Sunday Sunsets

A long time ago, somewhere in the depths of my childhood, I remember reading a story saying how the Norse goddess Frigg, wife to Odin and mother of Baldr, clued the cosmos in on her state of mind in a truly stellar fashion: if she were sad, the sunset would be dull and nondescript, but if she were happy, the world would get a pyrotechnic show this side of a 4th of July grande final. Don’t you love it when people take the guesswork out of the equation?

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I was at the right place (Carmel-by-the-Sea) at the right time (JUST as the sun went down) when I grabbed this picture. The colors lasted maybe about 10 seconds before shifting.

It’s a good question as to when I became obsessed with sunsets — maybe I just hate waking up early to catch the dawn — but I noticed that, going through my photos collections, I seem to take pains to snap a lot of twilight moments. But hey, why not? Nothing against the black-and-white beauties of Ansel Adams, but I have always seen the world in vibrant Technicolor, and a good sunset has some of nature’s best.

I’m not alone; if you can get over that drama queen in the foreground, Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” is all about the sunset. And did you know there is such a thing as a sunset party? In Carmel-by-the-Sea, arguably California’s most underrated artistic capital, the views over the Pacific can be so spectacular that people literally drop everything and head to the beach for the impromptu colorporn.

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I was never able to high enough to seen the horizon in York, so I missed out on a sweeping, North-of-England sunset shot. But when life gives you lemons…

It’s the same in Haywood County, North Carolina. I was there the last year covering the eclipse, but was witness to a far more common cosmic occurrence later the very same day: a sunset over the rolling green gorgeousness of Appalachia. Locals take to the Blue Ridge Parkway to various lookouts points for the best views.

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Not bad for an iPhone.

But it’s not all about land- or oceanscapes. Inspired by “Impression, Sunrise” Monet, I grabbed this industrial shot in Antwerp:

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I took this when I was covering the World OutGames; you can’t tell, but right behind me is one of the biggest outdoor after-parties in Europe. And that’s saying something. 

And when I was in Pattaya, most famous (some would say infamous) as the city the Thai sex industry made, I beheld this tranquil vista over the Gulf of Thailand:

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Look closely and you can see fishing boats bobbing off shore.

And sometimes I am REALLY, REALLY ABSO-FUCKING-LUTELY lucky, like when I was on a plane over the Adirondacks, looked out the window, and saw this (points to me for putting my camera in my carry-on, by the way).

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That’s Venus in the upper left.

 

And that’s the great thing about sunsets (and sunrises, for that matter): From the ground and all the way up into orbit, they happen everyday. Provided the colors are vibrant, the weather permits, and you don’t take a pic directly into the shinning sun and overexpose the photo, even amateur photogs like me can whack out some pretty impressive work.

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