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5 Reasons Why Sunset Is a Favorite Photography Subject

Updated on January 12, 2017
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Hello folks. I am new to this blogging but I am a romantic comedy writer. Amateur writer to be specific. I am also a freelance photographer

Who will not be amazed when we see the beauty of sunset? Even if you live in the same area wherein you probably see where the sun is setting everyday, but still it will make you stop for a while and watch as it is setting. Breathtaking beauty you see while you're pondering things in your head. As you observe the beauty of the sunset, It will also lead you somewhere else, somewhere in your wild imagination that you, yourself only know. But have you ever wonder why it can affects our mood that way? Well, I found out that it has something to do with the art we saw as it changed while it's setting and it's vibrant colors. Yes, everyday the setting sun displays art, amazing art that only camera can record that awesome moment 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 visited a lot of places just to see the beauty of it. I am so amazed of what I have photographed. So I am thinking of sharing some of it to you because, maybe you'll feel the same way too. Here are some of my photographs that show art in sunset. Some were taken at the same place in a different time and weather conditions. And I am also sharing why sunset is one of the most amazing subject in photography.

1. Accessibility

You don't have to go farther or spend so much money just to see the sunset because as long as the weather is fine, sunset will always be available in your area. Not unless you really love to spend money to go places known for its amazing scenery during sunset. Like for example our city, there is a famous place called " The Baywalk" located in Roxas Boulevard, Manila City, wherein a lot of people go there to watch the sunset. Mostly lovers and photography enthusiast go there and spend their time until night. In my observation, that place is a haven of lover's dating so I took a chance to take some stolen or candid shots. In this case, you must be very careful pointing your lens to somebody 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 than sorry.

This was taken two years ago when I started photography. I went there to see the beautiful sunset. That baywalk is too long, about 2km and I only took one side of it. Can you imagine how many people were there?
This was taken two years ago when I started photography. I went there to see the beautiful sunset. That baywalk is too long, about 2km and I only took one side of it. Can you imagine how many people were there?
Me and my friends watching the breath-taking scenery.
Me and my friends watching the breath-taking scenery.
Smooth and relaxing sunset from The Baywalk.
Smooth and relaxing sunset from The Baywalk.

2. Dramatic Scenery

Sunset can produce a great silhouette with vibrant colors in the background. That is why it can add 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.

This was also taken at The Baywalk. The angel of the subject plus the vibrant colors of the sunset make it more dramatic.  I also made this as a book cover of my on going book,  Endless Summer Night.
This was also taken at The Baywalk. The angel of the subject plus the vibrant colors of the sunset make it more dramatic. I also made this as a book cover of my on going book, Endless Summer Night.
Another photo taken at The Baywalk few hours earlier before I took photo of the couple.
Another photo taken at The Baywalk few hours earlier before I took photo of the couple.

3. Vibrant Colors

Sunset is one of the best examples in our surroundings that produces strong, vibrant and saturated colors, especially during good weather and during golden hour. That is why the sunset is such breath-taking scenery.

This was taken during golden hour. Three images I stitched together to create a good panoramic view.
This was taken during golden hour. Three images I stitched together to create a good panoramic view.
Unedited photo with vibrant colors.
Unedited photo with vibrant colors.
Unedited violet sunset.
Unedited violet sunset.

4. Displays Art

One of the favorite reasons why I love sunset is its art. Every sunset produces art that is truly amazing. Because nature has its own ways of showing art - one thing that we don't want to miss out. That is why I often bring my camera with me wherever I go. Sometimes DSLR is too heavy or too hassle to carry especially when commuting going 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 put inside our shoulder bag.

Silhouetted Barb Wire
Silhouetted Barb Wire
Gloomy Sunset.
Gloomy Sunset.
Milky Sunset.
Milky Sunset.

5. Can Affect Your Mood

And 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 it setting, I sometimes think about or connect it to my wildest dream, family, love life and etc. Sometimes it can boost happiness loneliness, depending on your mood in a particular time. For example, like when I was so devastated and I saw the dramatic display sunset, It made me even more lonely.

I called this Silhouetted Memories. It brings back memories when I was still working at in a factory.
I called this Silhouetted Memories. It brings back memories when I was still working at in a factory.
Dreaming bigger.
Dreaming bigger.

Most of my photos were shot in one location, Centennial Overpass. Every day, every season, I am always surprised at what I got. So, why not contemplate to make it a goal to shot sunset in your area?

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