I love a colorful sunset. I live about 15 miles west of my place of employment. It’s a winding country drive. On a few special evenings a year I spot some color and chase it down as I drive westward towards home.
Standard Time sure limits my opportunities though. Late last week – on October 31st – I got the chance to capture the last sunset of October. It will likely be the last one I catch on my drive home until spring.
I shot these with my fast 50 portrait lens. I end to close down the aperture a bit shooting sunsets – I am not looking for blur or bokeh. I want color. These were all shot between f4-f6.3. Shutter speeds are slowed down a bit for detail around 1/60 sec – ISO at 200 except for the shot of the Crescent – it was at 800 because I was losing light fast.
Leaving the parking lot at work and looking west I could see promising color in the sky. My first chance to pull over was three miles down the road at the Grandview turnoff – it’s a spot where you are elevated just enough to see the horizon.
Moving west another few miles – the color became so amazing that I had to stop and shoot, even if the setting was not optimal.
By the time I got to my favorite spot I had just minutes of light left – the clouds had moved in and the color was gone – still the last light on the tree tops was pretty spectacular
Beautiful. It’s a shame the amazing colours of the sunset had gone by the time you got to the setting of the last picture. I miss skies like that!
Yes, I was driving to that vantage point as fast as I could without getting a ticket 🙂 Still the light bouncing off the clouds lit up the treetops nicely.
Wow! Wonderful colors. I love the way the setting sun hits the top of the trees, and haven’t been able to capture that well here. You captured it brilliantly. 🙂
Thanks. I think in the last shot the clouds helped with that. They covered the horizon, but light was spilling out above them – I think that’s what lit the treetops. The color up high was great, but with no horizon it wasn’t an interesting shot.
Wishing we were there now! Great shots….love the colors!
Thanks Paula, the colors are starting to fade, but it’s been an amazing season
They are telling us it is the last weekend for any color….the winds & rain have stripped the majority of our leaves this week. 😦 But what a beautiful weekend! Keep snapping, Lorri!
There are still plenty of lovely spots down in the hollows that have escaped the winds – we have a few more days 🙂
And I know you will enjoy every one of them. It’s on it’s way they say ! Brrrr Hard to believe when it’s 72 degrees as I write. 🙂
Such magnificent sky color in the two and then super shot of the fall foliage. Almost makes me want to leave New England and move south!
Thanks! I have always wanted to see the fall in New England.
I really love sunsets…:)
Beautiful! It’s why artists throughout the ages try to capture it on canvas time and time again.
Thanks, I think you are right about that, that late light make an ordinary day link magical.
That colour has amazing stopping power!
Indeed. I pulled into a feed lot to capture the pinks – I couldn’t let them get away.
A-a-ah….. a sunset. I had been waiting for a photo of this from you. I knew it would be brilliant and you have not let me down.
Thanks! Sunsets are one of my favorite things to shoot.
Sunset is my very favorite time of day. I often struggle for a clear view of the horizon and only capture the sense of it as the light shifts. Your photos are fantastic.
Thanks. My home is deep in the woods so I have no view of the horizon. Sometimes I can see reflected color in the clouds – otherwise I have to find a spot.
I saw a very interesting sunset a few nights ago, and I didn’t have my camera…but I had the camera inside my phone.
The photos are still stuck inside my phone….
Thanks. I’ve gotten a few sunsets on my phone. Can you email them to yourself?
Look forward to whatever you post until the next sunset.
Thanks! I’m hopeful that I can find something interesting to shoot 🙂
Funny, I just read this quote today. It seems to fit your photos:
“How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset! (George MacDonald)
Ooooo – that’s good. I like that!
Gorgeous colours in the trees as well as the sky.
With scenes like that, how can one possibly drive home without stopping for a few photos.
True, the color goes so quickly you just have to find a view and go for it 🙂
Gorgeous colours. We used to live in a east/west facing flat in SE England and had the most amazing orange / red sunsets at this time of year. I really miss those as I have no west view at all now.
Thank you! My home is pretty deep in the woods so I see no sunsets – I have to be out driving to see any distance at all. It’s great for privacy, but not for sunsets 🙂
Pink sky at night, a sailor’s delight. Although, lately here a pink sky seems to promise snow the next day.
I love a pink sky – even if it means snow 🙂
I could look at these all day, so pretty and peaceful. Cold, dark days and this dumb time change, AND the fact that Kentucky freezes are unkind, have halted my amateur picture taking for awhile.
Thanks. I hate the time change, soon we will be going to work in the dark and driving home in the dark – I miss the sunsets already.
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