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Old 21st May 2019
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How best to expose a sunset without a graduated filter?

Shot this last night and at the time just couldn't decide how best to expose it so I shot a few options. Here are a couple in jpg original form and then subsequently as a jpg similarly processed from the corresponding raw file in each case. I'd be very interested in your opinions on what's the best way to expose such a shot and on the quality of the final images I got in each case. I'll post my own thoughts later but I have to say I'm somewhat undecided as to which way is best.

So firstly the initial jpg shot with an exposure chosen to try and show details in both dark and light areas.


and the subsequent jpg from the corresponding raw file tweaked in Lightroom.


Second here is a jpg shot deliberately underexposed on the ground but better for the sky.


and the subsequent jpg from the corresponding raw file tweaked in Lightroom. I used the same LR settings as the shot before but then removed the graduated filter I'd added on the sky and boosted the shadows and tweaked the highlights and white clipping a bit.


Thoughts?, comments?, any critique, all welcome.
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