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A Tree Framed and Silhouetted by the Sunset

A Tree Framed and Silhouetted by the Sunset

One evening, a few weeks ago, I was looking out my bedroom window and noticed the silhouette of an old tree on the horizon. It suddenly occurred to me that it would be cool to get a photo with the sun passing directly behind the tree!

After many days of planning, and lots of prayers for good weather,  the moment was upon me. I had but a few seconds to squeeze off as many photos as my camera would allow while the sun slipped behind the tree and beyond the horizon.

The photo was shot with a 300mm telephoto zoom lens, using the camera’s live view function (to save my eyesight). To reduce any vibrations and blurring at this long focal length, I also used a tripod and remote shutter. I opted for a low ISO and faster shutter to intensify the natural colours in the sky, adding further drama to this spectacular sight, with minimal noise.

Update: I have tried this composition many times since, trying to improve upon the original photo, but the conditions have never been as good. Why would I do that? The original was photographed in JPEG mode and still needed a tight crop despite the 300mm focal length. I would love the opportunity to shoot in in RAW using a bigger lens or with a lens extension tube.


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Camera Settings (EXIF)

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/8000s