Another Sunset – Clichéd I Know


Clichéd I know but sunsets are rather easy to capture. For one you can sort of see what the day has been like, you can see the cloud formations starting to take shape and then all you need to do is take the photograph.

Rhyl Sunset

Golden Hour last night was from 19:40 until about 20:30, not exactly an hour, but enough time to get some photographs in. But stupidly I had broken one of my own golden rules for photographing on the coast. Check the tide times!

Rhyl Sunset

With the tide on the turn and starting to come in I was finding it harder and harder to get a focal point into the photograph. I couldn’t get close enough to those beach markers, well I could if I wanted to get my feet wet. Surprising I had the beach to myself and there was no one walking the promenade. Great, because I don’t have to worry about someone walking in front of the camera. Not so good because if I get in trouble, not that I expected to, there’s no one to help.

Rhyl Sunset

After the sun has set I usually hang around for another 30 minutes or so. The light changes completely and I have had some of my best photographs in this 30 minute period.

For this series of photographs I used a Pentax K-30 fitted with a Sigma 10-20mm Wide Angle Lens. The camera was mounted on a tripod

 

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28 thoughts on “Another Sunset – Clichéd I Know

  1. mtlawleyshire April 24, 2013 / 16:26

    nothing cliched about sunsets 🙂 & that is lovely.

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    • Mike Hardisty April 24, 2013 / 17:12

      Oh! I don’t know, everyone does sunsets, including me. Very few photographers do sunrises and yet they are supposed to be so much more fantastic, light wise. Biggest problem though is you don’t know what you are going to get until that sun starts to rise. With sunsets you can sort of guess whether to not you are going to get something useable.

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      • mtlawleyshire April 25, 2013 / 09:21

        I take heaps of ‘urban’ sunsets & with the weather we’ve been having, they’re totally unpredicatable. Sunrises where I live are a noshow. Too many buildings. Occasioanlly I get to see one in the city, and that’s worth it 🙂

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        • Mike Hardisty April 25, 2013 / 21:38

          Sunrises = early rise, trek to location in dark. I ask myself is it worth it. The answer is probably yes…but although the spirit is willing, the flesh is weak. Since I retired I don’t do too early.

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          • mtlawleyshire May 2, 2013 / 09:32

            Early’s difficult for me too – & this morning, I had to start early, but it was so early the sun hadn’t risen and by the time it did it was raining 😀 I shall try for a stormy sunset tonight…

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            • Mike Hardisty May 2, 2013 / 10:25

              Sometimes I think, I’ll get up and get out…but it’s the uncertainty of what you are goingbtomget that puts me off….

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  2. cainscaptures April 24, 2013 / 16:56

    Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing … hoping to get to the coast soon….id better check those tide times 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty April 24, 2013 / 17:14

      Nothing worse than getting there and finding the tide is in, or as can happen on stretches of the coast here, getting cut off

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  3. Know-All April 24, 2013 / 17:11

    absolutely gorgeous shots!!

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  4. Patti Kuche April 24, 2013 / 18:28

    Beautiful sweeping sunset shots Mike! I love sunrises but it is point to get up earlier enough and be ready!

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  5. paulscribbles April 24, 2013 / 18:32

    Lovely series Mike. Bring your waders next time 😉

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    • Mike Hardisty April 24, 2013 / 19:04

      I did have boots on Paul but not my waterproof ones…

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      • paulscribbles April 24, 2013 / 19:50

        Lol…been there too Mike 😉

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  6. Vicky April 24, 2013 / 18:38

    Stunning photos!!
    There is something magical to me about watching the sun go down. I took some sunset photos on the Norfolk coast (yes, sunset on the East coast) last year, I too was alone, which for me made it even more special…….it was MY sunset 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty April 24, 2013 / 19:07

      I do like sunsets. It’s great to be alone but alway as the back of mind is safety

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  7. Red Hen April 24, 2013 / 19:56

    What aspect of safety bothers you? Somethings-like special sunsets-are all the more wonderful when you can keep it all for yourself-and then share via such great pics.Fantastic work. Thank you!

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    • Mike Hardisty April 24, 2013 / 20:03

      Slipping on the rocks, being caught by the tide, it has a habit of coming in behind you on this part of the coast. A photographer was attacked and his gear stolen.

      These factors don’t put me off, they just make me aware. But there again I’m also like this if I’m walking in the hills, with my camera. Different problems, such as sudden snow falls or rapidly descending clouds….

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  8. petspeopleandlife April 25, 2013 / 17:50

    Yes, by all means contiue to be cautious. The last pic really is the best of all this series. You are right about that last 30 minutes but I don’t linger that long unless someone is with me or a few people are still watching the show of color changes.

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    • Mike Hardisty April 25, 2013 / 21:35

      Took my wife with me tonight, she walked our surviving dog along the beach and I did some photography…best of both worlds.

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      • petspeopleandlife April 26, 2013 / 05:49

        That is wonderful Mike. She should go with you often. The dog can go along also and be put safely on a lead just to make sure your dog stays safe.

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        • Mike Hardisty April 27, 2013 / 00:17

          The dog loves the beach but I can spend a couple of hours there, probably too long for him and my wife

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  9. Eclipse April 26, 2013 / 19:45

    …clichéd or not…it’s just breathtaking….Gorgeous shots!

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  10. Cardinal Guzman May 10, 2013 / 16:52

    It might be a cliché, but what a beautiful cliché it is!

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    • Mike Hardisty May 10, 2013 / 19:15

      Thank you, we do get blessed with some beautiful sunsets here.

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  11. Emily Gooch May 11, 2013 / 06:03

    You can never take too many sunset photos, especially when they are as beautiful as these. 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty May 11, 2013 / 08:30

      Thank you, I’m lucky to live by the sea and have the sun set off the coast.

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