Appreciating Sunsets

Appreciating Sunsets - Honolulu, Hawaii

On the infrequent occasion that I shoot sunsets, I like to include more than just the setting sun. I like to give context with a foreground activity, or attempt a graphic composition with silhouettes. On an island vacation in Hawaii, it seems like the thing to do.

What I really need to do, however, is to slow down. I’m pretty good about not working on vacations, but I have an intensity to my photography, which may appear frenetic to some. I’m constantly trying to capture compositions that bombard me.

It wasn’t until I was back home that I realized, how many people lined the beaches to appreciate the sunset. People everywhere, taking the time to appreciate — in the foreground, but also the people, like tiny dots, on the horizon. You can see them too, if you click on the photo for a larger version.

Shot at a 70mm equivalent with the Panasonic ZS50. A reminder to slow down and appreciate the simple things. Part of my Photo Sketchbook Collection.

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