. I was leaning more towards the canon range.

15 02 2012
96arley

I’m a huge Nikon person myself. I have limited experience with Canon but know many people happy with theirs. Here’s a link to a post called “In My Bag” where I talk about the equipment I own and the equipment I’m familiar enough with to recommend. It’s all Nikon but I hope it may point you in the right direction. (Side note, if you decide to buy from Amazon and you use any of those links to get there, even if you navigate to a Canon camera, I get a little referral money from Amazon which help me expand what I can do here on shootabout) http://shootabout.com/2012/02/06/in-my-bag-equipment-review/

24 02 2012
leanna

Love your version of sunset and the very yummy dept of field :3

25 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Leanna, I’m a DoF junkie :)

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