I went out a few nights ago to take sunset pictures. I had been aching to get out on a nice summer night to try a new spot Nick and I had found. I wasn’t able to find anyone to go with, so I packed my stuff and went out solo. With potential fireworks that night as well, I figured maybe I would try those out after.
I was able to find parking easy enough and got to the water just before sunset. I composed my shot and took it pretty easy, waiting until the right moment. I was using my Tokina 11-16 which had provided pretty good results so far.
I was finally learning to take my time with the pictures, and it help that it was warm enough to just sit back and relax. I remember reading an article about photographers taking books with them to keep them occupied while they wait. Sounds like a good idea, but I would probably miss the shot if I did that.
Using my GND filter, I got a few ok shots of the skyline. The sunset wasn’t really spectacular and there wasn’t much color in the sky. The one thing I have to start doing is learning from sunsets to see if I can judge when I am going to have a good one. I know clouds are key, but I really need to know more about the different phases.
After about 20 minutes I assumed sunset was pretty much over and I started walking farther into the park/path. I found a great train bridge and was able to capture a train going by during a long exposure (Image Above). The orange of the lights and blueness of the sky really made the image pop. I tend to like ‘Blue Hour’ rather than sunset for cityscapes.
As I walked back to the car, I noticed how cool the city was looking as it started to get darker. I changed lenses to my Canon EF 17-40 since my Tokina was a little wide, and I really wanted to start using the 17-40 more. I was able to get the awesome shot above of the Montreal Skyline as my last shot of the night.
I ditched the fireworks and went home pretty happy with the shoot.
A Few Comments from the Shoot:
- Study different phases of sunset
- GND comes in handy again
- Cityscapes look great during ‘Blue Hour’
- I have to start using my other lenses more. The 17-40 is an awesome lens