Tag Archives: Sunset

An Evening at the Palm Grove

I’m back from my annual trip to Molokai where this year we introduced our “Mindful Photography” workshop. Working with the great Flint Sparks was a joy. Having Dewitt Jones, Rikki Cooke and Jack Davis as very special guests made for a week great fun, learning and inspiration.

When we arrived at the “Palm Grove”, one of my favorite locations, this is what greeted us. Calm water, and a tone, and mood in the sky, that I was in love with. It felt very peaceful to me.

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And then, as we played with this light waiting for sunset, the sky went ablaze with color!

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And then of course we waited for the sun to go down and this happened, beautiful pastel pink.

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I remember hearing one participant in the workshop exclaim, “no one will believe me when I say this is exactly what it looked like tonight”.   Well, it really did look like this.  I adore this location!

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays to you all!  Thank you for following my blog.

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One more from Cape May

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Today’s image was from the night before the last two posts. A few of us went to “sunset cove” to see what we might find. A club member was kind enough to put me up at her home which was about 3 blocks from the cove. I went with no expectations, especially after a long day and drive down to Cape May. I was going, hoping to be taken by something. As we approached the cove, this scene called to me. What caught my attention was the way the mist was creating separation and layers. Then I saw the silhouetted umbrella and people. I set up and waited until the people got into positions that would make for a nice composition.

I am shooting directly into the sun and was pleasantly surprised at the lack of flare on my new Fuji 100-400 lens. What a great lens for this type of scene. I really am enjoying this much reach. I’ve never had this much focal length with any system I’ve owned.

I am adding a second version below and am curious which you like better and why. Again, by clicking on the images, you will be able to view them MUCH bigger.

We just had a cancellation for our previously sold out Smoky Mountain Fall Foliage workshop in October.  Email if you’re interested.

 

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Cape May Point – Turn Around

There is more to the Cape May Point story I shared in my last post. It is uncommon for me to shoot directly into a sunset. I am usually drawn more to what I refer to as the backside sunset.  Essentially looking 180 degrees from the sun. I love the softer more pastel painterly tones usually found in this direction. On this night I was not disappointed! Once again, after recovering from having my breath taken away, I made about three compositions of what I saw and felt. Isn’t it wonderful how different the colors are in the very same sky at one time! My head was on a swivel looking back and forth as I exclaimed out loud, can you believe this?!?!

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Cape May Point

On Monday, I gave a lecture and then did an image processing seminar for The Photography Club of Cape May. What a wonderful group.Thank you for the warm welcome.  After the presentations, ten of us went to dinner together. While we ate, a huge storm moved in dumping buckets of rain. As we exited the restaurant it was raining lightly, but, when we looked to the west, we saw the sky brightening. My head said, I have a two plus hour drive home, I should head home, but, my heart said, I must go, it looks so promising! I followed my heart. Three of us raced to Cape May Point to see what we might catch. Off to the south east, the the sky was pitch black, filled with visible strikes of lightning. However, off to the west there was an opening at the horizon. As the sun sank below it, the sky lit up casting an orange glow on the faces of those partaking of this magical moment. After I caught my breath, I managed to pull out a Sing-Ray 5 stop filter and get this long exposure image as a memory of the special experience. It is after all about the experience right? The images are just icing on the cake. Please click on the image to make it bigger to see the details. If you like long exposure images, I highly recommend the Singh-Ray Mor Slo series of neutral density filters. Use the code Barclay10 for a 10% discount when you order.

 

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Serenity

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We all have challenges in our life and need something to remind us that all will be okay. Today I share an image made in Cape May a few years ago that gave me a moment of serenity and peace in my current challenge. How grateful I am for the community of photographers I am part of who support me. Thank you!

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Lake Reflection

I think this is Beacon Point. We were hoping for a display of color, but that never happened. 

When I first saw my images from this stop, I didn’t select a single one. Then on a third or fourth pass, I started working on this one. I’m amazed once again with the power of the RAW processing in Lightroom. This was processed from one image. Shot at 10mm with my Fuji 10-24 on the X-T1.

 

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End of the first day – New Zealand

To finish off the first day photographing with our group in New Zealand,we get this! (Remember to click on the images to make them much bigger!)

Below you’ll find another from this same location taken earlier and converted to B&W.

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Sunset at Coconut Grove

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First, thank you to all who attended my Topaz Webinar yesterday. For those who would like to try the new Topaz Glow you can save $20 by using the code BARCLAYGLOW at checkout. To save 25% on any other Topaz software, use the code BARCLAYWEB14 at checkout. This includes those who already own one or more of the individual plug-in’s and want to upgrade to the entire bundle. A great Christmas gift!

The blog image today, is from the beach at coconut grove on the island of Molokai. As is often the case, when we arrived at the palm grove, (which is right in front of this beach) the conditions were not optimal. When I made my way to the beach, I quickly ran back to let the group know the water was still and encouraged them to explore there. The water is very shallow, making it easy and fun to walk out in it. Some decided to head home when it looked like there would not be color in the sunset sky. As is often the case, about 20 minutes after the sun set, a band of pink began to appear in the western sky. I ran for the boat scene and started doing a happy dance! I’d have done the hula, but I had not learned that yet! Needless to say, this is one of my favorite images from the Hawaii trip.

 

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Finally, the sun sets!

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This image was made shortly after the previous post. From the metadata, it looks to be shortly after the sun had finally set.  As you can see, the sky was ablaze with some yummy color.  Again, I looked for a unique rock to have as a foreground to place with the dramatic sky.   For the processing of this image I had shot two frames, one for the sky and one for the foreground.  Using some tools in Photoshop I was able to blend the two exposures to make something close to what I remember seeing that night.  Whereas the previous post was shooting what I refer to as the backside sunset, this time I’m shooting towards the ocean into the sun.

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Forever Color

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It was amazing to see this pink sunset sky stay pink for 2 hours!!  I kept thinking I would need to run and get my shot, but no, the magical light kept going and going.  In fact the sun set about 12:30AM and when it came back up again around 2:30AM the color was still going strong as you’ll see in my next blog post.  Finding a foreground was a bit of a challenge for this image, but after running around I finally found this odd shaped rock which seemed to balance the hill in the back quite nicely.

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