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I've waited months to get this shot - there is a 3-4 week period twice a year when things line up!  Same spot up on Studley Park Road that I have used previously.  I was hoping desperately that the cloud didn't thicken as I drove over.

 

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sunset 

 

I might post a few more once I get through reviewing them.

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Hmmm... compositionally it isn't working for me, Chris. I am seeing too much black at the bottom of the frame and the close hanging branch on the left is intruding too much into the frame for my liking. 

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8 hours ago, Dallas said:

Hmmm... compositionally it isn't working for me, Chris. I am seeing too much black at the bottom of the frame and the close hanging branch on the left is intruding too much into the frame for my liking. 

I do have a few alternative compositions - I’m sure there will be one you like.  Unusual for me I spent an hour watching the sunset and sky darken and must have 50-60 shots with the tripod on exactly the same spot.

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22 hours ago, Dallas said:

Hmmm... compositionally it isn't working for me, Chris. I am seeing too much black at the bottom of the frame and the close hanging branch on the left is intruding too much into the frame for my liking. 

 

This is probably more to your taste - zoomed in for a tighter crop and also a bit more detail in the foreground.

 

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sunset 3 

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I did also wait for it to get dark.

 

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sunset 5 

 

And one of the few shots from a different angle when a flock of bats flew past....  or is it a swarm of bats?

 

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sunset 4 

 

Unfortunately the bats didn't fly across the more balanced parts of the scene, so the composition isn't quite so good.☹️

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I find the evening shots a lot more interesting to look at. 

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and the final couple....

 

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sunset 2 ...a zoom right into the sunset.

 

 

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sunset 6 

 

and a wider night scene.

 

All shot on Fuji X-E3 with either 18-55 or 55-200 and, something I don't do often enough, tripod mounted.

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... and the last one nails it. Worth the wait.

 

Poor old St Pauls is totally overwhelmed by all those buildings now - they may as well save on their power bill by turning the spotlights off these days.

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On 09/11/2019 at 22:26, Dallas said:

I find the evening shots a lot more interesting to look at. 

 

I'm not sure if you mean during or after sunset?

 

On 11/11/2019 at 00:11, Alan7140 said:

... and the last one nails it. Worth the wait.

 

Poor old St Pauls is totally overwhelmed by all those buildings now - they may as well save on their power bill by turning the spotlights off these days.

I do enjoy the night scenes myself too.  I think the cathedral provides an interesting contrast to the taller, newer buildings around it.  Hopefully it doesn't get blocked out of this view.  I think I need to find a new viewpoint to work from for a while.  Perhaps a return visit in mid-winter when the sun has set well to the right of this scene might give a cleaner, bluer night sky.  

 

Thanks to to everyone who has stopped by, even if just to look.

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