Sunset at Ladies’ View

Sunset at Ladies’ View
Image by djwtwo
As we were wrapping our drive along the Ring of Kerry, we paused by Ladies’ View, a scenic point along the road through Molls Gap apparently named because Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting liked the view. I thought it looked like a good spot for some sunset pictures, and after settling the kids down for the night (local sunset was after 10pm) I headed back up solo to shoot. There had been a fair amount of glare, and I misjudged the direction the sun would be setting by a bit, so the sun was already mostly down behind a mountain off to the left of this scene by the time I got back. It was a nice view regardless, so I broke out the tripod and got set up.

I knew before we left for vacation that if I took any sunset shots, I’d almost certainly have to do HDR or other exposure blending to get any shadow detail, since I wasn’t going to able to add any grad ND filters to my kit that were worth using before we flew out. I’m mostly happy with the results here, although I think I got the hyperfocal length a bit wrong, as I think this one could be a bit sharper in the middle distance. I’m still looking for some decent grad NDs; I’m thinking I’m going to need to go the Cokin route, probably Z-PRO size to avoid vignetting at 11mm, but I need to refresh my geek budget first.

If I hadn’t promised to be back by 11pm, I probably would have stuck around to get some shots of the night sky here, but it wasn’t to be on this trip.

Nikon D7000 w/Tokina 11-16 ƒ/2.8 @ 11.5mm, 1/6s, 1/3s, 0.7s, 1.5s, 3.0s, and 6.0s @ ƒ/16, ISO100. Merged to HDR in Nik HDR Efex, with additional color finishing in Aperture (mostly to make the greens in the grass not look like neon, which seems to be Nik’s biggest shortcoming even with its saturation turned down.)