Although I have shared various sunset photos in previous posts, I figured I would share this post with a compilation of my favorite sunset photos in conjunction with the Wild Weekly Photo Challenge topic of Sunsets.
Enough said. Let’s get to sharing the photos.
Utah has some of the most beautiful sunsets in the winter, as the sun illuminates the snow-covered mountains. I will have to capture some of those shots this winter, although I am not sure I can do justice to the true beauty of the moment.
My wife and I had plans to get our photos take along the North Shores of Oahu on Thursday morning, so when we arrived in Oahu on Wednesday afternoon, my wife decided to hit up the hotel’s salon to get her hair curled and ready for the morning’s photo shoot. I decided to head out along Waikiki, not knowing beforehand what I would shoot.
I walked down the shoreline looking for the “perfect shot”. After all, isn’t that what us amateur photographers try to capture every time we take a photo? After walking for about 15 minutes, and not really seeing anything, I headed back toward the hotel. The sun was getting lower in the sky, so I snapped a few shots of a sailboat out in the ocean with the sun in the sky, and I also shot some waves splashing up along the rock wall. Thinking that was the best I was going to get, I continued my walk to meet my wife for dinner.
Just before crossing the street to the hotel, I saw this shot. A guy was sitting between two palm trees, tired from what appeared to be a day of surfing (or paddle boarding) at Waikiki. I snapped a few shots, excited about how it looked, and then officially put my camera away and had dinner with my wife.
Canon 60D | 18-135mm lens | 1/800 | f/11 | ISO 100
I think I prefer Maui to Oahu – Oahu, especially the Waikiki area, is too crowded! North Shore was great and we got some beautiful shots.
I’ve never seen the sun dip into the ocean. Tonight, I got to witness it first-hand. While I wanted to watch it happen live, I still decided to grab my camera and take a few shots to document the beauty of it.
Canon 60D | 55-200mm lens | 1/200 | f/10 | ISO 100 | Manual Mode
I must note that the only reason I had my camera on-hand to take this photo was because while my wife and I were lounging by the beach under a palm tree, a bird did its business (pooped) on my wife’s head. We had to come back to the room so she could take care of it, which allowed me to grab my camera and take the shot from our room’s balcony. That bird better watch out, because pooping on my wife’s head is not acceptable!!
Having lost my NCAA bracket miserably, a colleague and I have challenged two others to a game of basketball, hoping to reclaim some basketball prowess by beating them miserably. However, I haven’t actually played basketball in a long time, so I thought I would practice in my driveway tonight while my kids rode their scooters.
However, when I saw the moon growing brighter in the sky as the sun set below the horizon, I couldn’t help but grab my Canon 60D and snap a few shots through a leafing tree on the side of my house. I tried a couple of different angles, but I found this angle to be the best.
Canon 60D | 55-200mm lens | 1/160 | f/18 | Exposure Compensation -1 1/3 | ISO 400
I needed to find a way to light up the tree leaves, so I mounted my Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash and shot a few more shots. I think my battery was low, because it took forever for my flash to recharge itself. I also had to adjust the exposure compensation a little lower so the colors looked more vibrant and less washed out.
So after lining up the moon a few more times in the center of this clearing in the tree, I was satisfied and headed inside to take a look at the spoils. That photo above is the result. What do you think?
I took another great photo of a blossoming tree at work earlier today, too. But you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to check out that one.