The following is the camera settings used to photograph this picture:
# Exposure Time (1 / Shutter Speed) = 1/20 second = 0.05 second
# Lens F-Number/F-Stop = 13/1 = F13
# ISO Speed Ratings = 200
# Original Date/Time = 2009:02:06 18:16:33
# Shutter Speed Value (APEX) = 4321928/1000000
Shutter Speed (Exposure Time) = 1/20 second
# Aperture Value (APEX) = 7400879/1000000
Aperture = F13
# Flash = Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
# Focal Length = 23/1 mm = 23 mm
Actually, I used f/13 assuming that the foreground would be sharp too but it turned out blurry. How do I estimate what f stop to use? This is handheld sa I needed to run away from the waves when it comes at me so can't setup a tripod.
I would like feedback on post processing techniques.
Is there any way to compensate for not using a CPL filter?
what i can say is, you should try to learn how to take either hyperfocal, or if you want to shoot a stationary object like a bottle, you should have a better close up and isolation.
my above shot, a failure, cos i was trying to magnify the antz and get a full sharpness from where i am standing to infinity. apparently, unless i magnify it to a A0 poster, i can see the antz crawling... else as a normal monitor wallpaper, it lacks the details, but still a better sunrise pic than nothing.
I am not there.. so.. can't make out actual scene... without CPL...I would generally underexpose (up to 1 stop) the whole picture using Shutter than to use Aperture... I would keep it to f8~11...
The picture is not sharp not because of F13.. but of the attempt of a Hero whom is trying to shoot at 1/20, with a focal length of 23mm... We all get excited at times when we see a lady in bright red colour come into the picture....
It is not easy to save a dull or 'overlighted' sky (super sunny).
One alternative is high shutter, larger apeture, and use some fill in flash.
Again.. I am not there and don't be afraid to use flash / reflectors on bright days.