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TRUCK sunset

Truck with a sunset as the backdrop

The weather isn’t ideal for photography just lately, we have had a lot of rain. Yesterday was no exception, but the sky cleared a little to give a bright sunset. Most people take sunset pictures and they all tend to be similar.

I always think a sunset should be the backdrop to a photograph, not the subject itself. I tried a few shots but the sun was really bright and I first tried getting a reflection on a canal, without much success.


The camera adjusted for the light in this shot and we can’t see the sunset, but the flash triggered and we have an interesting effect with the tree in the foreground.


My car was in the opposite direction and was reflecting the sunset on it’s windows! Shooting from canal bridges often gives you good reflections on the water, but not this time.  Shooting west was just too bright into the sun.


The direction of the truck was south and I took the shot sitting in my car with makes it look larger and I got a good angle on those clouds. You can see the sun was very bright in the distance, but shooting south I have enough light to see the truck and the red light gave me a burning sky. When you are trying to get a subject in the foreground with a sunset as the backdrop, the subject isn’t reflecting enough light. If the subject is a silhouette, that can make a good picture. With this truck, I simply got into a position where it was reflecting just enough light so I captured the red sky and the light reflected by the truck. The red sky reflected down also gives the road a red tint, making it a more atmospheric shot.

I’ll finish with some past attempts to capture sunsets. Click one to bring up the carousel


2 Responses

  1. Hi Mike, Wow, you just solve my challenge of why my sunset photos look well, lame. I am fortunate enough to live in an area that has stunning sunsets but I can never seem to capture them in photos.

    I never thought about trying to use the sunset as a background for my photo. That would make a big difference as you illustrated here.

    When I drive my girls home from school, I head west and witness beautiful sunsets. We pass a farm with a pond that reflects the sunsets and could make an amazing photo. The problem is that the farm is on a busy road and I can’t pull over to take a photo.

    What I should do is as I’m headed there is to turn onto a neighboring road and park when I see a pretty sunset, then walk over to the farm. I’ll send you the photo when I do!

    I love the sunset in the truck photo but my favourite photo this week is the one where the sunset is reflected in your car window. How artistic! I never would have thought of that!


    August 28, 2015 at 14:43

    • Hi Carolyn,

      You’ll get a much better sunset using the farm as a subject and the sunset as background. Even a tractor or other farm machinery. I have a glove puppet in my car and we used that as a silhouetted subject one day! I like the more subtle colours when I photograph a sunset. I liked the electricity pylon reflected on the canal too.

      Glad to see you’re back, I hope the trip to Alaska was good. 🙂

      August 28, 2015 at 15:06

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