Wired Sunset

Wired Sunset

f/11, 1/100, ISO-100, 50mm

Have I mentioned that I hate power lines? Yes, I have, here. Well, I’m saying it again. Power lines screw up more photographs than any other single element I know of (other than the photographer, of course). Even in rural areas (or perhaps especially in rural areas) it’s extremely difficult to avoid them. If I had more time and skill perhaps I would put more effort into Photoshopping them out, but it seems like cheating somehow. Probably my journalism background showing again.

In any case, here’s another rare case where I just threw up my hands and decided to maximize a detested subject rather than try to avoid it. It was either make them work in the shot or lose the opportunity to capture a brilliant sunset. I’m not decided on how successful I managed to integrate the wires, but here it is.

Any novice can tell I bumped up the color effects considerably, and I am fully prepared to be told that I overdid it. I wanted grossly dramatic highlights on the clouds. I got that effect, but I also got an occasional hard line between the orange and blue.

It’s also the premier of my brand new watermark. Exciting times.

10 thoughts on “Wired Sunset

    • I’ve got a couple of shots that I keep telling myself I’m going to take the trouble to edit out the lines, but I haven’t bothered quite yet. Someday :)

  1. Yep I am joining the party. Back in December 3 of my friends took a trip into a historic town in MD only to find out that we wasted roughly 2 hours. Every single photo we took had power lines somewhere in the photos. I don’t yet have the skill to shop them out.

    • It does feel like a waste of effort sometimes. It can be hard to shop them out but there’s plenty of tutorials you find on Google and actually, with a little practice, it’s not that hard. I’d just rather be behind the camera than the keyboard :)

    • Thanks! It is really growing on me. I like it more than the swoopy one, but I am still tweaking it a bit. Sharp-eyed readers will be able to see some minor modifications to it in the coming few days. I am glad you like the coloring I did. I like it the more I look at it, but I do wish I’d had the chance to get a better foreground. Not just the power lines, but the junky trailer and all…just kinda spoils the mood.

  2. Perhaps it will be reassuring to hear that I did not notice the power lines until I read your words. So they do not stick out horribly. The first thing I noticed was the bright orange of the sunset contrasting with the darkness of the foreground.

    Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday.

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