Fire Sun

The sun was dull red when i fed birds an hour or two ago, but when I went back out to photograph it, it had yellowed up quite a bit, though you could still look at it. The software seems to interpret the colors rather differently depending on the exposure. When I had the sun looking right, the background was pretty dark but it came up fairly close to gray when I adjusted levels in PS. When I exposed for the sky and let the sun almost blow out, the sky came out a reddish tan. They make two rather different images, so I’ll post them both here.

Darker original:

And lighter original:

For this challenge, I deliberately avoided any elements other than sun and sky.

What technical feedback would you like if any?


What artistic feedback would you like if any?


Pertinent technical details or techniques:

Sony A6500, FE200-600 @600 mm, tripod with ball head and Sidekick mount, Shutter speed was the only difference in settings. Both were at f/8 and iso 200. The darker was at 1/4000 and the brighter at 1/640. Processed in LR & PS CC. Adjustments to sun and sky done through Luminosity masks. Taken at ~9.)) this morning.

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Such a sad, but beautiful, photo of an awful situation out there Dennis. I do prefer the “darker” version. Wonderful image. . . and hoping for the best for all of you out in the west.

Looks familiar. Did you try combining them - yellow sun with lighter sky? I like the orangish glow around the sun in the lighter sky version.

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I’ve been playing with a lot of alternatives @Bonnie_Lampley. I still haven’t found a combination that really gives the feeling the way I’d like. Unfortunately, I’ll probably have another opportunity tomorrow to get it earlier and see what I can do with it. I should go over to my neighbor’s place to get the blackened earth in the foreground to really make it come across.

I think it is really difficult to make it look like it is because of contrast issues. Bonny probably has a lot more smoke than we do. The darker image works best for me. I will also say there is something rather familiar about the subject matter.

Oh heavens, you’re burning there? I’m sorry. It would be dramatic, though, to get a foreground of burnt earth.

That is certainly a minimalist image. Minimalist art is supposedly of subjects that have geometric shapes.

Dennis, this is a good looking commentary (especially the darker version) on a sad event, the mid-Atlantic couldn’t see the sun on Wed. due to a thick layer of smoke at 30,000 feet.

Dennis, I have been thinking about you all out west. I can’t even imagine what it must be like. It is a sad situation. I like the darker image as well. Please stay safe.