Originally Posted by Craftsman
How about listing the camera, lens and settings (Fstop, shutter speed)... My guess is 28 or 35mm lens?
but what I'm using isn't very common. (it's like cheating)
I'm using a 17mm on a full size sensor. 17-40mm Canon on an EOS-5D. I used to use a 45mm on a 4x5, which is the equivalent of about 14mm (it's not linear, but you get the idea).
I "practiced" with the 17-40 on my EOS-20D before I made the decision to go to the 5D. On the 20D, 17mm is more like 28mm, due to the sensor size. It just wasn't cutting it.
I can't give you the f-stop and speed--I took those as snapshots, so it's not recorded. I recall most of the evening sunsets were around 120th at f7-9 at ISO 100.
But it's not all in the camera. I take the files into Photoshop and adjust the levels, which has a contrast enhancing effect. I can also darken some areas, like clouds if they're too bright, and lighten others. I usually don't enhance the color--tint and saturation look good 90% of the time.
The photo in post #32 appears the way it does because it was nearly dark, exposure on the order of 1/2 sec, and when the brightness was brought up a little, the colors were naturally saturated and contrast between what light was left in the sky and the nearby earth was large.
BTW, the photo in post #61 actually looked like that to the eye. It was one of those ominous storms with lots of dark off to the right side of the photo. The sun was directly in the center, shinning through a thin veil, so it was very bright, but quickly fell off at the sides.