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Sunset Photography Tips

The best time to go to the beach is SUNSET here on the West Coast of Southern California. I try to get out there an hour or two before sunset to let the dogs play and just relax and watch the show.The best colors come out after the sun has set.

I do not have an expensive camera and these shots are straight out of the camera, with the foregrounds lighted in post process. With point and shoot cameras you can still get cool sunset photos. I switched on my sunset mode which brings out the colors of the sky but also darkens the foreground. Great for silhouettes and sunsets.

Before the sun sets you get pastel colors, which are pretty in their own way. As each second ticks the colors get bolder.

I thought this couple made for a great subject along with the life guard tower.

One without the life guard tower..

Okay, time to quit stalking the couple…

So many photo opps..

I couldn’t decide which I liked better, the sky, the water or the sand!

Even the occasional sun flare is okay with me. Sometimes with point and shoot cameras you get the sun blown out. These I call my artsy photos..

I like them..I sometimes add words..

Like these..

Nothing like watching the sun set on the ocean.

Have a great day!


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Written by Kim_Johnson


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  1. You make a great point out of not needing an expensive camera to make excellent photos. I used to have a ton of expensive equipment back in the film days but, when I went digital, my back could no longer deal with carrying all that stuff around. My main camera these days is a Nikon Coolpix P7700 which is a point-and-shoot. However, I can put the thing in my fanny pack and I always have it with me.

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