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
These longer days give me lots of time to shoot in the evenings. Friday I was out on a country road and looked to the west to see the sky looking like it was on fire. I focused on the field grass just in front of the fence to capture this image.
It was about 8:00 so I knew I had a short window to drive to a spot with a good vantage point – a downside of living in the Ozarks is that the hills and hollows can block sunrises and sets from view. I went to an overlook built by the local Rotary – I looks out across all of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I got there as the sky really started to explode with color.
Long Zoom – The 1886 Crescent Hotel at sunset.
Kit Zoom – with ambient light from the street lamp.
My portrait prime – last useable shot of the night.
As I headed out the color lingered, too dark to capture – but lighting my way home. I live in paradise.