Another Sunset

November 08, 2021

Pool of light on Forest floor


Sunset, or to a lesser extent, sunrise. The colours blasting across the sky. Lighting up clouds in a spectacular display, a riot of colours from deep purple to bright red, with everything in between.

Sometimes it is the warm glow of a mountainside, sometimes the long rays as they cascade across the sea. Either way the sunset and sunrise capture our attention. I have a question though.


The easy answer is that sunsets are easy. The colours do it for you and give such a photogenic display that they are so straightforward. The other reason is the time of day. Any image can be improved with the right light and the low filtered light from a setting sun is perfect for a warm soft shot. I must stress this is not soft in focus but soft as in not having any harsh contrast to it, this means we all go out in the “golden hour” and chase the warm low light.

For a health reason, I have been trapped in my house unable to get out to my favourite haunts and as a result, I have been considering the direction of travel of my own photography. Looking for an alternative, something different when I am back to full health

Looking beyond the easy explosion of light of sunset, pour weather with its low grey clouds give me the chance to vanish into woodland the flat lighting there means I can just focus on the shapes and patterns in the woods. However, I have issues there are so many that sometimes, most of the time, it becomes difficult to isolate forms, structures, and contours that I walk away disgusted by my attempts. I know though that if I practice things should get better. Sorry, will get better. It’s not easy and perhaps that’s why I and many others don’t do it very often. But if you look around there are a lot of photographers that go into forests and do some excellent work. I think it requires lots of practice and dedication to get right.

The Fens

I live in the Fens and perhaps that’s another reason I like dawn and dusk. The fens are essentially, as I have mentioned before, flat. This poses a slight problem. I have the coast the occasional wood a few lakes and miles upon miles of flat featureless farmland. To give you an example. The New Bedford River, which is a man-made river, runs from Earith to Kings Lynn and the surrounding area is flat. Lacking in pretty much anything in the way of subjects or points of interest. Where there is anything, it has been photographed to death and then it becomes an interesting challenge to see something new there and translate the idea into a viewable image that I am happy with to have in my portfolio and show people as an example of me as a landscape photographer.


I do not begrudge the fact that I live in this area or the fact that I can’t roam the hills and dales of the Western side of the UK easily. I just get confused by the welter of possible images that are there. Again, it comes down to practice.

There it is boldly out there. Practice, this is what makes the difference between a good photographer and a brilliant one, getting out there and ignoring the easy shots. The eruption of colour that is found at sunset and sunrise. Seeing all the little minutiae of life outdoors and capturing it.

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