Landscape Photography – Long Sunset

One thing you’ll notice about amateur photographers is that they tend to pack up and leave right after sunset. The next time you’re out taking sunset shots look around and notice that many experienced amateurs and professionals will continue shooting well past sunset. It’s this time about 30 minutes past sundown when the wind becomes still and the sky turns an incredible dark blue or purple color.

This first shot was taken just a few minutes after sunset when the colors were at their brightest.

After Sunset

After Sunset
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 50D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 24m, f/9.5 for 1/90th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

The second shot was taken several minutes later when the wind had stopped and the sky had turned a beautiful shade of blue. The deep, saturated colors make waiting around after dark well worth the effort.

Well Past Dark

Well Past Dark
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 50D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 32mm, f/11 for 3 seconds at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

6 thoughts on “Landscape Photography – Long Sunset

  1. Very nice tip, and awesome pictures. I have two similar pictures on my desk (unfortunately, do not have their soft copies – was shot about 10 years ago), which show the same phenomenon. We were out on a sail boat in the tampa bay, to see the sunset. We saw the sunset, and we continued to just stay put there, and bask in the beauty that we had just seen. And then we saw the crimsons and reds fade, and the blues and purples come out. Beautiful.

    Great blog you have here. I am adding to my feed reader:)

  2. The more I do this thing, the more I realize that photography is all about patience.

    And sometimes I’m not a patient person. Nuts to me.

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