I was so darned tickled with myself for staying up and capturing the summer sunset on this beach while I was there. I was still wide awake and decided to stick around a little longer. I had a feeling there will continue to be some sort of light show as the sun produced a “last hurrah” of color, and I was right.
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The Difference Between A Summer Morning And A Summer Sunset
Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington
I’ve hammered this in to my National Parks Traveler readers as well as you, I know, but visiting a place more than once, during different times of the day, during different seasons, and/or under different weather conditions can really make a difference in what you see through your camera’s viewfinder.
The first shot was taken around 8:30 a.m. PST. I was just too tired to get up to get a sunrise and I already knew that coastal sunrises along the Olympic Peninsula – at least when staring out in the direction of the sea – are lovely, but not dramatic (at least, not during the time I was there). Sunsets, on the other hand, are spectacular and I’d already gotten sunset shots on two different days at Kalaloch Beach, so I wanted to get a sunset image or two (or a bunch) at a beach with some interesting topography to it. I’d captured images of the actual sunset, and the tide was coming in, so I decided to hike back up the trail to the parking lot. I’d gotten up two-thirds of the way, turned around, and saw the sky an incredible pink-orange color, so I dropped everything and handheld the camera for this shot, taken almost exactly 12 hours later, at 8:32 P.M. PST. That tall piece of rock you see is called Abbey Island.
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For the first time ever, I think, in the 15+ years I have lived here in Texas, I drove over to Brazos Bend State Park in the late afternoon. Being the morning person that I am, I usually visit this park during the slightly-post-dawn hours before anybody else arrives.
The day was clear and cool and I thought it would be a nice time to try for some evening photos. Plus, it gave me the opportunity to practice my starburst skills on the lowering sun.
How is this accomplished?
Set your aperture to f22. It’s as easy as that!
Of course, you’ll need to work with your shutter speed and ISO to assure you aren’t getting a totally under-exposed image in your quest for a starburst effect. An aperture of f22 means not much light is getting through to the sensor via that route.
I played around with the ISO so some of these mages are at 320 while others are at 400.
My shutter speeds ranged from between 1/20 to 1/13 of a second.
Needless to say, this was all done on a tripod.
Note, the longer the shutter speed, the larger and more pronounced the starburst effect. These images were shot using my Canon 5D Mk III and 16-35mm lens set at 16mm.
Now that you see how easy it is to get a starburst effect, go on out, yourself, and have some fun with your camera and lens setup and f22 your way to a neat starburst.
I’ve been pretty darned prolific with the posts, I readily admit. Probably because next weekend I doubt I will have a chance to post anything at all. I’m photographing a wedding on the 29th and so will be readying myself and my cameras for that awesome event. Hence, the reason for my prolific-ness (is that even a word??)
After publishing an earlier post about my Seattle 2012 stay, I found some more photos I took during that first wonderful afternoon gazing out my hotel window onto the ever-changing scenery of Elliott Bay.
So, here they are.