Mike, the skies are blown out in both images -- need to bracket exposures or use ND grad filter for this kind of shot. The first is more uniformly overxposed than the second one, but the reflections are overexposed in the second. ND grad wouldn't help much with the reflections -- better off bracketing exposures for that one.
There wasn't any detail to preserve in the sky as it was heavy overcast with white clouds everywhere. In the background of the first photo you can see some mist from the clouds. With the overcast and shooting in the direction of the setting sun made the clouds even brighter. I don't think an ND filter or bracketing would have brought out any detail in the sky.
Come to think of it, I haven't even tried bracketing yet.
Yes, I think I've seen skies like that:biggrin:. In such cases, I'm tempted to substitute skies that have at least a little character.:wink:
i think you are right and mine might be OVER-correctNo, I don't mind.
It now looks tilted to the left slightly to me.
Looking between the two trees on the left is a little white line which I think is the sidewalk around the area. You can follow the sidewalk to the right almost to the tree in the foreground. I used that as a reference to level by.
I'll leave it for now and see what others think as well.
Thanks for your suggestions.
Mike, we should get together and shoot sometime. I really like shooting downtown at night. PM me if you're interested.
I feel your pain regarding the sky. Seems like right now all we get is that hazy non-descript light that isn't good for anything except harsh shadow and blown highlights!