Fiery Sunset at Cottesloe Beach

Sunset, Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia

Photo Details: Canon 5D Mk II + 17-40mm F4 L USM @ 35mm, 1 Second, f/14, ISO125

A few nights ago I witnessed one of the best sunsets I’ve seen for a long time.

Simon Beedle and I noticed some nice cloud in the sky a bit earlier in the afternoon so we headed towards Cottesloe Beach – taking an extremely long scenic route along the coast. We arrived at Cottesloe shortly before sunset. Initially we were unsure whether or not the sky was going to light up. There was some fairly thick cloud cover where the sky met the ocean. But, as the sun got closer to the horizon, the lower cloud burnt off and the sky turned a fiery red colour. Smoke from a nearby fire also caught the suns last light and helped us out a bit.

The light was gone as quick as it appeared, so I only got to fire off a couple of shots. It was extremely cold and windy so I tried to keep the exposure as short as possible, while still capturing a bit of motion in the water. I also had to underexpose the scene a bit to make sure I didn’t blow out the red channel.

Sunset, Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe Beach at Sunset

After watching the sky all day, hoping that the clouds would stick around for sunset, I made the decision to head to Cottesloe Beach to take a photograph I had been wanting to shoot for some time. When I arrived at Cottesloe, the clouds were looking great, and I knew that I was going to witness a brilliant sunset.

I climbed up a few rocks to get to this vantage point and watched the light show begin. The sun disappeared over the horizon and the sky slowly lit up a nice pink colour. I was surprised to find that there weren’t too many people down at the beach on such a nice night.

I can’t wait to see this one printed!

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