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Three Simple Tips for Sunsets

Most people just starting out shooting outdoors shoot everything during the daylight hours since it's easier. At some point though, they decide to try their hand at shooting sunsets. In the spirit of helping these folks get started, I present three simple tips for sunsets:

Wait around until it is completely dark. It's amazing how much color there that the camera can record with a long enough exposure that your eye can no longer see.

Don't forget to look behind you and not spend the entire time looking at the sunset itself. The setting sun reflecting off of mountains and other objects in the east can make great subjects. As the sun just dips below the horizon, the opposite sky can also turn a wonderful mix of pink and blue. For the curious, this blue is actually the shadow of the earth itself projected against the sky.

And lastly, remember to carry a flashlight with you. You'll need it to find your car once it is dark. You didn't leave before it got dark now did you?

And for some help getting those larger than life sunsets, try this tip.

Date posted: November 9, 2003


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