By Kerry Drager
When it comes to sunset photography, it really pays to not only be there - i.e., in a good location with camera in hand - but also to remain flexible in order to take full advantage of the outstanding light.
Late one day just down the street from California's Capitol, I had planned a wide-angle shot of the colorful sky and colorful Sacramento River reflections. But I saw how the low-in-the-sky sun was making the Tower Bridge light up in the warm glow. I then used my telephoto zoom to zero in tight on the graphic-design pattern of strong vertical and diagonal lines. And, as is often the case in late (or early) day, the shadows were all in the right place ... and the bright sunlit colors popped out in contrast.
Have fun getting out and shooting sunsets, but make sure you're ready for an unplanned visual adventure!