Sep 21, 2015

Behind the Shot - Technique, Camera Settings and Circumstances of Sunset over Cape Cod Bay


Heading south of Boston on Route 3 brings you right to Cape Cod, a pristine summer get away and vacation destination for many New Englanders. I routinely make the 1 and a half hour drive down to the Cape to capture its beautiful coastal scenery at all times of the day and in all seasons. During my last photo trip this summer I returned to Paine's Beach and Landing to photograph an oyster farming setting with baskets, cases, and beds. This evening clear skies dominated and coincided with low tide and a full moon rising across Cape Cod Bay. The sun was already very low painting the beach in beautiful hues. I found Jellyfish on the beach that beautifully reflected the sunset light. The sun was about to sink below the horizon when I used the oyster farming equipment and poaching cases in this Cape Cod coastal living photography image as an interesting foreground feature. My Canon camera and lens was equipped with a split neutral density filter to overcome the high contrast between the darker foreground and the flaming sunset sky. 

Aperture was f/22, resulting in a 1 second exposure time at ISO 100. During my routine post processing I removed dust spots, adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before sharpening the final Cape Cod Sunset photography image.
Good light and happy photo making!

Juergen