Unlike many photographers, I don’t think subjects like the sunset or a rainbow are necessarily cliche’. But they can easily dominate a composition, and it’s that which can get tiresome. The Milky Way has become exactly the same way in recent years. But with that said, I do get tired of shooting toward the setting sun.
On a recent afternoon at the beach, after photographing a sail boat in front of the lowering sun (already posted for Wordless Wednesday), I set up to capture the color, which as usual was concentrated toward the west. But when I put the wide-angle lens on and found some interesting foreground rocks, instead of shooting a standard composition, I started messing around.
The first shot is actually an accident. I was experimenting with camera movement but ended up not liking any of the results. Then a big wave came in and I had to quickly grab the tripod and raise it above my head to save my camera from a dousing. I left the rocks then, not wanting to push my luck (plus I was soaked). Later when checking out the images I liked this last one the best.
The second picture was well after sunset, when palm trees framed the crescent moon. The sun was long gone but was still coloring the horizon and high clouds. It’s a twilight image, but not too long of an exposure, because of the need to keep the moon sharp.
The first image is the kind of thing that happens accidentally but only to those who are giving luck and chance an opportunity. The second picture is the kind I really like, not only because it happens after other photographers have gone, but because it’s only possible with patience and faith that the show isn’t really over.