Are Sunset & Sunrise Photos Cliché?

29Dec12

The term cliché is used to describe a phrase, expression, or idea that has been overused to the point of losing its intended force or novelty, especially when at some time it was considered distinctively forceful or unique. It is a somewhat common opinion that sunrise and sunset images are subject to this definition. And, while I agree that sunrise and sunset photos are certainly a mature subject and yes, even cliché, I just can’t resist them. Being present to witness their beauty is a spiritual experience each and every time. Just like snowflakes, no two are alike. The sunrise and sunset photos below were shot on my recent trip to Chincoteague, VA. I especially enjoyed the foggy mornings that limited the visibility and simplified the scenes creating a peaceful and abstract quality. Please forgive me if these images are cliché … I just couldn’t help myself! (Scroll down to see more posts about Chincoteague; ‘Wild Ponies & Other Creatures’ and ‘Chincoteague Trees’.)

'Snow Goose Pool Before Sunrise'  © Denise Bush

‘Snow Goose Pool Before Sunrise’ © Denise Bush
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'Beyond The Fog'  © Denise Bush

‘Beyond The Fog’ © Denise Bush
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'Zen Sunrise At Chincoteague'  © Denise Bush

‘Zen Sunrise At Chincoteague’ © Denise Bush
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'Snow Goose Pool Sunrise'  © Denise Bush

‘Snow Goose Pool Sunrise’ © Denise Bush

'Zen Sunset At Chincoteague'  © Denise Bush

‘Zen Sunset At Chincoteague’ © Denise Bush

'Chincoteague Island Sunset'  © Denise Bush

‘Chincoteague Island Sunset’ © Denise Bush

'Chincoteague Fishing Shack'  © Denise Bush

‘Chincoteague Fishing Shack’ © Denise Bush



14 Responses to “Are Sunset & Sunrise Photos Cliché?”

  1. Not cliché at all. Very beautiful.

  2. Denise, I think the cliché about sunrises/sunsets is that so many ho-hum ones are posted. If everyone posted beautiful–and different–ones like you did, people wouldn’t get tired of them. These are beautiful.🙂

  3. 3 Kathleen

    Ahhhhhhhh, just beautiful, so glad I was there to share in the beauty!!!!

  4. Love the soft quality of the comps and the light…. never cliche’ when done right.

  5. 5 denisebushphoto

    Thanks to all for visiting my blog and taking the time to check-in by leaving a comment.

  6. Well, one can call them ‘cliche’ , but i prefer the term “classic” when it comes to sunsets and sunrises… i enjoy such photography, no matter what😉

  7. Really beautiful images, Denise.

  8. Loved revisiting our trip. Made me think of stumbling along that trail by flashlight but boy, was it worth it. As I said to you that morning, Al Horner would have loved it. Great work, D!

  9. 9 denisebushphoto

    Thanks for leaving Comments Ruth, Ken & Ralph. Actually Ralph, I told Al that I had captured some ‘Horneresque’ images!

  10. Zen Sunrise, wow what an image.

  11. 11 Deb

    Awesome as always Denise. I love the fishing shack!

  12. Fiske Shack! Nice..

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  14. 14 davidcollinsfoto

    Like the ‘watercolour painting’ feel of the sunrise images. The Fishing Shack is so strong compositionally but also so evocative. A place to sit for the day and commune with nature.


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