Saturday, January 30, 2010
This may surprise some of you, but I'm not a huge fan of sunset pictures. Don't get me wrong, sunset is a great time to take pictures ... just not always of the sky. The thing is, it's not too hard to get the feeling that when you've seen one sunset picture, you've kind of seen them all. Even when I lived in paradise, getting a unique sunset picture was not always an easy task.
Alright then, so why did I post a picture of a sunset today?
Well, for my project365, I have a couple spots/objects/locations around the base that I pretty much know I'm going to get a shot of before I leave. This big gun was on my target list. The thing is, taking a picture of it during the day would have been sort of boring. It's just a big gun. But, catching it right at dusk, with some nice pink clouds in the background makes for a nice contrast. However, please imagine that that pink sky background just by itself, with nothing in the front of it ... yawn city huh?
So I've got two potentially boring subjects on their own, that when combine make for a somewhat interesting picture.
And that's one of the keys to making a sunset picture interesting ... make sure you have something good in the foreground. (I believe we discussed this same topic previously in How to take Fireworks Pictures). Beyond that, the other key to sunsets is under expose, over saturate (just a little), and be aware that days with lots of nice wispy high clouds will usually proceed picture worthy sunsets.
Ok, that's about what I've got for today. If you've taken any sunset pictures in the past (this should be everybody), what did you find that made it "special" for you?
p.s. If you've got a flickr link or something to your own favorite sunset pictures, feel free to share in the comments.