Photography: Into sunset


Last week Mother Nature spoiled us with beautiful clear blue skies during the day, which gave the best colorful sunsets in the late evening. One of these evenings I met up with a friend of mine to test his new Canon 70-300 mm telezoom lens and to see how it would preform next to my 55-300. We choose a spot on the bikers bridge going over the Canal in Turnhout, Belgium to set up our gear. Because sunsets are low-light situations I figured it would be best to bring my tripod along, to assure stable and clear images. My friend was not that thoughtful, the genius, so in the end I used the bridge railing as support and he picked up my tripod. Then to think the boy had spend quite some euros on a new tripod just a few days earlier. I’ll never understand him, haha. We were on the bridge from golden hour (aprox. 9 PM) until utter darkness and had a lot of fun experimenting with our manual settings, changing them every ten minutes as the sun had sunken a little further away each time period. The first photograph was taken right after the golden glows over the meadows had faded and the sun was coloring the whole sky in the most fantastic orange-yellow hues. It kind of reminds me of The Lion King is some way… . The second picture with the purple skies is one of the last I made that day, right before all the light disappeared.  There was a construction site in the way, and I kind of like how that ugly metal crane looks in front of the setting sun.


What happens if two youngsters head up to a popular bike trail and bust out some cameras? Right, people stop and ask questions. We’ve spend around one and a half hour up on the bridge before the sun had completely sunken into the landscape, but I only managed to get around 25 images. I’m a bit of a social bug, so I love it when people want to connect over things we’re doing or the place we’re at. There was a man with a dog, my art class teacher from High School, a young couple, … . Overall, I had a great time shooting and it was only my first photography meeting, but I already know that there will be many more in the future!


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  1. 1 August 2013 / 12:28

    They are beautiful photos, especially that last one! Sunsets are such lovely things to see. I'm sure sunrises are too, but I'm rarely up early enough to watch them, haha! 🙂

    Hope you do have more photography meetings, I look forward to seeing more of your photos 🙂

    Away From Blue

  2. 1 August 2013 / 15:10

    Wauw, echt prachtige foto's!
    Ik kan er ook van genieten om eens gewoon te gaan fotograferen 🙂

  3. 1 August 2013 / 16:52

    Love the photo with the crane 🙂

  4. 1 August 2013 / 21:37

    ohhh ik hou daar ook zo hard van om zonsondergangen te fotograferen! supermooie foto's nikki! xo

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  6. 1 August 2013 / 23:42

    the photos are amazing! I always love photographing the sunset ♥

  7. 2 August 2013 / 13:45

    There are unreal! You have a gift 🙂


  8. 2 August 2013 / 23:21

    Ha- Definitely like the Lion King!

  9. 3 August 2013 / 00:32

    Stunning photos!!! I love love love all the colours in these.

  10. 3 August 2013 / 04:30

    Stunning photos. I just love pictures of sunsets, they always turn out beautifully

  11. 3 August 2013 / 19:18

    These photos are incredible! I'm a huge sucker for sunsets- practically every other day I shoot some film around 8 PM when the sun goes down!

    Xo, Hannah

  12. 3 August 2013 / 21:22

    Echt mooie foto's en zalig dat er zoveel mensen stopten onderweg 🙂 en soms is té veel foto's ook niet goed 😀

  13. 4 August 2013 / 03:14

    i can't believe the sun was setting as late as 9PM, it's never that late here even in the middle of summer. anyway, beautiful photos! 🙂

    little henry lee

  14. 5 August 2013 / 17:48

    incredibly beautiful and almost has this edible quality…like i wanna turn this into a tasty sauce to top my next scoop of ice cream with 🙂 tripods make all the difference, right?! the pics turned out fantastic! photographic walks & talks are one of our faved things to do. you're right, it does promote chatting with others along the way, so fun! ♥

  15. 5 August 2013 / 21:19

    Great photos :)xo

  16. 6 August 2013 / 12:01

    Prachtige foto's!

  17. 6 August 2013 / 14:12

    I love these photos! Have you put anymore thought into branching out into a photography blog?

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