Gold Beach Sunsets

ISO 100, 120mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec

We were blessed with two beautiful sunsets this past weekend over on the coast, with  Saturday and Sunday both providing us with a great sunset.

As I take and process sunset photographs I try to do one of two things.  I either concentrate on an area of the sky that is the most interesting to me or I try to find an interesting foreground that will give the photograph some interest.

I find that if you just point the camera at the sky and take in all of the sky and foreground the eye doesn’t have a direction to go or a subject to focus on.

ISO 200, 24mm, f/6.3, 1/400 sec

Because there are usually clouds on the horizon of the Oregon coast it is very rare in my experience to see the sun setting into the ocean.  Saturday’s sunset was like that, but amazingly the sunset on Sunday was a great sunset into the ocean.

ISO 100, 120mm, f/4.0, 1/200 sec

ISO 100, 120mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec

To create this look I decreased the exposure by -1.67 in post processing.  I love the mood it creates.  It accentuates the sun sinking into the ocean.

ISO 200, 78mm, f/4.0, 1/640 sec

I like this close up of the cloud formation here.  The photograph doesn’t do it justice, it was a wispy kind of soft look.  The way the sun was hitting the clouds it highlighted the edges nicely.

Here are the rest of the keepers from the sunset shots this past weekend.


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