It doesn’t always have to be a show

Blue hour in HDR. Taken over Dock Road's southern marsh just after sunset, this photograph features soft tones, cool blues, and understated clouds
It doesn’t always have to be a show — 14mm | f/8 | ISO 100 | 7 Bracketed Exposures

Tonight, like other nights before it, was all about the ultimate sunset. No matter how many times I get out and shoot a sunset I’m always hoping my next one will be the one; explosive colors, textbook composition, interesting foreground, leading lines, unicorns. Come 120 minutes before sundown and there’s some interesting cloud play marking the sky, and this is exactly where my mind is going. Sunset mecca. It’s this drive that has kept me from falling bored with sunset photography. At least up until now.

Tonight though, it became readily clear that it wasn’t going to be one of those nights. One where I’m tweeting like a maniac and standing roadside doing a shimmy. No, tonight was not one of those nights. But you know what? It’s all good. I rather enjoyed the simplicity and softness of an understated blue hour. Tranquil and serene it put me in the right place.

Tomorrow the quest for the Ultimate Sunset™ continues.





One response to “It doesn’t always have to be a show”

  1. […] mirror to the world. Last night all of this came together, and before I locked into my tripod for last night’s sunset shot, I took a quick handheld photograph of the north marsh. Now that I can compare the two shots […]

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