Sunrise / Sunset Gallery
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A good rule of thumb for exposing for a sunrise or sunset is to spot meter a mid tone area of the sky on the same horizontal plane as the sun, balance the meter, recompose and take your photograph.
An elementary school now stands where the old tobacco barn and lone pine tree stood.
This sunset was taken at a National Wildlife Refuge.
Notice the balance between the sun on the right and the waterfowl on the left.
While the sky is not ablaze with reds and oranges, the deep blues add to the grace of the image. The trees on the left help focus the viewers attention on the sunset because the trees slant in that direction.
This small Christian church is about 45 minutes from where I live. I have several photographs of it. This one is of a sunset on a partly cloudy day. When the earth was at the proper angle to light up the sky with sunset colors, the church was in full shadow. Therefore, I chose to forfeit a sunset lit sky in order to have the sunset lit steeple.
I composed this image so the sun was directly in line with the tree at the end of the point of land.
I took this photograph while my family and I were waiting to be seated for dinner at a seafood restaurant at the coast.
While composing this image, I ensured there was space
between the top of the seabird's head and the horizon.
The bird is sitting on one of the pilings in the left side of the photograph.
I have several photographs of this same boat at sunset. This is one of my favorites combining a sunset with a moon rise. (The moon was not digitally added.)
The hardest part of taking this image was fighting off
the biting insects.
Note that the setting sun is not in the exact center, but is slightly off center both horizontally and vertically.
The desert plant on the right is a Saguaro cactus. The plant on the left is a Ocotilla. I composed the image so the two plants would not overlap each other.