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Dream Sky

I wasn't really chasing a sunset this evening, but as I casually took photos of a great blue heron and the seascape around Lookout Point, I could tell a good one was brewing. I needed to get home and whip up something for dinner (especially since my wife, Kim was on her way home), but the sky was starting to take over.

 

I started shooting away as the light got more and more incredible, blues and yellows turned to purples and golds, and each passing moment was a revelation. I started paying attention to the cloud shapes and formations, and trying to line them up in my composition. I had photographed here before, so I knew the small minimalist island made a great foil and silhouette against the sky. As the time went by, my exposure meter let me know that I was no longer underexposing to bring out more color in the sky... the sky was doing all the work! I wrapped things us just as a few locals made it down to witness the spectacle themselves, and jetted home for some veggie burgers and baked potatoes!

 

So many lessons learned. One - Simplify your compositions by eliminating any distractions. Two - Stay close to home. You don't have to travel far to see amazing things. And three - live in the moment!

 

9/19/2012 Lookout Point, Harpswell, Maine

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Taken on September 19, 2012