Skylights

Sunsets are sometimes a challenge. First off, it helps if you kind of have an instinct about when you think it’s going to be a good one.  But when you do think you’ve got one of those amazing Arizona evening skies headed your way, the next bit of fun is trying to decide just where you’re going to setup. Obviously you can plan ahead and select a few locations you may have found in the past, but I enjoy just heading out and finding something on the fly.

The problem is…when you get that epic sunset…you really only have one shot at it. There is an apex to every sunset, a moment where it’s the best it’s going to be, and you can only hope you are in the spot you want to be.

On this night, I was lucky enough to have a few options within 40 feet of each other that allowed two totally different framings. The first I posted about a month ago, which had train tracks and graffiti. But as I sat there knowing I had just hit the pinnacle of this sunset, I looked around for something, some other point of interest. It really didn’t take more than 2.5 seconds to realize this old train platform roof would look even more amazing if I was right under it.

One of the tiny details I like about this shot are the bits of broken glass speckled all over the platform…more than likely from a homeless person at some point, but they add an interesting element to the shot.

And the roof itself…kind of like a bunch of skylights, allowing the colors to be seen directly overhead. Just beautiful.

I still would like to go back to this place sometime and explore just a little more…it was wide open to the public, no fences, nothing…just right there off the side of the road.

(Exif: Canon Rebel XSi, Tamron 17-35mm F2.8, F8, ISO 100)

  • http://www.behindmyeyes.me Jim Denham

    Great lines Mike. The sunset was awesome!

  • http://www.chriskenison.com Chris Kenison

    That sunset is really awesome. The roof does a good job leading the eye to it too! I like that glass under it as well! Nice shot, Mike!

  • http://www.baberafzal.com Baber Afzal

    Nice Perspective and a Great Shot Mike! =)

  • http://dudewithcamera.com Jesse

    Its really unfair how many awesome sunsets you get in AZ, Im jealous.

  • http://www.nychdr.com Tim Gibson

    Ah I need to get out there for those sunsets, sick.

  • http://www.lightasmagic.com Justin

    Those AZ sunsets. Makes me want to move.

  • http://www.heathercaptured.wordpress.com Heather

    Beautiful sunset! Here in Colorado our sunsets rock because the mountains are in the west there’s never a bad one! I prefer it when it’s cloudy though!

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Great lines, even better sunset! The light off the glass does sparkle nicely in the frame…

  • http://Richwilliamsphotography.com Rich Williams

    Amazing colors.

  • http://www.stevebeal.com Steve Beal

    I love the way this shot is composed. You are the sky whisperer :)!

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