Tag: sunset photos

Travel Photo Thursday: Winter Sunsets

Travel Photo Thursday: Winter Sunsets

Ask most people when sunsets are most dramatic and they would probably say “Summer.”

But what often makes a sunset worth photographing is not the sun itself, but the nature and extent of clouds in the sky as the sun goes down.

And that’s why in Northern California where I live and where summer skies are often cloud-free, winter is often the best time of the year to capture intense images of the sun sinking in the west.

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Travel Photo Thursday: “On Golden Pond” Sunset Shots

Travel Photo Thursday: “On Golden Pond” Sunset Shots

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A late afternoon arrival at Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park left me just enough time to haul my gear from my car into the “camping cabin” I would spend the night in, and then take a brief stroll down to the lake, before sitting down to near at the picnic table outside of my cabin.

I was so focused on my meal—and on trying out the “Gourmet” food scene shooting mode on my new Sony RX-100 point-and-shoot camera—that I almost missed the sinking sun turn the lake into an “On Golden Pond” photo op.

I quickly dumped the chicken bones, paper plate and plastic fork into the trash, and ran down to the lake to shoot trees and ducks in silhouette as the sun turned from orange to red as it set beyond the western shore of the lake.

Here’s how the sunset aura over Manzanita Lake changed as dusk fell.

The skies continued to become a deeper red as the sun dipped behind the trees.

Shadows lengthened as nightfall came closer.

When the sun had gone to bed, only a faint reminder of it remained on the lake surface.


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