A SUNSET IS A SUNSET IS A…NO WAY! EVERY SUNSET IS DIFFERENT!!

Southern California has experienced an unusual moisture pattern for the last 12 days.  It seems it has rained, drizzled, misted, or precipitated in some form for so many days some were wondering if they were in the UK!  There must be a reason for all this rain.  Me?  I just enjoy it even if I have to be out in it.  It’s great!!  But, I’m going to go out on a limb here to say, I think it’s nearly over.  Something tells me the rain has served its purpose and will be ending soon.

Over the weekend there was an ever so short break in this particular weather pattern right around sunset!  Seeing the break in the clouds, I didn’t waste an instant grabbing my camera and heading to the beach for some shots of what seemed to be shaping up as a great sunset.  Not that there’s any bad sunsets!  But lately, there hadn’t been any sunsets at all.

Parking the car, I nearly ran to the sand to get in position before the sun dipped too low to capture any color. 

This is what I saw that evening!  With Ruby’s Diner perched at the end, the Huntington beach Pier basks in the warmth of the sunset colors.

Now here’s an amusing tale.  While taking this shot, a rogue wave came ashore and nearly drenched me.  Luckily, I just noticed it in my peripheral vision with barely enough time to scoot out of its reach.  I was shooting these shots from the water’s edge.  Have you ever gotten so involved in your photography that you actually lost sight of what was happening around you?

Happens to me all the time!

This last shot includes a well-timed surfer heading out for some of the better waves which seem to always rise up in the early evening.

While photographing these sunsets, I nearly missed the full moon that had sneaked up behind me.  But, I did finally turn around and captured it.  Even though I didn’t have an opportunity to compose a good shot, I still posted it here.  It was one of those times when you just have to take what you get.

On my way back to the car, I decided to shoot some spontaneous night shots.  I’ll post those next time.

Thanks for stopping by!

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~ by photographyfree4all on October 25, 2010.

30 Responses to “A SUNSET IS A SUNSET IS A…NO WAY! EVERY SUNSET IS DIFFERENT!!”

  1. the lighting and colors in the first shot … fantastic.

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  2. I agree. The colors of the first shot are amazing. Very well captured!

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  3. Wow, beautiful sunsets! The first is my favourite, too, the composition is great with the silhouette of the pier and the bright fiery sky. I like the one with the surfer, too.
    Well done!

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  4. Wonderful light and colors. I love the one with the surfer. It looks as though the light and color moved to the sand by the surfer.

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  5. Thanks, John. I actually made it back down to the beach last night and shot a couple more sunset photos…completely different. I’, glad you stopped by!

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  6. It really interesting how the colors of a sunset change by the moment! Thanks for your take on this series of shots, Michael! I really appreciate your help in evaluating what I post! That’s exactly what I’m looking for!!

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  7. I love to shoot sunsets, Kai! In fact, I was back at the beach last night and shot another series of sunsets…they’re completely different. I’m glad you stopped by, Kai! I always look forward to what you have to say.

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  8. Thanks, Robin. When I saw the surfer come to the water, I thought…why not add him into the foreground? I tried to put him right in the reflection – which I did. But, his hand has kind of a “funky” look to it. Maybe I should have asked him if he would mind going back and walking past me again! LOL!!

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  9. These are beautiful. I especially love the colours of the last one and the gilded reflection on the beach. Lovely.

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  10. That last shot with the surfer in the foreground is exceptionally good.

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  11. The sunset shots are awesome. I catch some here in Florida also. I love your daily post and look forward to reading them. I can’t get into my wordpress to post because I changed the theme and it seems this new one doesn’t have my dropdowns so I can add new post. Go figure. I should have noticed that before I switched but I didn’t. I’m trying to figure out what to do. Have a blessed day and keep sending those post.
    God Bless.

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  12. Now I am the one who is so glad to have found YOUR blog! Your photography is spectacular. You are very talented!

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  13. Gwyn, thank you for such a kind comment! I really can’t imagine what has happened to your WP blog. But, that must be so discouraging! If I can think of anything that might help, I’ll let you know! Thanks for stopping by and adding to this post with your comment! I hope you’ll stop by again, soon.

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  14. Heather, I’m glad you stopped by and left this very nice comment! I was trying to capture the reflection with the sunset. I thought it was a great addition to the composition of the shot. I hope you’ll come back soon, Heather.

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  15. Thanks, Abe! I’m so glad you stopped by today. I thought the surfer was a lucky break. I would like to eventually have some surfers work with me to get a little better pose. But, when I only had one shot – I’m happy to take what I can get. I hope you’ll come back again.

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  16. You captured this evening and this sunset so fine in all 3 different shots, such an evening is pure gold for me too – like it clearly is for you! Gret work!

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  17. Thank you for this kind comment, Jane. I so glad you stopped by. I’m a sucker for a sunset! I hope you’ll stop by again, soon.

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  18. Lovely shots, all! So glad your camera didn’t get wet.

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  19. […] HUNTINGTON BEACH AT NIGHT As promised, while photographing a fantastic Huntington Beach sunset I decided to take a few impromptu shots while walking back to my car.  You can see those sunset shots here. […]

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  20. I love to watch the sunset, Truels! In fact I had gone to the beach for a run/walk, but ended up spending most of my time shooting. Thanks for stopping by!

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  21. Thank you, Ms. Pearl! LOL, you should have seen me high-stepping out of the way! It must have looked pretty funny. I’m glad you stopped by today!

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  22. Gorgeous photos! They make me miss the beach!

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  23. Thanks Barb! I moved from California once for about 8 years – missed the beach terribly! Here, I have the mountains and the beach – the desert and…what’s left to want? I don’t know! Thanks for stopping by, Barb!

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  24. Love the sunset pictures and I have to laugh because when we were in Maui this summer, I was doing much the same thing when my cell phone met its demise by a rogue wave. I used the same word to describe to my friends what had happened to my cell phone and they all laughed at me when I described it as “the rogue wave.” I wonder if it could have been the same rogue wave that nearly drenched you. Just glad that our rogue waves didn’t get the camera equipment.

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  25. I find that every minute of a sunset is different, as the light changes the atmosphere changes! Beautiful shots!

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  26. It was a “rogue wave” Catherine! I’ll back you up on that one! That’s what I was most concerned about – the camera. It didn’t really matter if it drenched me – I’ll dry off and be fine. Thanks for stopping by and sharing this comment.

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  27. I must agree with you on this one, Michael! It seems I can wait for an hour for the perfect lighting and coloring. Then in what seems to be an instant…it’s gone! I’m glad you stopped by and took the time to leave some comments today! I really do appreciate it.

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  28. Those are some great shots… I sure do have a thing for sunsets… and the colours are fantastic…

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  29. Thanks, FS! Sunsets are great. They always come with great anticipation! And, there’s something for everyone whether you’re a photographer or not! Glad to see you again!

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  30. Love the one with the surfer, very nice silhouette… Beautiful work 🙂

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