Fri - October 19, 2007

Sunset over the Boyd Lake - Another Composition Idea for a Horizon in Your Picture?

I did not paddle my regular loop around the Boyd Lake tonight. The wind was quite strong with very powerful gusts, so I preferred to stay under protection of the western shore. I tried to photograph some interesting clouds rolling over the sky, but the wind was making difficult to hold the wing paddle together with a camera, and balance my Thunderbolt kayak.
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The real sky show started just after the sunset. I shot a few pictures still from the kayak and, then, moved to a beach. I shot about 150 pictures in 30 minutes. Unfortunately, I had only my paddling camera, Pentax Optio W10. I was trying all possible compositions, horizontal and vertical formats over the lake and over the mountains.

The above picture shows another option for the placement of a horizon in your frame. I am just not sure if everybody will like it. I wonder whether I would tilt to follow cloud formations when composing with a DSLR camera on a tripod. I know that I would shoot a panorama.

I am still under impression of that sky display. More pictures will be showing up here. I feel very lucky with photo opportunities during my recent evening paddling not so far away from home: Boyd Lake, Beaver Pond in Arapaho Bend Natural Area, or South Platte River (a photo trip report is coming). The South Platte has plenty of water for paddling right now.

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