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    Default how to take this kind of photo? exposure and post processing wise?

    hi guys i'm trying to take good pictures of the sun rays like


    credits to http://www.flickr.com/photos/star-man/


    credits to Jim Patterson

    but this is how my picture look like.



    is my exposure wrong??? or is because i dunno how to photoshop???

    my picture straight from the camera
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    It's just photoshop. 2 pictures at different exposures (one to get the sunrays, one for the lower part) then merged together. This is especially obvious in the first shot - the horizon is unnaturally straight.

    FYI, you should CREDIT the original photogs!!!!! Don't just anyhow leech their photos here!!!

    And since you got your pictures from somewhere... Why not ask the original photogs?
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    Default Re: how to take this kind of photo? exposure and post processing wise?

    The first 2 shots most probably used a GND filter to help properly expose the foreground

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    sorry add in the credits already. didnt know.

    i trying to ask why my sunrays not as obvious like them? i remember my eyes saw the sunrays quite nice so i took out my camera to shoot but dunno why the picture cannot see the sunrays

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    Default Re: how to take this kind of photo? exposure and post processing wise?

    Quote Originally Posted by hellfire88 View Post
    sorry add in the credits already. didnt know.

    i trying to ask why my sunrays not as obvious like them? i remember my eyes saw the sunrays quite nice so i took out my camera to shoot but dunno why the picture cannot see the sunrays
    one possible reason is you give too much exposure, everything waste out, try post a photo you took and we will analyze.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    one possible reason is you give too much exposure, everything waste out, try post a photo you took and we will analyze.
    the third picture is the one i took. the one at the bottom

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    What was the metering you used? Also, if the sky is too bright you may end up with either the background out foreground over/under exposed. This is where gnds or bracketing comes into place. After you get the shot, you will have to adjust abit in ps to get the effect
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    Quote Originally Posted by hellfire88 View Post
    the third picture is the one i took. the one at the bottom
    Then the sunrays are just not the type you see in the first two..... It's. That. Simple. It may be there, but God's Rays, the obvious type, it's not as simple as a cloud over the sun - your eye might be able to discern finer contrasts, but this is not true for the camera - if it's not standing out like a sore thumb, it won't appear in your picture.

    Occam's razor.

    Just to prove my point, you can dial down Gamma (under Exposure in Photoshop). You SHOULD be able to see any rays, given your exposure. I don't see anything more than (what could be) a faint whimper of rays..





    I did not even do much for my own photograph..
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyStrike View Post
    What was the metering you used? Also, if the sky is too bright you may end up with either the background out foreground over/under exposed. This is where gnds or bracketing comes into place. After you get the shot, you will have to adjust abit in ps to get the effect
    hi i shoot in av mode, matrix metering, juz set the aperture value to f16

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    Quote Originally Posted by edutilos- View Post
    Then the sunrays are just not the type you see in the first two..... It's. That. Simple. It may be there, but God's Rays, the obvious type, it's not as simple as a cloud over the sun - your eye might be able to discern finer contrasts, but this is not true for the camera - if it's not standing out like a sore thumb, it won't appear in your picture.

    Occam's razor.

    Just to prove my point, you can dial down Gamma (under Exposure in Photoshop). You SHOULD be able to see any rays, given your exposure. I don't see anything more than (what could be) a faint whimper of rays..





    I did not even do much for my own photograph..
    hi edutilos- thanks for the detailed reply. thanks to you now i understand why. will keep an eye out for better sunrays next time.

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