Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset

If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know I’m not a great fan of sunset photos as they never seem to live up to what I see with the naked eye, and I would not want one on my wall.

However, that didn’t stop me getting out my point and squirt yesterday at the marina yesterday evening as the sun was setting, when I did not know that the challenge this week was sunset photos.

Boats and Reeds at Sunset

Across the Fens at Sunset

Old Lifebelts

15 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset

  1. For me, it’s the middle one. Intricately pretty patterns on soft colours. Lovely.

    I agree Isobel that sunset photographs don’t live up to the magnificence, but they help me remember. I can’t resist having a go with the camera just to see what comes out. 🙂

  2. hi Isobel,
    while it is true that you cannot always – and probably never – capture exactly what you see when it comes to sunsets, i find it challenging – and sometimes rewarding to try. and there are times it is possible to capture at least the essence of it….
    and for what it’s worth, i love the silhouettes of your second image, and could imagine hanging that one on my wall 🙂

  3. I like all these Isobel, but the first is perhaps my favourite. The boat to the right of the photograph, is showing the suns colour, and what it might have been like five minutes later. Sunsets are notoriously difficult to capture, but only if the camera setting is wrong. To catch a sunset, you need to be patient, and quick. Get the camera set up, and then just sit there, click, and wait, count to 20, click again, and wait, count to 20, and do the same, keeping clicking until the sun has left the sky, it takes only a few minutes.

    Sunsets are a bit like landscapes, the camera cannot see what the eye can see, but it does do its best, giving the viewer of the image, a good idea of the beauty. Like I say, I like these very much.

  4. Thanks for the nice comments. I took the pix as the sun was setting, as I liked the quality of the light, but I didn’t know at that point what this week’s challenge was. It seemed serendipitous when I saw it. I’ve had a quick look at some of the photos posted for the challenge, and I may have to eat my sunset words as I loved Pix and Kardz one and Mayfielder’s. Those pictures made me start to reconsider what sunset photos can be, which is surely part of the purpose of good photography. they also made me start to analyse what I don’t like, but I may come back to that later, perhaps after i’ve had time to look at more of the posts.

    • Thanks Martin. I love the way the light behaves at this time of year, especially just as the sun sets; how the shadows are elongated and exaggerated and the light is so low in the sky. Especially in East Anglia, where the sky starts at waist height.

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