Thursday, July 9, 2015

Sunset Sequence

7.3.2015, 8:11 PM, 168mm, ISO 200, f/5, 1/125 sec
7.3.2015, 8:13 PM, 123mm, ISO 200, f/5, 1/200 sec
7.3.2015, 8:14 PM, 70mm, ISO 200, f/5, 1/125 sec
7.3.2015, 8:19 PM, 26mm, ISO 200, f/5, 1/40 sec
Worth noting that all four shots were taken from the same location in 29 Palms, CA using a tripod. However, the focal lengths were very different. Shot #1 is a 168mm telephoto shot (using my 70-200mm zoom lens) that allowed me to focus on just a small piece of the sky. Each shot is a progressively larger piece of sky, with the last shot being a true wide angle shot (26mm) and requiring a lens change. If you are new to taking sky shots, I highly recommend changing up your focal length, as it makes a huge difference!

The four photos were taken over a period of only 8 minutes, but the sky changes dramatically over that short time. All were shot at f/5, but the shutter speed of the last shot was much slower (1/40 sec) compared to the earlier shots (1/125 or 1/200 sec) because the sky was quickly getting darker. This was one of the better sunsets that I've seen in a while. I was working outside and not even planning on taking any pictures when all of a sudden the sky just lit up in these beautiful colors! Fortunately, camera and tripod were nearby.

Linking with skywatch Friday. Click on the link to check out great skies from around the world. 
You'll be glad you did!!

47 comments:

  1. Oh, what glorious, dramatic skies!!! And your captures are superb!! These really took my breath away!! Thanks for sharing the wonder!!!

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  2. Beautiful shots, colours are amazing and I love the the header photograph too :)

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  3. Oh wow, I love the gorgeous colors. Just stunning! Awesome sky captures! Have a happy weekend ahead!

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  4. They are fabulous. Amazing colours. I use different lenses, depending on whether I want big panoramic views or key focal points. Just beatiful

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  5. I wanna learn to use the camera the right way. Great job.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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  6. excellent sequence. wide angles show more of the sunset beauty.

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  7. Great sequence; awesome pictures!

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  8. These are really rich and beautiful photos. Very sharp too!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Alexander
    Alex's World! - http://alex.kakinan.com

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  9. You have to be one of the best!




    ALOHA
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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  10. All those radiant gold tones are enchanting. A great series of photos.

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  11. Beautiful sunsets. Interesting they're only 8 minutes apart, the sky changed so quickly.

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  12. A real blockbuster sky. Hollywood must be on the same latitude. Great show.

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  13. Hi! Nice sunset photos.I think the sky remains it's excellence after the sunset. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Hi! Nice sunset photos.I think the sky remains it's excellence after the sunset. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. What a glorious sunset! I love them all, but I think I will keep the last one in mind for bedtime tonight!
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend!

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  16. Beautiful colors blend by God !!

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  17. Wow! That is an amazing sunset.

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  18. Such majestic sky shots!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  19. We are all fortunate that you are never far from your camera! Stunning skies.

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  20. Beautiful colorful clear sky shots. Can't see ours with the smoke. Lots of forest fires here in BC.

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  21. A beautiful sunset, well captured. I love watching the changing light at this time of day, especially when the clouds are playing too.

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  22. Gorgeous sunsets ! So full of atmosphere !

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  23. Wow, such gorgeous colors. Great sky shots, all of them, but my favorites are # 1 and 2. They got more "power"

    Wish you a great Sunday!

    Irene

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  24. how gorgeous. your photos are so wonderfully captured. great job.

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  25. Amazing captures of the drama unfolding in the sky!

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  26. Very nice - there's nothing like a desert sunset!

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  27. What a gorgeous sunset... amazing colours...

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  28. Perfect sunset shots. Awesome views.
    Thanks for dropping by :)
    www.womenandperspectives.com

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  29. Wow...the colors, the movement, the clouds...EVERYTHING is phenomenally spectacular!!

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  30. It's amazing how much the sky can change in 8 minutes!!

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  31. Absolutely glorious!! Amazing how your focal lengths made each shot unique. Bravo!

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  32. Great shots - and it shows that there is more to landscape shots that just as wide an angle as you can manage. I have some landscape shots I took recently with my 400mm lens - they will pop up soon.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  33. What a beautiful sunset sequence. Wonderfully captured.

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  34. truly dramatic but breathtalking...love all the photos. I hope I could come and visit CA soon :)

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