Evolution Of A Sunset


As the sun lowered itself past the horizon a peaceful calm came over the bay. I could hear the sea birds and waterfowl calling to one another while settling in for the night. The sun painted the sky with a beautiful pastel gradient of color that deepened with every second. I used my 6-stop neutral density filter to lengthen the exposures and capture the passing of time. At the end of the light show the sky glowed with a brilliant warm red that made the scene seem surreal before passing into the night.

Sunset On The Bay I

‘Sunset On The Bay I’ © Denise Bush
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Sunset On The Bay II

‘Sunset On The Bay II’ © Denise Bush

Sunset On The Bay III

‘Sunset On The Bay III’ © Denise Bush

Sunset On The Bay IV

‘Sunset On The Bay IV’ © Denise Bush

53 Responses to “Evolution Of A Sunset”

  1. Nice series – my favorite is #3 – the camera turned 90° works for the poles and water.

  2. Just beautiful…

  3. I love that fact that they are more beautiful abstracts than they are beautiful sunsets.

    • Thanks Rich. That was what I was going for! I actually think that the simple sunset (without any cloud patterns) probably worked best with the posts, to keep it from looking too busy.

      • I absolutely agree. If it was cloudy you probably would have done something totally different.

  4. 8 Shirley O'Neill

    Denise I always love your photography!

  5. Yours pictures are lovely.
    Thank you!

  6. 12 Russ Hunt

    Beautiful, Denise.

  7. 14 Bob D

    Another sunset? Only if their unconventional and a little unusual such as these. That being said # 3 got me, dreamy, surreal, slightly narcotic; great opening shot for the second installment of “True Detective” with maybe some acoustic Delta blues guitar and a gruesome object in the water.

  8. Wonderful pictures. Personally, I never tire of sunsets, in person or in photographs. To me, they’re the most beautiful visual phenomena in the world.

  9. Reblogged this on Whereof One Can Speak and commented:
    According to Wikipedia, “Barnegat Bay is a small brackish arm of the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 30 miles long, along the coast of Ocean County, New Jersey”. That doesn’t sound very inviting, but a talented photographer can make of it something like this.

    • Thank you so very much for reblogging my post. I hope your followers like it!

      • My blog’s followers are a strange, twisted bunch so it’s hard to say what they’ll appreciate, but I should point out that it wasn’t the New Jersey reference that sounded uninviting to me (being a longtime resident), it was the “small brackish arm”….

  10. Your pictures are great!

  11. I’m a sucker for sunsets. #3 was the sweet spot of the sunset no doubt; really like this one. But I also like the sliver of reflected orange in the distant shoreline in #4. I’m thinking cropping the foreground (a good third of the image) of that one to make it more pano would draw attention to that reflection. I very much like the contrast of close and distant posts in that one too.

    • Seems like everyone likes sunsets except for the people that call them cliche´! In the last I think I didn’t want to crop the poles but the shadows there are just as dark so it probably doesn’t matter. Where the horizon falls might be a concern.

  12. Beautiful. Amazing what started out to be a ho-hum sunset developed into this stunning palette. Happy we shared the evening.

  13. Beautiful, simply beautiful!

  14. These images are all the more reason why we should try to see all the sunrises that we can. Beautiful.

  15. A series of very beautiful sunset photos!

  16. Uffff…. Una Serie Impresionante, Me Encantan, Muy Buenas… Un Saludo.

    • Translation: Uffff… An awesome series, I love them, very good… A greeting.

      Thank you so very much! Translación: Muchas gracias a todos!

  17. A beautiful series! Expert captures of a gorgeous minimalist scene bathed in quickly evolving, vibrant light.

  18. Loved your blog. 🙂

  19. Beautifully captured. NICE!!! (((HUGS))) Amy

  20. 43 eloisewrite

    Wow. Number three, absolutely stunning. That is art.

  21. I am a point and click person. 😦 Somebody (husband) is always telling me to hurry up and take the picture. I delete half or more of what I take. But I do enjoy looking at beautiful pictures. I like the goals/purpose of your blog as stated in your ABOUT. 🙂

  22. Wow wow wow – so very gorgeous!

  23. Beautiful series of sunset photos!

  24. Gorgeous captures! The tones are amazing and the composition is perfect. Minimal abstract is the first thing that came to mind .

  25. These are all so beautiful!

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