Sailing into the Sunset
Taken from Mallory Square, Key West, FL. Sigma SD14, Sigma 18-250mm OS @ 250mm, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/80s, hand held.

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Fri Oct 21, '11 06:40PM
Uploaded By: Roger Maki  


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Media ID 2011102512265171  
Date Fri Oct 21, '11 06:40PM
Comments 7
Views 1294
Uploaded By Roger Maki
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Awesome composition, Roger. Great color and mood.

I do not own the lens you are using here (that's quite a zoom range!) and I notice that you are all the way out at the far end of its capacity here. I also see that you are shooting at 1/80th while zoomed out to 250mm. So I am not sure if there is chromatic aberration going on or possibly camera shake at play, but I feel like the end result is a tad soft here and there within the image.

But I am captured by the mood you are presenting and that really makes this image a success. Thanks for posting!

Pat, the lens is one of Sigma's OS (optical stabilizer) models, which they claim can give me up to four extra stops, and I have another image that confirms that claim.  In this case, three extra stops would take my 1/80s shutter speed up to an equivalent 1/320s, which should be fine for hand holding the lens at 250mm.  Key West's Mallory Square is extremely crowded with people celebrating the sunset each night, so I rightly left my tripod in my truck, as there wouldn't have been enough room to use it safely.

Thanks Roger. Quite possibly the softness I am seeing is strictly a function of f6.3 - once again, great comp!

That's impressively dramatic. I'd really love to hear about the post processing on this one. I know you use the Sigma software to process your raw files, right? Did you have to make any adjustments to this?

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I used the Sigma Photo Pro 5 RAW conversion software for my initial processing.  In this case I adjusted sharpness, contrast, and exposure before saving the file as a TIFF.  I used Photoshop Elements 8 for my final processing.  I adjusted levels to set the black and then I used color variations to remove the blue cast from all of the shadow areas.  Finally I used unsharp mask before saving the file as a JPEG.

Beautiful color and comp Roger! Thumbs up!

Patrick - Are you looking at the 600x900 display version or the larger "original" version? Click the 900x600 version to see the "original" uploaded file. That version looks sharp to me.