Location: Norwich, Norfolk, UK – Date Taken: 24/12/2015
St James Hill in Norwich near the prison is one of my favorite places to take images because it offers views overlooking the city. It is also a convenient place for me to access as I can walk from the office in about 20 minutes up the very steep and tiring hill.
Capturing the sunset is unusual for me at this time of year as I do not get out if the office till around 6pm while the sunsets around 4pm. As this was Christmas Eve it was a shorter working day making this image possible.
Although I have been to this spot many times taking the same view I usually come away with a different picture every time and so far this has been on of my favorites which finishes off 2015 nicely.
I really like the range of colours in this image with the purples and oranges with the rain and cloud introducing an additional element.
My typical approach to capturing landscapes is to defiantly use a tripod or use a flat surface. This is to eliminate any camera shake that can be introduced by pressing the shutter button.
I had used the bracketing feature of the camera to automatically take 3 images. The first one normal and then the other two as darker and then lighter to later merge into one image to HDR illuminating the whole scene. In this case I just used the one image as I think the buildings being in silhouette is more interesting and striking.
Most of the time I have the camera set to -1 Exposure Compensation to make the picture darker then what the camera exposes for to make sure I have enough detail in the sky. Most cameras will automate taking three or more images when the self timer is active at the same time as bracketing.
- Camera: Fuji X-E1
- Lens: Fuji 35mm f1.4
- ISO: 200
- 1/35 Seconds
- -1 EV
- RAW File
Edited in Adobe Lightroom 6