Sunset at Lake Okeechobee

Feb 3, 2011 | Sunrises & Sunsets

This sunset didn’t come out as amazing as I expected. Shooting directly into the sun with a telephoto lens and expecting foreground clarity is impossible. That’s why I normally shoot my HDR images with a wide angle lens. Unfortunately with a wide angle lens the sun looks like a small tennis ball in the photo. I’ll play around a little more with my telephoto lens to see if I can improve my HDR results while shooting into the sun.

As for the photo, this was shot at the end of my Lake Okeechobee trip, where I drove around the 2nd largest landlocked lake in America. I did this tour to scout out the area for new places to shoot. For a 3 hour drive, of course it took me longer because of the stops, there was quite a bit of stuff to photograph. But I shot mostly birds since the sky was pretty bland.

I’ll do a post of all my best shots from the trip when I get some free time.

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Software Used for Processing Photo:
Photomatix – Used for creating high dynamic range.
Topaz Adjust – Photoshop plugin used to enhance details.
Topaz DeNoise – Photoshop plugin used to eliminate noise.
Topaz CleanPhotoshop plugin used to smooth pixels.

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Photography Style: High Dynamic Range
Digital Camera Used: Canon 5D Mark2
Lens Used: Canon 100-400mm f/5.6L USM
Photo Location: Lake Okeechobee, Florida