Every photographer that shoots during the sunrise and sunset periods hopes for a beautiful, colourful, sky.
During my travels I’ve been lucky once in getting an amazing colourful sunset. That was in Dubai.
This is a little bit of luck, if there is such a thing.
The Marina Barrage foot bridge leads to the east side of the Marina Bay area and on to the aptly named Skyline Promenade. I was here 30 minutes before the twilight periods started and knew full well that I only had a short period to shoot the transition to night.
I wanted a vertical panorama of this scene which presents a challenge in of itself, complicated further due to the short duration of the Singaporean twilights. The light, thereby exposure, would change from when I started taking 30 second vertical shots and five of them would mean a two and half minute difference between the image on the left and the image on the right.
Knowing that, I increased the ISO up two stops to give me 8 to 15 second shots.
At astronomical twilight, the light transition isn’t as much during the civil twilight. I can therefore set the ISO back to 100 and take longer exposures which smoothen out the small peaks of the Singapore River.
Thanks Singapore for the little colour in the sky, I prefer this shot instead.
Shooting a panorama at sunrise or sunset requires you to know your camera and have everything set to full manual. This is so that when you come to stitch the images together, the camera has not changed the exposure of each image that was taken, which can cause exposure banding at the panorama seams.
I have a panorama tutorial, which covers how to shoot a panorama.
On the walk back to the Marrine Barrage foot bridge, I stopped to get this view of the Gardens by the Bay domes.