Friday, January 2, 2009

Skywatch: Bandung Sunset January 02, 2008 - How to Take Golden Sunset Photograph with Your Digital Pocket Camera





This is what Bandung sunset looked like today.

This is a fresh (as is) photo from my 3.2 mega pixel digital pocket camera. I did no post-capture enhancement whatsoever to the photograph. I took this photo from the parking lot of Borma Supermarket on Jalan Dr. Setiabudhi in the north of Bandung at about six o'clock today.

Perhaps you're wondering how an old, cheap digital camera could take a picture as good as this?

Well, here is the simple tip for taking a golden sunset photo:
To take a golden sunset like this, set your camera white balance to "sunny" (usually symbolized with the sun icon in your camera button). This way, the warmth glow of the sunset sky will be rendered most strongly on the camera sensor. Try it. You'll be pleased at how your golden sunset photograph turns out.

This post is Bandung Daily Photo's participation in the weekly Skywatch Friday meme. To see other wonderful photographs of the sky this week, please follow the link.

18 comments:

Tanya said...

An amazing sunset! Glorious! Happy Skywatching :)

chanpheng said...

Interesting shot of a metallic sky. Too bad you can't take that gold and cash it in.

uncleawang said...

Wow!!amazing golden sunset.Thanks for the photography tip.

Buck said...

Lovely! I would never have thought of changing the white balance - I'm an old film guy, so I always think of aperture / shutter speed... Great tip for a great photo!

Ruth said...

That is a fiery sunset. Beautiful! I often take a sunset picture on a number of settings and then pick my favourite. The sky can be tricky, but you got this right.

Laurie said...

Oh, the beauty of a simple, unaltered image. Lovely, Eki.

esnorway said...

Nice pic happy new year

Rizal said...

hello again, mister ,
i also had a picture like you captured in my photostream ,
flickr.com/photos/nullsoftplayer
i forgot the title (doh) ,
but i give it a description like 'langitnya berwarna oranye' ,
bandung sky is always orange in the afternoon, right ?
i love it very much .

Virginia said...

You are a master with a point and shoot! Oh my this is beautiful Eki.
V

Mahmud Yussop said...

Awesome shot.To see the sky totally in yellow is indeed ,magnificient.

the donG said...

beautiful natural shot! so lucky to have captured it during that time.

Rambling Woods said...

Wow....that is beautiful...

The Arthur Clan said...

Your photo turned out beautifully! Thanks for adding it to SWF.

Arija said...

My goodness, how hell-fire orange can you get? Great shot!

Horsoon said...

Incredible shot! Good tip too ;)

Clement Hord said...

i love this scene !
bravo Bandung euuyyy

mizadgreat said...

wowww...fantastic...i always focus on colour when i view pic from profesional photographer....coz colour make our world beautiful...

Catherine said...

I hadn't seen your Sky watch Eki, because I haven't participated these last days.
Thanks for the information.
I think that we also need to have a special latitude to get those stuning colors. I haven't seen already such a marvel here in France.