Monday, November 05, 2007

Poetry In The Sky

Last Moments Of Today's Spring Sunset

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


What you see here is the sight that greeted me a few minutes after eight o'clock this evening. It's a good thing I always have my camera with me, so I simply pulled over and reached for my camera bag - and my jumper, because it's been a lot colder the past 48 hours. This is not the best sunset I've ever photographed, but it's still very rewarding to witness and record a sight like this. I shot a few vertical frames as well, but the horizontal versions were much stronger images.

The strange thing is when you're standing there shooting a scene like this, you don't really appreciate how the colours change in the space of a minute or two. As you can see here, the difference is quite dramatic, with the orange wash much stronger and wider in the second frame. And believe it or not, there was less than a minute between the two shots.

19 comments:

backpakker said...

This is sheer poetry ..I cant find a better shade of crimson ...its absolutely romantic

david mcmahon said...

Thank you, Backpakker,

All I did was press the shutter button!

Keep smiling

David

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MONA said...

Gosh! This is sheer magic! Its like sky on fire!

These are by far some of the best shots I have seen and they are breathtaking!

david mcmahon said...

Hi Jerome,

I just checked out your site. As we have the same aims and goals, namely to help other writers, I have no objection to your suggestion.

It will be a week or so before I update my links.

You and your members might also find some use in my series called `Telling Write From Wrong' where I advise writers and answer questions on a variety of issues.

Cheers

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Mona,

Just lucky shots. I guess that shows my decision to have my camera with me at all times is so important in capturing unexpected shots.

I like your new profile picture, too.

Keep smiling

David

lime said...

beautiful, and yes i can bleieve colors shofted that dramatically that quickly.

Stacy said...

Beautiful, David. Each time I see a sunset like this, it stops me in my tracks. I can never get enough pictures of them, either.

Suzi-k said...

These are wonderful, that olivey green in the bottom one is amazing. Hope you saved some for Skywatch Friday!!

Mushy said...

Sure would like to witness that in person. Wow.

katherine. said...

sunsets (and sunrises) always catch my breath.

(translation please...is a jumper some sort of jacket? smile)

karoline said...

pretty skypaper to wrap the remains of the day..

k:)

Kimberly said...

What a gift to be able to capture moments like that and savour them later. Can't believe how short the time lapse between the two shots is.

Buck Pennington said...

And believe it or not, there was less than a minute between the two shots.

I believe it. I shoot like crazy when photographing sunrises and sunsets... up to 50 different variations of f-stop and shutter speed... all in the space of six or seven minutes. It's fun!

joan said...

Love photos of sunsets and these are amazing.

~Fathairybastard~ said...

Oooh, beautiful shotws. Love those.

Max-e said...

Great pictures David. I always enjoy a good sunset.

Allan Cook said...

That first shot is astonishingly beautiful, David. Bravo!

~**Dawn**~ said...

Even though there may be sunsets that are more vibrant, I love that you've captured the "action" of the sunset here. I am always spellbound by the way the colors evolve & morph & blend, from warm to increasingly cooler tones, as the sun sinks slowly under the horizon. It seems each one is more beautiful than the last.