What a Sunset!

Keeping with the series from Goldwater Lake...


As Matt and I watched those beautiful clouds pass over in my previous shot, I was hoping they would stay in the area long enough for a decent sunset. I couldn't tell you how long it's been since I've witnessed a colorful one.


And here it is!


It didn't sick around long either. Maybe a total of 7 or 8 minutes or so. This shot came from the very beginning of the show. I chose a more equally divided frame here to really capture the colors in the sky as well as the reflections off the lake.


In the distance to the left, you can see a mighty thunderstorm brewing. After leaving the lake, I witnessed the best lightning storm I've seen in awhile. I was wanting to pull over and grab a few shots but it was getting late and the wife had supper cooked. Had to eat!


I have to say, I learned an important lesson at this shoot. Once I captured the above shot. I had a crazy idea to run down the trail back to the location I shot the day before with the great rock foreground. I knew the light wasn't going to last long, but in the back of my mind, I felt like I could make the short trip down the trail. Wrong! No quicker than I got setup and shot two frames, the dramatic light was gone and I was left with 2 images I really didn't like. Although quite colorful, they lacked something that I couldn't quite put my finger on.


So, needless to say, they got deleted. And I don't see myself trying to do something like that again. Next time, I'll be staying in the area and focusing on different compositions rather than running down the trail to a totally different location.


I hope your enjoying the series. I have one more I'm going to post that was taken after sunset, and I'll be done. Hope everyone is having a great Labor Day!


Thanks for reading this far. If you're still interested, see how it looks on B l a c k M a g i c.


*If you have any questions regarding location, technique, or equipment, feel free to ask.


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Taken on August 12, 2009