Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sweet Sunset - SkyWatch Friday

After a day full of clouds the sky started to clear up so I headed to the lake. I had been driving around the lake a couple days ago looking for some shoreline that looked interesting and I happened to find about 200 feet of shore that is very interesting. Big sandstone slabs have fallen from the cliffs around the lake to make for beautiful shorelines. I usually shoot from the other side of the lake where the entire shore is just sand and pebbles. There is no doubt I will be spending much more time on this side of the lake for future sunsets. Many more interesting compositions are available that I have yet to take advantage of.

The cold is back to Indiana but I will be leaving for Florida tomorrow. If I have time I will post some bird photos while I am there, if not I will catch up with everybody in a week.

The warm light hitting the rock only lasted for about 5 minutes. I used a 3 stop Grad ND filter to balance the sky and foreground and a 3 stop ND filter to allow for a long exposure.

This was taken just after the sun had dropped below the horizon. I used a 3 stop Grad ND filter on this one.

Check out more great SkyWatch Friday posts here.

28 comments:

Gill - That British Woman said...

I love the second shot the best.

Gill in Canada

Carver said...

These are such beautiful shots. I hope you enjoy your trip to FL.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I don't think I could EVER see too many sunsets over water. These two are wonderful. ;-) Hey, who neeeds Florida when they skies are this beautiful in Indiana? (Only kidding...tee hee...I know you're going for the warmer temperature.)

Photo Cache said...

the first photo is simply glorious, i love how the light hits that rock.

Maalie said...

Some interesting eology there!

Mary said...

wonderful shots! Love that sunset. :)

SandyCarlson said...

The sun leaves quite a lovely calling card where you are!

Modesto Viegas said...

Good work!!!
Regards

Robin said...

That first shot is incredibly beautiful. I was about to ask you about filters, too, when I saw that you'd already (and very helpfully) posted the information.

kjpweb said...

Excellent seascapes!
You're coming my way?
Drop me a line - maybe I can point you to some hotspots!
Cheers, Klaus

gerrit said...

Very beautifull pictures of the sunset!

Diane C. said...

Beautiful big sandstone slabs on the shore and rich sunset colors. Great shots!

P-TER said...

Great shots ! ! !
Both photo' s be perfectly
Gr.
P-TER

Bradley Myers said...

Good photos and good luck in Florida, you should find plenty to photograph.

PJ said...

So this is what nutty birders do in their free time? The filter work is compelling considering the fact that you were changing filters so often. The sunset is just spectacular. Happy SWF!

Rose said...

These are beautiful! Love the range of colors.

Kerri said...

Oh, I LOVE them both! These are lovely!!
Have Fun in Florida!!

mononeil said...

Lovely light on the rocks. Nice one.

VALKYRIEN said...

Wonderful shots! Give me a feeling of peace. Must be a wonderful place to spend the evening, watching the sunset.

Powell River Books said...

The sunlight on the sandstone in the first shot makes it look so warm, but I'm sure it wasn't. I invite you to come see my March snow shots from Powell Lake, BC. - Margy

NovaS said...

lovely picture... thanks for sharing

T and S said...

The 2nd image is so cool. The colors are vibrant.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

As usual,you have awesome photos!
Love coming toyour blog to see them.thanks for sharing.

nessabates said...

Oh very beautiful!

Margaret's Ramblings said...

It is extrodinary what a difference light makes. Lovely photos

Margaret

Janie said...

Beautiful light above and colors below. Great shots!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Wow, these are absolutely beautiful. I love the colors in the 2nd shot but it's the first one that calls me and makes me wish I was standing there.

Blue Eyed Tango said...

Gorgeous! Great job!