It’s not common for me to be able to take shots when the sun sets. Actually, it’s more common to me that I’m driving at the time delivering or going to a meeting. It’s also rare for me to find a good spot to get a shot like this because I do live in the city, not on a building but in a subdivision, so having a nice view of the sky is not something I see on a regular basis.
While me and my wife were in Silang to prepare for another delivery, we had some little downtime. The sun was about to set and I had the time to take some pictures before we left.
I set my camera using the 35-72mm lens, since it’s my widest angle for the Pentax K100D Super. I didn’t bring the Fujifilm HS25EXR because my focus on this shot was about getting the detail.
I walked around the area and found a construction area, where it’s not blocked off, the place was actually pretty flat and clear. Nothing is interesting to place in the foreground, but I do see the sky with the clouds coming in. Sun was about to set. I think I waited around 30 minutes, possibly more. During that time, I practiced shooting for the moment. I even tried doing time lapse, but I had to take those shots manually. I’m not sure if my camera has that kind of function. I also did a panoramic shot that I had to edit through software to get it right. Even though my HS25EXR can do a panoramic shot, I don’t like it’s output since it reduces the overall size of the image.
Once I reviewed the shots, I did have to clean it up a bit. My camera doesn’t have the cleanest sensor, and it shows when I use the smallest aperture setting.
I do like how the images turned out. Overall, I think this is one of the best sunset’s I’ve done, in a technical standpoint since I had time to prepare. Compared to the shots I did a the highway, I know that one had better composition overall and the rays of the sun stands out, but when I was taking the shot, I was in a rush. I had very little time to actually compose and plan the shot. Because if that, I know I can do better. Practice makes perfect.