Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world. ~Arnold Newman
Tag Archives: Western Sunsets
This past May, as I traveled to visit and photograph several National Parks I stopped in Holbrook Arizona to visit my friend Steve. My first evening there had Steve busy but he was sure to tell me where to set up my camera to get some great open shots of a south western sunset. I was there in plenty of time since it was about 200 yards from the where I would be sleeping for the next two night. My equipment was lite: two camera’s (Nikon D300s & Nikon D-90) and a flip video I had attached to a gorilla pod which I attached to a fence post. I started the video which happily recorded a glorious sunset, which I am sure Steve ordered just for me. On my D300s I mounted my 18-55mm kit lens because I wasn’t happy with my initial shots using my 50mm prime. The slower lens gave me better results. On the D-90 I had a 55-300mm lens that I ended up ignoring for most of the evening. Taking a few shots to get the shutter speed and aperture set where I wanted them I jumped ,in first with more traditional shots of sunsets with wide open horizons. Then when it became dark enough for the feel and effect I was after I began taking pictures for the series I call “Sunset Winds”. I took over two hundred photos of the sunset that evening with about 50 of them using a long exposure technique I have been working on for a while. It was this technique that gave me the Sunset Winds. This particular photo was a .5sec exposure at F36. My goal was to keep a horizon visible and yet reflect movement in the sunset. I have titled this series of photos “Sunset Winds”. You can find this series in my Gallery.