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    Hi Guys,
    been wanting to take a few nice Sunrise/Sunset shots.
    1. what are the things to look into when taking such shots?
    2. any specific FIlter required?
    3. Generally what are the cam's configuration for such shots?
    4. the need to use tripod?
    5. Will direct exposure of the CMOS to the sunlight do any harm?(long exposure / short exposure)
    6. Where's the best spot in Singapore for such shots??

    Still newbies here... would really appreciate soem help..

    pai seh pai seh...

    tqtq.

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    Try to meter the brightest area in the composition, so it'll throw some silhouettes. When composing, look for silhouettes that look like something prominent and not just a blob of black.

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    gee... you try the shooting yet?

    the advice i can give you is "Just do it".

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    Quote Originally Posted by mervlam
    gee... you try the shooting yet?

    the advice i can give you is "Just do it".
    well, no... still searching for a nice spot for the shot... not tat familiar with scenic places in Singapore... any recomendation? hehehehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by lingfoo
    well, no... still searching for a nice spot for the shot... not tat familiar with scenic places in Singapore... any recomendation? hehehehe
    Hi lingfoo,

    There are many places where you can take sunrise/sunset pics in Singapore. Just take a look at the many such pics posted by our members in the "Land/City-scapes, Travel" gallery to get some ideas. To help get you started, here are some:

    - HDB/CBD city scape.
    - Reservoirs such as MacRitchie
    - Mt Faber
    - Sentosa eg. Sunset Bay
    - West Coast Park
    - Tuas

    Happy shooting.

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    Default Places to try:

    East coast park jetty:

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    Kallang river:

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    Labrador:

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    Quote Originally Posted by whoelse
    East coast park jetty:

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    Kallang river:

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    Labrador:
    Nice pictures taken...
    I like those taken from Kallang river.
    Any tips or advice u can give to us?
    I'm newbie here too.
    Thx!

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    For pic one where u have a sun is not too strong and u wanna see ambien light, meter the camera on the back of your palm.

    Kallang type of scene, meter at grey cloud and I remember it's like 7:15pm and the meter that time was like 4sec. So long exposure will usually create dramatic colors like the above examples.

    For very strong sun but still able to look at it directly. Meter directly and becos the sun is bright your meter will meter like 4 stops below then ambien light. I usually do not compensate and leave it as it so the sun is expose correctly like this and the foreground will be a little darker. U can over ride 2-stops if u prefer the foregound to be brighter but then your sun will look burn out.

    Last, use a tripod. I am lazy and shoot almost all my low light photo with ultrapod. If u see some idiot looking guy tieing a ultapod on gate or nearby bench table it is most probably me.

    U also need to have your aperture set minimum f11-22. I normally use f16 to have a deep DOF and sharp images. Use a cable release or if lazy like me, use the self-timer release. If yr camera have mirror lockup feature, use it too.
    Last edited by whoelse; 29th March 2004 at 07:23 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lingfoo
    Hi Guys,
    been wanting to take a few nice Sunrise/Sunset shots.
    1. what are the things to look into when taking such shots?
    2. any specific FIlter required?
    3. Generally what are the cam's configuration for such shots?
    4. the need to use tripod?
    5. Will direct exposure of the CMOS to the sunlight do any harm?(long exposure / short exposure)
    6. Where's the best spot in Singapore for such shots??

    Still newbies here... would really appreciate soem help..

    pai seh pai seh...

    tqtq.
    You can try using a tobacco filter. It will add some warmth to your pictures.
    Don't think direct sunlight will harm your pictures, but you want to becareful abt your eyes though.
    There are a couple of places. For sunrise, there is Changi coastal raod, East Coast parkway, Changi beach. For sunset you can try Raffles marina, Labrador park etc.

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