This sunset was taken at Railay Beach (Thai: อ่าวไร่เลย์). It is a small peninsula located between the city of Krabi and Ao Nang. Accessible only by boat due to the high limestone cliffs cutting off mainland access. These cliffs attract rock climbers from all over the world, but the area is also popular due to its beautiful beaches and quiet relaxing atmosphere. Climbing courses have been available in the area for over ten years and the instructors available are some of the best in the country. The cliff tops offer tremendous views of Railay Bay and surrounding areas. They are also an ideal location to watch the beautiful sunsets the beach offers.
This particular shot was taken on Railay West beach. See this map link to see where it is.
Accommodation ranges from inexpensive bungalows popular with backpackers and climbers, to a five star resort. The three main areas of Railay consist of West Railay, East Railay and Tonsai, with Tonsai catering more to climbers. I'm not associated with that website i made a link to btw.. just a site i found through search engine.
Here's how you get there.. First you have to go to Krabi, then..
It takes 30 minutes from Chao Fa pier in Krabi Town to get to Railay Beach by long tail boat. Long tails are also available from Ao Nam. Boats cost no more than 50 or 60 Baht per person per trip.
Thanks for your kind comments and faves everyone.. highly appreciated!.
Here's how the shot was made.
First if all, the shot wasn't really planed. We got off the boat and the sun was setting, and I saw a nice reflection. I measured the light, it was ok for iso100 at 1/40s, so I asked my friend to go to that position and do her free form movement slowly. When I see something I like i'd yell her to hold or slow down so i can frame it properly.
On the camera, set everything to manual because the cam often go crazy with auto focus with kind of light and moving subject.
Set shutter to 1/40s, so it can be hand-held. with that restriction -- have to open apt. to the max (2.3f) minimize zoom at 14mm (so the DOF blur doesn't have much effect on the photo). Ideally, if the subject is static, i would go for longer exposure and higher aperture.
Camera setting was hard saturation, hard contrast, normal saturation.
In post processing, there wasn't much to do since all the nice stuff is done by nature, i simply adjust the curve to boost//balance the contrast to what feels right. Adjust the sharpness on the reflection. There were no crop, i just resize it down for public stuff. (i heard of many cases of stealing recently)
hope that's somewhat useful.. cheers!