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5 Reasons Why Sunset Is a Favorite Photography Subject

I am a blogger, romantic comedy writer, freelance photographer, and music lover from the Philippines. A number one Toto fan.

This article will take a look at five of the main reasons why people love sunset photography.

This article will take a look at five of the main reasons why people love sunset photography.

Who is not amazed when they see the beauty of a sunset? Even if you're looking at the sunset in the same place where you live, it will make you stop for a while and watch its breathtaking beauty while you ponder things in your head.

As you observe the beauty of the sunset, it will also lead you somewhere else, somewhere in your wildest imaginations that only you know. But have you ever wondered why it can affect our mood that way? Well, every day the setting sun displays art, amazing art that only the camera can record and make it possible for you appreciate the beauty of it any time you want.

I am a sunset-lover too. Just like others, I have visited a lot of places just to see the beauty of them. I am so amazed by what I have photographed and want to share some of it with you, because maybe you'll feel the same way too.

Here are some of my photographs that display awesome sunset art. Some were taken at the same places but at different times and weather conditions. I will also be sharing why sunsets are some of the most amazing subjects in photography.

5 Reasons Why People Love Sunset Photography

  1. Anyone can easily view sunsets for free.
  2. They provide dramatic scenery.
  3. They have wonderfully vibrant colors.
  4. They produce amazing natural art.
  5. They can affect your mood.
This was taken at The Baywalk. The angel of the subject with the vibrant colors of the sunset make it more dramatic. I also made this as a cover for my ongoing book, "Endless Summer Night".

This was taken at The Baywalk. The angel of the subject with the vibrant colors of the sunset make it more dramatic. I also made this as a cover for my ongoing book, "Endless Summer Night".

1. Anyone Can Easily View Sunsets for Free

You don't have to go that far or spend too much money just to see the sunset, because as long as the weather is fine, it will always be available in your area—unless you really love to spend money to go places known for their amazing scenery during sunset.

For example, in our city there is a famous place called "The Baywalk" located in Roxas Boulevard, Manila City, where a lot of people go to watch the sunset. Mostly lovers and photography enthusiasts go there and spend their time admiring the skies until the day has fully passed.

In my observations, that place is a haven for lovers, so I took a chance to take some candid shots. In this case, you must be very careful pointing your lens toward people without permission. You can ask permission or tactfully talk to them and let them sign a photo release if possible. It is always better to be safe (and respectful) than sorry.

2. They Provide Dramatic Scenery

Sunsets can produce great silhouettes with vibrant colors in the background, thus adding a dramatic look or feeling to the subject, especially when your subject is a couple. And if you are taking photos for a book cover or prenuptial session, having a sunset as the background of your subject is really interesting.

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Another photo taken at The Baywalk a few hours before I took photo of the couple.

Another photo taken at The Baywalk a few hours before I took photo of the couple.

3. They Have Wonderfully Vibrant Colors

Sunset is one of the best examples of sites that produce strong, vibrant, and saturated colors, especially during good weather and during the golden hour. That is why the sunset creates such breathtaking scenery.

4. They Produce Amazing Natural Art

One of the main reasons I love sunset is because, well, it's art. Every sunset produces art that is truly amazing, because nature has its own ways of creating art—something that we don't want to miss out on. That is why I often bring my camera with me wherever I go.

Sometimes a DSLR is too heavy or too much of a hassle to carry, especially when you're commuting to work like me. That is why I prefer to bring my bridge camera to make sure I won't miss the beautiful sunset. It's light and can easily be put inside a shoulder bag.

Most of my photos were shot in one location, Centennial Overpass. Every day, every season, I am always surprised at what I get.

So why not try to make it a goal to shoot the sunset in your area on a frequent basis? Have fun shooting!

5. They Can Affect Your Mood

Lastly, sunset can affect our mood too. Well, it depends on what art it displays, but often times it leads to pondering things in life.

While watching the sun set, I sometimes think about or connect it to my wildest dreams, my family, my love life, and plenty of other ponderings.

Sometimes it can boost happiness or loneliness, depending on your mood in a particular time. For example, one time I was already so devastated that the dramatic sunset only made me even more lonely.

It all depends on how you're feeling and how you might be affected at any given point in time!

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