Looking West.


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.


17 Replies to “About a Sunset”

  1. Ray, That is a spectacular sunset, well worth shooting. I am like you, mostly I taken with my little brain camera, as I posted recently. My photo was done in the glorious days of Westlight. If you put either of your images or mine, it would get lost in todays overload collections.

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    1. Yep. That’s why I post them here. When you Google for something, my pictures stand a better chance of coming up on the first page. Doesn’t mean anybody wants them, but at least they’ll see them… and steal them. Heh!


    2. I agree with Doug! Thank you, Ray, for sharing your beautiful sunset photo.

      As a composer and web designer, I have sought to depict sunset in sound. Here is my attempt in the form of a musical composition entitled “The Sunset Lingers On”, available at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/soundeagle-in-soundcloud-art-music-and-compositions-about-new-sensations-love-life-country-nature-dreaming-meditation-and-spirituality/

      Please enjoy!

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      1. I’m going to post my poem on my blog, not your photo. Your photography is beautiful and yours was the first blog I was drawn to when I started WordPress. I write with images in my head. As I commented, your photo very closely resembles the image I had while writing my poem. When I rewrite my poem to my blog your picture would be the perfect backdrop – in my head- as I write it out again. As you posted in Underwater, I AM a new blogger, but I’m a bit computer-illiterate and couldn’t infringe someone’s copyright even if I wanted to. I have no idea what I’m doing yet. I really connected with that particular photograph and I thought I was paying you a compliment. I am so sorry if I offended you.

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