Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sunsets

Here are some sunsets I attempted throughout the summer.
July 6, 2013 - Allen, Texas
How I miss Texas sunsets! I spotted this one while shopping in Allen one evening; it reminded me of a tequila sunrise.
I drove around like a mad woman looking for a clear shot to no avail. At first I hated the power lines, but the more I
looked at it, the more I liked it.  Definitely adds an interesting graphical element.

August 3, 2013 - Lake Martin

August 4, 2013 - Port of Baton Rouge

Same as above
Most of these were shot with an aperture of f/16, using a tripod, of course. Unfortunately, when I got them on the computer it revealed horrible dust spots on my sensor. I must've cloned out over one hundred spots! So happy my local camera shop, Kadair's, was able to clean it right there in the store. I had read awhile back that the push/pull zooming mechanism on the 100-400mm lens could cause this problem. Whenever I use that lens now, I make sure I have it fully extended before I even mount it. I am also super careful during the change process. I'm like a lens changing Ninja now. So far, so good; it's been a month and I haven't seen one speck.

35 comments:

Buttons said...

Oh Gail your attention to this world we live in and your exceptional talent for bringing it to all of lucky to have found you makes my day. Beautiful. Hug B

EG CameraGirl said...

Gorgeous skies. I'm glad the photo shop was able to clean the camera's sensor so quickly!

Hilary said...

Oh my these are lovely. That second shot is stunning.

Kittie Howard said...

They're all gorgeous, but Lake Martin--ahhhh!

Thanks for the Like, Gail. I've got until the end of the month before Rachel can format A-Z so am continually going over it, hoping to get the right balance. Soooo much history, soooo many tidbits. But fun to dig into.

Our photos said...

Beautiful photos!
Greetings, RW & SK

Chatty Crone said...

I love each photo - don't know which I like better - Heavenly. sandie

Karen said...

Superb!

TexWisGirl said...

sorry, but the 2nd view blew the texas skies right off the map. :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I think the third one is my favorite. I am so glad that you're back! :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Each of these is beautiful,but if I were to pick a favourite it would be the lake Martin one. I heard too that the push-pull lens could result in dust spots,but have not had trouble with it. The up-side for me is that I have two camera bodies and the telephoto lens stays on one camera.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful skies Gail...you've taken some wonderful pictures while you were on your 'blog-cation'...thanks for sharing them....

eileeninmd said...

Gail lovely sky shots. The sunsets are beautiful. The 2nd and the last one are my favorites. Have a happy day!

Shug said...

Gorgeous! My amateur abilities to use my camera would have never allowed me to notice the dust... Your talent amazes me..

shug

bailey-road.com said...

Gorgeous shots, Gail.

Ann said...

oh,my!! i didn't understand most of the technical "speak"...but,i sure know marvelous,gorgeous photos when i see them!! the colors are magnificent!! i can't decide which i like best..they all speak to me in a different way
thank you for sharing your beautiful photos!!
by the way..have you heard more about the company that may be buying your photo?
hugs from Southern California!!!

Barb Brookbank said...

Gorgeous sunsets, Gail! I also can appreciate the power lines - very graphic. I'm not sure what you mean about the lens... why does dirt get in if it isn't fully extended? I can understand the changing part - I'm a Ninja there too!

hootnonny said...

These are awesome...love them all but if you made me choose one, I'd choose the second one, Lake Martin!

Brian King said...

Great two-tone sun in the first one! The second and third are my favorites...gorgeous!

You can get sensor cleaning kits that are easy to use. I had to clean mine once and it worked perfectly.

Linda said...

Oh my! I have NEVER seen the sun looking like it did in the Allen, Texas shot. It reminds me of the logo for one of those motel chains. But I didn't know such a thing existed in real life. :)

The yellow sunset was also something that I don't think I've ever seen before. These are so wonderful!

I'm guessing they were pre-macro. :)

Indrani said...

Such stunning captures!
Each better than the other.

Linda R said...

Such amazing photos my friend. LOVE them.. I have a spot on my sensor. Just got it about 2 weeks ago.. I really need to have it taken care of..

Hugs~

Phil Slade said...

Beautiful sunsets Gail. I especially like the second one with those yellow hues.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

One word...breathtaking!!! Or is that two? Should it be breath taking? In any case, these sunsets take my breath away!!

ladyfi said...

Wow - these shots are stunning!

rainfield61 said...

Oh yeah, you have not stopped shooting.

Stephanie said...

WHOA!!! Amazing photos, Gail! I love how each one is so different and unique :) Always a joy to see what you capture. Hugs!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I really like the Lake Martin pic!

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

I sure don't understand all ye camera lingo but I do know this: YOU ARE ONE FABULOUS PHOTOGRAPHER AND FRIEND.

Thanks for being back. I did miss you so much and am sooooo glad to have you back in blog-land again!!!!

Nancy said...

It would be impossible for me to choose just one as they are all beautiful....

Starla said...

YIPPEEEEE!!! My heart just smiled when I saw your comment on my blog! I've been checking your blog intermittently, but of course, I missed your return!!

Sigh...your photos always calm my soul. I LOVE the first sunset picture with the lines. It just has a geometric flare that I really like!!

So glad you are back and feeling better!!

Carletta said...

Oh my gosh Gail these are stunning!
I love the first one lines included and the second.
Wonderful captures!

pallavi puri said...

Hi Gail,

Such beautiful and stricking pictures ! Loved each one of them.
Another follower added to your list :)

Thanks,
Pallavi
palulife.blogspot.sg

Stewart M said...

Nice pictures - dust specks are such a pain - I had not heard of the zoom lens issue - I just assumed I was messy!

Stewart M - Melbourne

Donna said...

Stunning pictures Gail!!!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Absolutely stunning! Be assured that I am somewhat embarrassed about not being able to do more than merely repeat what most of the others have said, but in all fairness, I am quite stunned at this time!