Patience Grasshopper [Patience Photographer]

Nikon D3S, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 200, ƒ/7.1, 1/100

Sunset Photos

Timing is crucial when shooting sunsets. Here the sun just barely dipped below the horizon and the sky is still getting light from the sun that is visible.

Nikon D3S, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 200, ƒ/7.1, 1/100

Nine minutes later the sun is having very little impact on the sky.

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 12800, ƒ/8, 1/100

Here in Chicago I just wanted a dark blue sky so that the lights of the city popped, but the edges of the building were still visible.

Nikon D750, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM, ISO 160, ƒ/7.1, 1/160

As the sun is setting I was taking this photo in Seattle of the skyline. By just waiting for seventy-eight minutes later I was able to capture this photo from the same spot.

Nikon D750, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM, ISO 100, ƒ/8, 6.2 sec

Finally the lights in the city are brighter than the sky allowing for them to create a more powerful photo.

Dusk Photo Tips

  • Pick your location an hour before sunset
  • Use tripod
  • Use low ISO
  • As the sun goes down shoot lots of photos
  • Shoot good 20 to 30 minutes after the sun disappears below the horizon

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