Thursday, August 1, 2013

Watching the Sun Drop: Six Photos in 13 Minutes

Bumping along on a dirt road in Joshua Tree last Saturday (7/27/13), I liked the look of the sun dropping behind this cloud...
7:38 PM:  105mm, f14, 1/200sec, ISO 125
A few short minutes later, the sun was below the cloud, and I'm thinking, that's probably it for the night. Wife and I got in the car and drove down the road...
7:41PM; 105mm; f/14, 1/125sec; ISO 125
Six minutes later, things looked interesting. Stoped the car, lens change (70 - 200mm) and started shooting again...
7:47PM; 200mm; f/10; 1/100sec; ISO 125
Put on the 2x extender to get in even closer...
7:48PM; 400mm; f/10; 1/125sec; ISO 250
7:50PM; 400mm; f/10; 1/250sec; ISO 250
7:51PM; 400mm; f/8' 1/250sec; ISO 250
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32 comments:

  1. Some beautiful shots there.

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  2. Delightful. Sunsets never cease to amazing me with their wonder and beauty.

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  3. A magnificent series of photos! I was at Joshua Tree several years ago and judging by these amazing shots I should have stayed around for sunset! Have a great weekend!

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  4. Isn't it amazing how much - and how quickly - the sky can change during sunrises and sunsets? These are spectacular photos!

    I have to admit, my Rebel takes such great photos on the "auto" setting that I've been very lazy about learning how to take photos using the manual settings. But one of the situations where "auto" lets me down is photos like these, of a rising or setting sun. I just end up with a big, undefined, hyper-glowy blob! So I was paying attention to the settings you shared on each photo - thanks for that. This winter when I have time, I must buckled down and study the digital photo books I bought along with my camera and stop relying on the "auto crutch!"

    I must say, as glorious as every one of these are, my heart actually went into my throat when I saw the last one...

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  5. This has happened to me more time than I care to confess to. I think the show is over, put the camera away and then the sky explodes with color. I like the first one best.

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  6. What a glorious way to end a day!! Incredible, dramatic skies and terrific captures!! Have a great weekend!

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  7. Incredible series, but the first one is my favourite!!! Do you see the lion on the right, in the second image?

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    1. I do now that you pointed it out. Thanks, Judy!!

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  8. I am in awe! Such beautiful shots..especially the first two.You have a wonderful gift...for getting just the right shot at the right time...and touching the hearts of those of us who get to view!

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  9. Wow, these are just stunning! They would look gorgeous framed! Lovely skies and photos!

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  10. These are absolutely stunning!

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  11. All of these shots are gorgeous. I'm glad you stopped to get some more after the first two.

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  12. Wonderful set of pictures. I did a "time lapse" of the Sun setting on Ayres Rock last month - its a fun thing to do.

    Cheers - Stewart M

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    1. I saw that post, Stewart... it was awesome! I would like to learn how you did that.

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  13. Wonderful series, simply marvelous!!!

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  14. Great photos! And for me very exotic. Very different nature. Thanks for the nice comment on my blog!

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  15. Great shot. I often get my best sunset shots just after I think I've already taken the best of the evening.

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  16. What an astounding sunset, I absolutely love it!

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  17. Oh, man! You really do get some beautiful sunsets up your way. Unfortunately, we have a 10,000 foot mountain in the way!~Darn!
    ~~Cheryl Ann~~

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  18. Great photos! That is a gorgeous sunset...

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  19. Love the last photograph, the colors are so beautiful.

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  20. Oh gosh, Joshua Tree is so photogenic no matter what, but these photos are extra-fabulous! Wow!

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  21. Stunning photos of the breathtaking sunset! The dark silhouetted desert plants and the molten sky …. I’m in awe of the magical power of the final rays of the sun in the desert.

    Yoko

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  22. I'm impressed with your quick actions in a time pressured situation. You really know your equipment even in the almost dark.

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  23. Wow!!!
    Verry beautiful!
    Well done!
    Gr.
    P-TER

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