It was a gloomy afternoon with the dark and low clouds blocking the sunlight, making everything monochromatic and boring.
I did not expect anything. I went to the park with the intention to get some fresh air and to listen to my favorite podcasts. I did not bring with me any photo equipment except my camera. For this type of occasions, I have a jacket with oversize pockets where I can fit my Sony a6000 without bringing a camera bag with me.
The sunset was dull, but when the sun submerged behind the horizon, everything changed suddenly. Not only the area around horizon got illuminated by warm light but the entire the sky was on fire.
I knew it was my chance and this sudden change would last only for a couple of minutes.
It was getting darker, and I did not have a tripod. I had to boost the ISO to value of 800, and it allowed me to use the shutter speed of 1/50s. I was shooting in a single shot mode because bracketing would complicate hand-held shooting.
Shooting at ISO 800 introduced some unwanted digital noise and I had to use aggressive noise reduction setting when using Topaz DeNoise. It introduced the general softness to the entire image. This is the reason I prefer to have a tripod with me to be able always to shoot at ISO 100.
It was a straight forward a single RAW processing workflow. The only challenge I faced was extra time I had to spend in Topaz DeNoise to find optimal noise reduction settings.
Lightroom Editing Formula: Natural (1, 9, 12, 23, 31)