Friday, October 19, 2012

Pocket Snappy Sunset

Clouds change. Fast. If they changed slowly, you could easily predict breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. I was checking the perimeter with Charlie, our director of security, when this scene suddenly presented itself. My camera was set up for an astro shoot. There was no time to lose. I grabbed Mrs. UC's pocket camera, which she keeps charged and ready.
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The automatic settings on cameras take lousy sunset pics. They don't capture the rich colors unless you change the exposure compensation. I didn't have time to try different settings, so I guessed and set these at -0.7. Did you know that you can change the exposure compensation on your bonehead cell phone camera? Even in video mode.
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The only tough part is holding the camera steady. When you go in the negative numbers, the camera compensates by increasing the shutter time. Anything past -1.0 requires a tripod.

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