Looking West.

Sunsets.

Everybody loves them. Me too.

But, I don’t often photograph them unless there is some special quality to the light. There are a couple of reasons for this. For most sunsets, I’d rather just enjoy them. And, look at them, often thanking my lucky stars that I’m on the planet at the same time the sunset came into view.

The second is more earthbound. Everybody shoots sunsets. Google sunsets. You’ll see. I’d like to try to do something a little different. Usually that happens in nature. I have very little to do with it. But, I can pick and choose.

Finally, if the sunset looks pretty good, I turn around. That great dusky, warm, yellow and red light is illuminating something. Maybe that’s the best picture. Of course, you have to be in a place that interests you.

Sometimes I’m not. Mostly, I’m not.

Then, I look for a graphic shape to be a counterpoint to the light. That’s what I did this time. Since the picture isn’t about the tree, I let it fall into silhouette rather than trying to open it up and allow the details to emerge. It became an arrow pointing to the real subject.

The sky.

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