I can't resist a great sunrise or sunset. I'm a real sucker for those amazing colours at the bookends of the day. But the reality is that sunset shots are a dime a dozen. So how do you get yours to stand out from the rest of crowd's. Here are some tips that work for me.
It's Not About the Sunset
"Hold it a second. I thought this post was about sunsets!"
Well, it is and it isn't.
Gorgeous sunset colours are certainly appealing, but they are definitely not enough to maintain your viewer's interest. Think of the sunset as the backdrop to your photograph. What you place in front of those colours is the important thing. Let's look at an example.
I don't think that anyone would argue with the fact that those are some pretty cool colours and cloud formations in the above image. As well, the almost perfect reflection helps add some interest to this photo, but for me, something's missing. I like the symmetry of this shot, but it didn't keep my interest when I took the photo and it still doesn't. When I arrived at this shoreline earlier that evening I did a bit of scouting around. I came across an old license plate close to shore. I fished it out and recomposed the shot.
The rocky shoreline helps to anchor the shot and makes the image less abstract, while the license plate adds a unique point of interest.
Peter Baumgarten is a professional photographer and educator. He is also an Olympus Visionary and NiSi Official Photographer.