Summer sunset

Sunset

A British summer sunset at 9.30pm in Brighton. Glorious. I don’t usually have my camera to hand for sunset shots and it was a mighty leap when I saw this scene out of the window.

I have a Snap Chat post about taking sunset images, titled “Why are sunsets notoriously difficult?“, that you might want to check out. It’s reminded me that I haven’t done a Snap Chat post in ages.

~ Spotted Cow

 

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Snap chat. Silhouette patterns

Lanterns in silhouette

Patterns appeal to photography because the eye marvels at the repetitiveness or the symmetry in an image. However, you don’t need patterns to repeat like wrapping paper for it to be pleasing. Sometimes, arrangements can be interesting in their irregularity, and one way to emphasise their similar differences is by taking the picture in silhouette. The images probably explain better than the words. Let me know what you think.

~ Spotted Cow

Lamp posts in silhouette Sculpture on side of building

Snap chat. Why are sunsets notoriously difficult?

Sunset, India.

I find sunset photos very difficult to photograph. As the sun falls toward the horizon and the light fades, all the foreground details disappear. You have this beautiful flare of light across the sky, which takes your breath away. But if you just take a snap of that broad wash of colour, it is almost certain that it doesn’t translate when you look at your pictures later.

You still need a point of interest. A silhouette is usually the easiest. Use the rule of thirds and put the horizon in the top third or the bottom third.

Ironically, if you want the sky to be the point of interest in the picture, you’d prefer a cloudy day so that the clouds produce interesting striations or dispersions of colour.

I’d welcome other handy hints. In spite of the pearls of wisdom I’ve spelt out above, I have less than a handful of decent sunset images … and that’s a whole lot less than the number of times I’ve been sipping a margarita and watching the sun go down.

~ Spotted Cow

Sunset, HawaiiSunset, Brighton

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

Silhouette against sunset

We drove up MaunaKea on Hawaii’s Big Island to catch sunset at the visitor centre. Hawaii has some surprises up its sleeve. Did you know that it snows up here in the winter? We had to take our sweaters, scarves and hats with us. In the event, the sunset was not a spectacular one, although the sky did turn some beautiful colours. It was dream-like nonetheless.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

~ Spotted Cow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Trees in the mist

We spent a lot of the time in the middle of the clouds when we were high up in the Kaçkar  mountains. Many days were misty, and we could barely see the silhouettes of the trees lining the road. At first I didn’t like photographing in the mist because it obscured everything. But after a fashion – and watching what the others were doing – I came to appreciate its ethereal beauty.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

~ Spotted Cow