Several years ago, after we moved from Texas back to New York, my daughter and I made the trip by car in order to complete the move. As we traveled further north and east, I noticed that not only were there more trees, they got taller and darker green. As much as I loved living in Texas, having cool green forests in the summertime was a welcome change. But… living in a house that’s surrounded by all these lovely tall trees means that I have to leave the house and travel a little way to check the skies for a colorful sunset. (Granted, “travel” means going to the end of a long driveway to look, but that takes some amount of effort anyway.)
So from time to time over this past year, I have had the thought, “this is a beautiful evening! I should take a sunset photo!” And I’ve followed all the advice: I’ve scouted the location, brought the tripod, set up the camera with a low ISO and long exposure, and have been rewarded with very nice pictures of very dull sunsets.
I’ve looked all over online to try to find out what makes good conditions for colorful sunsets. I’ve been sure to include a smattering of clouds. I’ve read that having some pollution helps, but I guess I’m happy enough that that doesn’t enter into the local recipe. There must be some other missing ingredient? I have managed to get some golden light on relatively close subjects. I’ve also managed to see beautiful multi-colored sunsets when I was either unprepared or in a less-than-ideal location. I’m just hoping someone can fill me in on the right conditions, so that I can have my camera ready. Suggestions appreciated!