A rare view of sunset

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This may sound like an odd thing to say, but it’s very difficult to see the sunset where we live. Last night I ventured out to take photographs of some nearby meadow land that has come to life with flowers in the recent sunshine. I happened to look up and felt this dramatic sunset made for a better image.

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Because of a quirk of geography, it’s difficult to see the sunset where we live. Last night, however, I had some luck and captured this dramatic scene in the sky.

We’re fortunate to see amazing sunrises from our house. I sometimes post the pictures to my Instagram account and they often get a good reception.

Living part way up a hill with forest land directly to the west, however, we don’t really see sunset because the sun disappears behind the trees long before it genuinely drops below the horizon. I just so happened to be at the top of the hill when I noticed these beautiful, dramatic colours in the sky.

With hindsight, those dark clouds were quite foreboding and ominous. A couple of hours later a storm arrived bringing rain and lightning.

There was also a certain amount of luck behind this photograph. Our house move (there will be an update on the blog tomorrow, it’s not going smoothly) has taken up a lot of my time but I have been getting out and taking images in manual mode. I’m no stranger to using the various settings on my camera but manual was the last one for me to crack and slowly but surely, I’m getting there. This is one of the better shots I managed to take this week using the manual setting.

I will be adding this to the #MySundayPhoto blogging linky. It’s a great linky for anyone with an interest in either photography or blogging. If you click on the badge below, you’ll be re-directed to the linky and you’ll get to see a superb selection of imagery from a diverse array of bloggers.




31 thoughts on “A rare view of sunset”

  1. Beautiful sunset shot, John. I have the same trouble as you, we see lovely sunrises but can’t really see the sunset because there are houses in the way. Sorry to hear your move is not going well, glad you’re hopefully counteracting some of the stress by taking photos. #MySundayPhoto

  2. Catie: Spectrum Mum

    I am very glad you looked up and captured this beautiful sight. Gorgeous photo of a sky filled with colour! #MySundayPhoto

  3. Stick with learning manual mode! I rarely have the camera in anything else these days. It looks like it was a spectacular sunset! #MySundayPhoto

    1. manual mode is becoming my default. you can do so much more with it and reduce the need to rely on Photoshop afterwards.

    1. It’s funny isn’t it, living in a valley that you don’t see these things? Hopefully we will form our new property.

  4. That is a fabulous sunset! We don’t have a hill or a forest by us, but we do have a really flipping massive house next to us, so we can’t see sunsets from the house or garden, we have to go somewhere else to see them!

  5. You’ve captured a very gorgeous sky. We’re the opposite to you. We never really get to see the sunrise but we have an amazing view of the sunset over the hills straight from our window, and I never really appreciated it till you’ve just said you don’t see many sunsets!

    1. Sorry to break it to you that you don’t see many sunsets! You’ll need to go out and find a hill to stand on.

  6. What a beautiful view….Where I live we can’t see the sun set either. We are surrounded by houses.
    Oh no. So sorry to hear the move isn’t going well….I hope things are sorted soon x

  7. we face north south so while we may see nice colours of sunrises and sunsets there is nothing to line them up with. Will your new house have better views? love the curve of the bottom of the clouds in this #mysundayphoto

    1. Oh our new place is on a flat piece of ground so should have better views, yes. Well, that assumes we end up buying it of course!

  8. Jade @ Captured By Jade

    I do love a skyscape – and this is a dramatic one; I’m not surprised to hear a storm soon followed. Great capture #MySundayPhoto

  9. That is a really lovely sunset, beautifully captured too! Good luck with the house buying process, we are in the same position right now, and it’s painful to say the least!

  10. fabulous sunset, i love how it arcs like a rainbow through the clouds. We don’t get sunsets here, the sun goes so low then just disappears, it never drops below the horizon, it may have something to do with the sea being east, must go inland one day and see if it makes a difference #mysundayphoto

  11. Hi John, the colours reflected in the clouds are lovely, who needs to actually see the sunset?… That’s what I tell myself as we can’t see it from our house either… I’ve also started only taking photos using the manual settings, not because I know what I’m doing, but because I’ve realised it is really the only way I’m going to learn. The upside is that I’ve found myself really thinking before I take a photo, The possible downside being that I’ll probably miss that shot of a lifetime when a buzzard swoops down on its prey because the camera isn’t set up correctly. If that ever happens the whole world will hear me sob.


    1. Yeah, you can’t move quickly in manual mode, that is the downside. As you say though, it is the only way to learn and it’s such a great skill. Good luck!

  12. I just love sunsets, you know how much I love to capture a pretty sky. This one has some gorgeous colours and looks a bit sepia in colour. Reminds me of that show at lunchtime when I was wee, sons and daughters I think.

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