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The Sun Was Trying To Hide This Morning!

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I was awake at around sunrise this morning, I looked out of the bedroom window, which faces south, and couldn’t understand why the sky looked grey, but there wasn’t a cloud in my view. So I moved to the Northern side of the house and it was a different view completely.

We are having hot air coming over from Africa currently with temperatures yesterday reaching 43 degrees, it could get even higher over the next few days with rumor of it reaching 50! This warm air is also bringing dust and combined with a small cloud masking the sun, I could see an amazing sunrise coming.

Still in my “Oscar the Grouch” bed shorts (maybe too much info!) I grabbed a camera, lens and tripod and headed outside. Just a few moments later, this was the stunning view!

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Hide and Rise
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Abandoned Windmill?

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I decided to return to the Windmill ruin visited a short while back at Sunset (click here for last visit), this time I wanted to shoot it at dusk. The photo was taken 10 minutes after Civil Twighlight (the time at which the human eye requires artificial light to see).

To add some drama to the photo I wanted light up the inside of the mill as if there was someone inside. I placed a remote flash inside the mill however after a few test shots, I couldn’t get the light correct. I could either get the inside lit or the floor outside lit but not both together. To finally get the shot I needed, I set the camera’s timer to 10secs, pressed the shutter and ran inside the mill. Once the 20 second exposure was being taken, I fired the flash manually twice, once at the walls and once pointing straight at the door way to create the lighting effect on the ground outside.

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Abandoned?

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Autumn Colours

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I was looking for some Autumn colours (with red as well as gold) today and struggled at Branston Water Park (Staffordshire) but I did see the sun shining through these trees that had a little red colour and thought it would capture well.

The shot is made up from 5 Bracketed shots of 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25 and 1/30sec (0.3EV) and then merged as a HDR in Lightroom

The warm weather might be disappearing after today, but at least we have the colours to look forward to.

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Autumn Colours
Autumn Colours – D810, AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14mm, f/11, ISO64, 5 Bracketed Shots – {Flickr Link}

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