By Kerry Drager
Is there a more satisfying outdoor pursuit than sunset photography? Maybe so, but I can't think of one! :)
Still, a fine sunset sky usually works best with a good ground-based subject too. But this approach takes planning, since outstanding light can be ohhhhh sooooo fleeting - not the time to be frantically searching for the best shooting situation.
For instance, when I'm on a trip, I'll scout out sunset locations long before the colors get wild. I'm looking for a clear view of the sky, of course, but I also want a subject that will match up well with a sunset or sunrise sky. This can come in the form of colorful water reflections, sparkling ocean surf, or a strong silhouette subject (simple shapes such as trees, statues, towers, city skylines, rock formations, etc.).
Close to home, I have "go-to" spots that I can quickly get there, set up, and catch the colors. And even though I've photographed my own country pond many times, I never get a feeling of having "been there, done that". While not every sunset is a memorable one, each great sunset is unique - and exciting ... a visual adventure that's not to be missed!
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Pond Reflection ... (c) Kerry Drager
Sunset at my CA ranchette; 12-24mm zoom @ 12mm; f/16 @ 1/4 sec.; ISO 100; tripod w/cable release; Nikon D2X. Also, no filter necessary, no filter used!