Sunset at the Lake

Sunset at the Lake

While we were at Kentucky Lake with our friends the Riedels and the Streets, we went for an evening cruise up into Kentucky for dinner, and that’s when this previously posted photo of Laura was taken.

We had stopped out in the lake to get a good view of the sunset, but for a while we weren’t sure the sunset was even going to be worth looking at. All those clouds that you can see were blocking the sun almost completely. But then right before it went down behind the trees, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds for just a minute or two. And that view made it all totally worth it, as you can see here.

Sunsets are almost always interesting (at least when you can actually see the sun). But they are even more interesting when some of the sunlight is reflecting off the water, such as the orange streak here on the otherwise blue water. If you have been to Kentucky Lake, you probably know that the water isn’t actually that blue, but rather it was reflecting the blue sky up above. And it was an even better site in person, as the water was moving, causing the sun’s elongated reflection to dance back and forth. Or maybe it was more of a shimmy than an actual dance. But since this is just a still photo, you will just have to take my word for it.

Either way, it was a nice night.

The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets. - Psalm 50:1

About the photo:
For processing this photo, I created two versions from the RAW file. For the base image, I adjusted the color temperature to give everything a slightly more blue tone than it had originally. And for the second image, I adjusted the color temperature in the other (warmer) direction to give everything an orange glow. I then masked out that layer, and then painted with some gray on the layer mask to reveal some of the orange tones as highlights in places, and especially to bring out more of the color in the sky. Just because all of that looked better than the original image looked.
A single RAW exposure, processed in Photoshop. Read more about the photo software and gear I use at the camera gear page.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10
Lens: Olympus M.Zukio 25mm f1.8

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