Natural Sunsets


Sunset_1 by V-Light
Thessaloniki | 30.10.2012


  After some very interesting comments on, if HDR is considered fake or not and when do we really need to post-process a photo, i thought i’d make this post, inspired by Robert‘s  latest post:, here are two sunset photos without any editing! Both were shot at Thessaloniki’s seafront and were created by combining several horizontal shots (16 shots at 17mm for the first photo and 8 shots at 35mm for the second one). I used Photoshop for the stitching and the only other thing i did was to resize them, put my watermark and done! There’s a real pleasure into getting a beautiful photo without any editing. As i said i do like to use HDR and enjoy to edit my photos in order to re-create exactly what i was feeling, not only seeing, at each place i’ve visited but sometimes there’s really no need to do anything.

Thessaloniki | 06.02.2011


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11 thoughts on “Natural Sunsets

  1. Thanks for thinking of me with your post – glad to hear that others are weighing in on the HDR issue. It is something I have given a lot of thought to since moving to digital – as I rationalize Photoshop processing – I relate it to shooting with film – do I choose a slow or fast film? – what developer do I use? – how do I crop, dodge and burn in the enlarger? – what paper do I use??? All decisions effecting the final result.
    I like you panoramas here – that is quite a few frames to blend together – I have to admit I am partial to the “wide view” of things – Have a great weekend Alexandra!

    1. I can understand that, i started out with a film camera too and learned how to develop photos in a darkroom. There’s so many possibilities with Photoshop but i think everyone should end up having their own personal style. Choosing certain plugins and adjustments, like choosing to use a certain kind of developer and paper. Maybe the 16 shots are a bit too much but what you cannot see in the photo is that i actually cover the whole seafront…from the east side of the city to the west. Still i prefer to have too much material to work with, rather than missing something and ending up with a useless panorama. Have a great weekend yourself, Robert! 🙂

    1. Thank you very much and very well said. I read somewhere that you can identify a totally amateur photographer by the fact that they never make the effort to take anything else than the typical eye-level landscape photo. If you think about it i think it’s probably true.

  2. I’m new to your blog and have therefore not noticed the debate about HDR. (Also, I’m not a native-speaker and therefore some sayings may be wrong 😉 )
    The most important statement you’ve made ​​is in your last sentence (… what i was feeling, seeing not only …). Photography is always subjective, is about our moods at the time of shooting. Therefore each tool that helps to incorporate your emotions into a photo is correct.
    Have a nice weekend RG

    1. Hey! Thank you for following my blog! I hope you like it so far! I made a post two days ago about one of my photos and some comments i received in an exhibition i took part. In the majority i received a ton of great comments but there were a few people that thought the photo could not possibly be real and they even doubted that i was actually at that place! Hahaha… If you like take a look here and tell me your opinion: And don’t worry about your English, i’m half Greek, half Austrian and my mind goes back and forth between, Greek, German and English. Sometimes i want to say something in English but i think about it in German and then i can’t find the right words to say it! Where are you from? I noticed your blog is in German. You’ve got some really nice photos by the way! I congratulate you for your courage to do a 365 project…I don’t think i could ever do that.

    1. Thank you very much Mitza! No, it’s not hard but it depends on what software you use for your editing. You can easily create a custom watermark brush with Photoshop, like the one i have. Go to File ->New, in the file dimensions put something like 1000×1000 pixels, you don’t really need a big file for this and most importantly in the background contents tab, select Transparent. Now you can use the type tool and write whatever you want, or maybe draw something. When you are finished, you can use the crop tool if you want to make an exact selection of your design, it’s not necessary though. Then lastly go to Edit and then Define Brush Preset, choose a name for your brush and save it. Now open a photo you want to watermark, choose the Brush Tool and in the brush preset picker you’ll find the brush you just created next to the other ones. You can use it as any other brush, change the color, the opacity and its size. I don’t know if that was any help. Please let me know if i can do anything more for you.

      1. Thanks a lot for taking so much time for explanation. I have passed this on to my son. There are too many difficult words in it that I don’t know, but he understood what to do. We usually use GIMP but he said you can do that, too.
        thanks again and many regards Mitza

        1. No problem 🙂 Well, if you use Gimp, you could actually save the document you created in Photoshop as a .png and you can probably import it and use the exact same one in Gimp too. I don’t know what options Gimp offers if you want to create the watermark in there, so i cannot help any further. Hoping your son will be able to help you out more 🙂 Have a nice week!

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