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Mon Dec 12, 2011, 07:01 PM

A Sunset for the Ages (August 24, 2011)

(It's taken me a long time to post this, as processing of these images took longer than I expected, and I was taking a conscious break from posting for some time as well. In the long run, it's was probably a good thing, as I wasn't expecting DU3 to become active as soon as it did, and this post would have met an early disappearance on DU2 if I had done it earlier.)

This past August, we spent a few days at Semiahmoo up by the Canadian border. The day we drove up, there was a great sunset...which I got to witness through the windshield of my car, as we were late getting out and arrived several hours after I had planned. I hoped that we could get there in time for me to capture it, but, as soon as we pulled into the parking lot, the last of the sunset faded away, and I was left with nothing but a darkening blue sky with dark gray clouds. The next day was frustrating, too, as there was not a cloud in the sky, leaving me with a "pretty" but boring subject.

On the 24th, the forecast called for mostly sunny with a few clouds by late afternoon -- a forecast with solid potential for a good sunset. I set up from a good vantage point on the hotel's deck as the sun was starting to go down and, for awhile, it looked like a good but unexceptional sunset was in the offing.




Shortly after taking that shot, however, a bank of clouds rolled in at the horizon. Generally, that spells the end of any hope for sunset photography, as the lower clouds will block the sun's rays from hitting any of the clouds above them.




At that point, I pretty much figured the show was over. However, as I continued shooting, I saw an unexpected phenomenon that gave me hope: the lower clouds lit up from below, with a telltale glow on the horizon that suggested that the band of clouds was a narrow enough one that the sunlight would eventually be able to reach from under them.




While waiting for that to happen, I walked off to shoot other parts of the property. While setting up a shot pointing to the east, away from the sunset, I noticed that the clouds in that direction were beginning to light up in pink.




Turning around, I set up from that position pointing toward the west. In a few minutes, the show had begun in earnest.




I returned to my original vantage point just in time for the shot I had been hoping for to come to full color.




From that point, it was only a matter of picking one composition after another.

























Finally, the show was over, with time for one final image as night fell upon the bay.



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regnaD kciN Dec 2011 OP
kayakjohnny Dec 2011 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Dec 2011 #2
One Voice Dec 2011 #3
KT2000 Dec 2011 #4
bluedigger Dec 2011 #5
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Alameda Dec 2011 #7
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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 07:11 PM

1. Very very nice. You got a lot of mileage out of that.

So many ways to capture it.

Sometimes you get handed a real gem.

You did a masterful job!

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 07:12 PM

2. Wow!

You take incomparable pictures!

Those are wonderful...I'm so glad you stuck around to get them.

Thank you!

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 07:27 PM

3. Beauty-full

Thank you for sharing!

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 07:32 PM

4. Outstanding

Beautiful photos.
I look out on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, across from Victoria. We had so many beautiful sunsets this year.
This one though is amazing - thanks for hanging in there and sharing the pics.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 08:28 PM

5. Time well spent!

Good work!

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 09:02 PM

6. get thee to cloud appreciation society!

sigh. jealous.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 09:32 PM

7. Fantastic, fabulous.....thank you for your patience and sharing with us.

I love clouds...and photos of clouds are one of my favorites.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 10:08 PM

8. Beautiful

though not sure that word is enough. Glad the atmosphere cooperated with your work to bring us these.



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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 12:57 AM

9. Stunning. The first made my jaw drop!

But I must say that the sixth shot is a masterpiece in composition and contrast. The way the angle of the beach compliments the angle of the clouds gives it a distinct feeling of motion. Superb work.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 03:10 PM

10. I like them all but

this right here makes me want to be a better photographer:

Thank you for the inspiration!



ps, off topic, I used to have a friend who played in a band called Nick Danger and the 3rd Eye.

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