Manahawkin, NJ based landscape photographer Greg Molyneux shares a wide angle landscape photograph of the beloved Cedar Run Dock Road salt marsh at sunset. It’s a photo he’s made dozens of times before, but here he reflects on what a return to the marsh out of exile from COVID-19 isolation means to his psyche.
Welcome to my sunset photography archive
Here's my complete archive of sunset photography. Most photographs are here made in southern Ocean County, New Jersey. Let us share the beauty of New Jersey's coastline, salt marsh, and Pinelands forest. Some of my favorite sunsets include Ruinous Splendor, We Face the Path of Time, and Still the Sirens Call. Now get out there and chase some light!
Evenfall of Christmas Eve 2019 came with a flourish over southern Ocean County, New Jersey. Deep blues shot through with red, yellow, and orange, glowed elegant over the Cedar Run Dock Road salt marsh. A welcome sight to many in anticipation of the joy and love that overfills holiday hearts. I wish continued blessings to those whose cups are full, yet I will not miss the chance to recognize, love, and honor those whom struggle with loss and loneliness during this time. I see you.
The shortest day of the year is here. December 21, 2019, marks the winter solstice. Eager to chase light and document this celestial event, it is not lost on me how nature and the broader world mirror my own darkness. Yet as it it will forever be, light will rise in the east come to chase away darkness.
One common mistake I observe when making sunset photographers is other people leaving the scene too early. More often than not the best color, intense drama and sunset magic happens after the sun goes down. So when you are out there shooting sunset make sure you wait for it!
Winter is disruptive to time, or at least our perception to it. Short days and long nights wreak havoc on our internal clocks sending us reeling to adjust. At times late afternoon feels like the middle of the night and the middle of the night feels like prime time. Despite the disruption, long nights give us much to enjoy—superlative sunsets not least among them.
Find yourself an oxbow lake feature set inside a salt marsh. Set your sights and your gear upon its bank. Pair this with a pastel powered sunset and watch the magic glow, casting light upon the light and reflecting all in its water.
When the sky fire comes where will you be? Home, work, or set affront the TV? Always look to the sky at sunset should nature bestow its gift of fire, alighting the sunset sky in smoldering tones. Here the photographer earns her keep, and the nature lover observes perfection. We should all be so lucky.
Sometimes it is best to step back from tack sharp landscape photography. Have some fun and dabble with the form and movement that renders color and form as if at the painted ends of a brush stroke. A little intentional motion blur from time-to-time will set your creative mind free.
Photographs capture scenes to convey narrative in a visual medium. The story can be simple and straightforward, or it can mask in layers to tell multifaceted stories. It allows the viewer to imprint their own stories shaded by beliefs and experiences to connect in a personal way. This is the beauty of photographic storytelling.
Pastels revisited. Here’s another look at the cotton candy sky show photographed on September 27, 2019. In this image we look east at sunset and see the kind of color over the marsh we would expect to see at sunrise from this vantage. Sunsets, long may you reign.