It is best to move around to find some foreground elements. This place is special for the setting and rising sun.
This impatience parallels life a bit. Rush, rush, hurry and dash. What we miss is the peace and serenity all around us if we are waiting for something to happen then leave abruptly. I don’t feel like I’m trying to race time in this place. Here, it feels like you’re in sync with what’s surrounds you.
I was standing on the beach watching cliff divers and waiting for the sun to set. Another photographer asked me if I have a favorite between a landscape, animal or flower – after asking me what I like to photograph. Most people equate something favorite with what is best or perfect. Not me. Favorite for me means all that went into making the photo, especially the relationship I see between the subject and myself. There is no way for the viewer to know or feel that relationship. This gent was also photographing the moon like I was doing. I can say I was engrossed with a relationship I was hoping to pull from that darkening sky.
After the last dive which happened long before the sun set, most everyone disappeared. I waited for more along with the guy I mentioned. I wanted the sun to not just fade over the horizon, but to sink out of view like a lead anchor.
Why a relationship? Well, the smell of the salty water was around me, the wind slapping my face, the crash of the waves coalesced to create a sense of serenity and calm. It is not just the view of a pretty sky, it is all that cocoons that special moment and why it becomes a special moment.
My advice to those photographing as I did, make sure you have a tripod.
I did not, nor did I have anywhere to set my camera for the low-light scene. I had to raise the ISO in order to hand-hold the camera. You would get far better photos than I did by doing it properly. Just make sure to shoot in manual for greater control on exposure.
A tripod can be a pain to take on a plane. Many are heavy and can be a pain to carry around during your travels. If really serious on your dawn, dusk or nighttime shots, a very important piece of equipment is the tripod.
The first image, you can actually see the moon craters like I cropped to see above. If I was thinking at the time, a 300mm lens was on the camera and I could have zoomed and focused on the moon for a clearer shot. Sometimes getting lost in the serenity means your mind takes a restful break too.
I am always looking for these peaceful, quiet scenes. Since I teased about cliff divers, I also have them back-lighted by the sun. Only one makes an actual dive, the others were learning I think and just jumped. Some were too afraid and changed their mind. It was rather dangerous on those black rocky cliffs.
Next time you wait for a sunset, just wait a bit longer, even if it goes dark. You might just like the muted colors and atmosphere. I used the D750 on these images to achieve greater clarity, yet handheld, the photos get a bit grainy.