Sky Gazing

THE PROBLEM with many a sunset picture is that people get so caught up in the color that they forget to make it a good picture. Think foreground elements! For sunsets over water, these can be rocks Jetties, piers, boats, tidal pools or even just an upsplash of a wave. Over land, look for rock formations, clumps of vegetation, small structures. Take the sunset from a porch, or with a clothesline in silhouette. Most important, look for an arrangement that produces leading lines or triangles. Switch your camera to spotmeter, meter the area of the sky you want as a rnidtone, and lock the exposure. And keep shooting—look for the sun to peek out from behind clouds, or as it just barely dips under the horizon.

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