The evening after my sunrise photos, there was a nice sunset on the opposite side of the island over the West Bay. It is not nearly as easy to find access to the bay for shooting photos as there is a lot of private property on the bay side of the island. But my daughter and I managed to find a place where we could park and walk down by the shore.
My main goals were to find a foreground and try to shoot around the refineries on the distant shore. there were a couple of trees at the shore that I thought would make nice silhouettes so I tried to frame those in against the sky.
The above image is an HDR merge shot at about 30mm focal length. Just to the right of the frame is a very dark heavy cloud bank and I was concerned about a storm approaching, but it blew away and we got no rain. There are some large boulders in the lower right of the frame that I suppose are part of the coastal erosion prevention plan. There were some ugly water pipes in the center of the foreground that went away in post processing.
I moved my camera to center the sidewalk more and the clouds began to turn almost red before fading to gray. I thought about moving up and mainly capturing the reflected color in the bay, but I really wanted a good foreground so I stayed behind the trees.
The above image is an HDR merge shot at about 16mm focal length and as you can see this tends to make the trees lean toward the center of the frame. I again removed the ugly water pipes when processing as well as a refinery flare stack on the distant horizon.
The silhouetted palm trees and the bay really give the image the island feel I was going for. You can just imagine the warm breeze in your hair as you slap mosquitoes and admire the sunset.
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