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Bettys Bay Autumn Sunset by hougaard Bettys Bay Autumn Sunset by hougaard
Another one of last week's mindblowing sunsets

I know the foreground is too busy, but the water was rippled in the more open parts of the water body.

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PhotographsByBri Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
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sweetness24 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
princessparanoid Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010   Photographer
awesome colors
meg1983 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010   Interface Designer
cRomoZone Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Featured in my latest journal: [link]
Have a nice day!
Li-Si Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
I had to catch my breathe....
lalisa-doniho Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
pure beauty :D
Alex37 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Another unbeleivable sunset Hougaard, you dont half get good ones down there! Youve done a great job with the composition and execution of the shot too.

cschoeps Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Wow, THAT sky I'm still waiting for ... in many of my landscape settings ;)

TwistedForeigner Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
What I admire in this photo is its technique and (thankfully) the great use you the filters you have made. It seems you really know how to work with them :)

The composition is also quite good, with the sea maybe a little too crowded, as you have noticed yourself. However, I believe that the sky being fully clouded it balances very well the overcrowded sea :)

What I would suggest is maybe reducing a little bit the contrast. I don't know if it was your intention to lose all the details on the front rocks (like a silhouete) but if it was done in post process, I may have reduced a little bit the contrast values.

However I feel that it is still a nice photograph :) Well done :)
WCSallySally Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
I really hope you have the image from 2 minutes later, or 4 minutes later? ... It also will be stellar.
WCSallySally Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
I saved it, and in Painter I will extract the awesome and almost unbelievable palette which the photo expresses. ...

I don't know what I could do that would even approach this, but the palette is irrepressible.

Those cluttered rocks in the foreground remind me of dark planets.
WolfXGizmosis Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
This is absolutely inspiring!
Existence-is-Futile Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
You know what you capture faaar too many of these for them to still be origional. so why the hell are they!!! I love this!
The reflection is beautiful, and slightly tainted - like good vs evil :D
LDFranklin Featured By Owner May 16, 2009   Photographer
This is absolutely fantastic! The color is just brilliant!
GuyWilliam Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
This piece has been featured here [link]
papatheo Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional Photographer
:D Your awesome work is featured here [link]
dwth Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 70th.:wave:
hhryah Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Stunning colors! And great detail- I think the rocks in the foreground make the photo even more aesthetically intriguing.
ladyrapid Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
This indeed a wonderful sunset, very intense colors and strength. I don't think the foreground is too busy, I think it adds an element of detail to the whole scene itself.

Nicely captured"

mutrus Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
Great shot :omg:
killthelight Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
Skies rule

What size lens did you use for this?
hougaard Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
aldebaran Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
the reflection is gorgeous!!!
absolutely in love with this piece!
LRMHamilton Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Whoa! Completely pink, purple, and black; now that's a sunset!:D
J-RG Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
Awesome sky!
KingStephenArthur Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Student Photographer
amazing shot, i don't think the foreground is too busy at all.

where was this taken?
SwmnYin Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
The colors are so beautiful, it almost looks surreal. Wonderful job!
stryder99 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
may I ask where you focused your camera on? Or is it many exponations?
isischneider Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009   Photographer
wonderful reflection,brilliant shot:D
aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Professional Photographer
Crap. I hope you brought a fresh pair of pants to change into after that one. The fg isn't 'busy' but completes the pic very well. 2 gnd? MA would be proud I think

hougaard Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
haha no the water was only about 20cm deep. Blend of 2 exposures about 3 stops apart, vibrance, saturated the blue channel, that's it. I'm dissapoint in MA, 3 months later he can't even reply to a simply email with a question that will take one sentence to answer. He's in a position where he has to tread lightly to keep a good online rep, and looks like he has chosen to ignore everything online unless you're interested in buying prints. It's sad to see him ignore people that aspire to him with so much passion.
aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Professional Photographer
Ha...the pants I meant from crapping yourself with awesomeness :-P See you are using the digital GND too ;-)

The MA conversation could be long. I had a similar experience with him, actually have an image dedicated to him "ode to..." and sent him a message through here but never heard back. In his defense there is a chance he's hiking somewhere for weeks at a time and cannot respond to all of us. I just hope he's as busy as he comes off and isnt just blowing off all the people he does inspire. On the flip side he's posted some of his techniques which is very generous. In any case, like I said, it could be a long convo :-P

Thank YOU for getting back to me though ;-)

hougaard Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
True, but I do agree with a few people that he's not fully disclosing his photoshop techniques through denial. If he said ' it took me years to develop it and it is a technique developed and treasure bla bla bla competitive edge', then I would respect it, but he should also respect the public's enquiries into his post processing and answer them honestly, or give an honest excuse to not answer honestly.

How do you think he got the detail in this tree ? [link]

and this one [link]

Tony Kuyper's luminosity mask concept... he's never mentioned using such a technique, but he does link to the site in his news article. I'm confused about the whole issue and starting to turn against him because he can't answer simple questions like 'did you use a t&s lens'
aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Professional Photographer
I agree with your arguement here. I do believe there is a lot of masking and blending in his work...knowing what I have shot and how I have acheived it and looking at his photos. I'm sure you feel the same way. As far as his 'self denial' I will have to hold off until I meet him to understand what kind of guy he is. Floris might be a good one to involve in this convo actually. I havent tried Tony's technique yet as I havent had to do detailed masking in a while but looks like it would be a great tool.

I'd say dont be too hard on him as we are all 'artists' and have liberty to do whichever in our medium, albeit it should be disclosed for the most part. He has and will be inspiration and we can always just take it as that :-P
hougaard Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
Yip, the one thing I learned from my workshop is never to judge an avatar until you've met the person. It changes your understanding of that person completely. Like you said, I think Floris might be able to help us out on this one as he knows Marc personally and he actually replys on mails in mere days.

Those masks are by far the most powerful image control tool for landscape photography that I've come across. Take 2 exposures, one with a tree against a bright sky. If there's enough contrast then the mask will select the tree more perfectly than you can imagine and you just paint the detail into the tree from an underlying brighter in those 2 shots of Marc I linked to
aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Professional Photographer
Also think it's funny that there's a group of us that are all familiar with one another and live all over the planet. One day we should all get together somewhere. That would be way fun.

For the masks...maybe I need to take another look at them as what you mentioned would be waaaay great for getting detail out of areas w/o getting that hard edged masking nonesense. And easier too. I'd say for what we know about photography he does plenty of filters then blending, regardless of what he says. But is work is still true, ie: what large format would be able to show. (at least i think that's true).

rock on!
MrsGraves Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
Amazing shot!
bergamont27 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
lucky you
TaGiRoCkS Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
instant :+fav:
this is one of those photos that just makes you go WOW!!
simply amazing, no other words to put it in
grevys Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
great - perfect exposure.
WILD-RAIN-73 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply stunning!
jrdnG Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
This is really so beautiful! Amazing colors. :+fav:
DracoAura Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
That is so beautiful!
darkfigure00 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009   Photographer
i agree with drewyboy and with saint-gut-free..

The foreground isn't too busy, it gives a nice contrast to the sky.

as for lacking a focus point, thats one of the things i like about this photo, the ability to get lost in the colours and depth.
Xeonix Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
I like the busy foreground! And the magneta levels are increadible!
LiaNoname Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
amazing!! :O
GreyWolfCoat Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
Incredible, *Hougaard. I would definitely buy this as a large print and frame it for my place. I'm a little stuck for cash but let me know if you'll be selling it soon and how much... You certainly have an 'eye' for quality.
roodsj2000 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
All I can say is "wow".
bobchrist Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
Nothing wrong with the foreground in this - exept maybe being a little ono the dark side... great shot
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