One of the best parts about taking photos at dusk is the chance to get some really interesting color combinations. I enjoy the challenge shooting and editing when you have to balance the brightness in the sky and the city lights below.
Sometimes, you take a photo and know exactly what filter you want to use to process it. Other times, you try a lot of different edits to see what sticks.
This photo has been one of my favorites of late due to the timing between the color in the sunset and light emerging from Chicago looking northwest. I wanted to share this post as an example of how changes in color temperature can have a big impact on the mood of a photo.
Camera: Nikon D7100
Lense: Nikon 17-55 F28 at F3.5 and 17mm
This is a fairly straightforward wide-angle shot from my Nikon 17-55 2.8. I was hand-holding my D7100, thus the higher than normal ISO. Most importantly, I shot in RAW which I always do. This allows for much more editing range in post production.
Skyline edit 1
This might be my favorite edit of the batch with the color temperature at 4950 and tint at +12. I liked the balance of the yellow-orange sunset with the city lights.
Skyline edit 2
This edit here was my first edit of the three and represents the most-realistic representation of how the scene looked straight out of the camera. I've fallen in love with orange skies mixed with gray clouds lately and this edit uses that filter. The color temperature is 10,250 and tint at +2.
Skyline edit 3
This last edit was the third of the group. I wanted to try a bluer, pinker edit of the sunset. Color temperature is 7500 and tint at 0.
I hope that this post share some info about how you can take a photo and build a few unique edits with color temperature being a major editing focus. Feel free to ask comments or check out more work on 500px or Instagram.