Sunset is not the end of the day, its the start of a new beginning

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This is a summer sunset photographed midway between Devon on London. Going back to Norwich from an exciting day trip to Eden Project in Cornwall, we followed M5 Motorway passing by beautiful landscapes of rolling hills and ploughed fields. Driving on a highway that follows the contour of the ground, we got an amazing view of the sun as it went down to its cradle. We didnt have the pleasure to stop where we wanted at the right moment when the sun was still visible in the horizon but the open fields provided a perfect opportunity for me to take photos in the car. I took hundreds of shots so I could have plenty of choices. Luckily, the sunset was on my left side and in the UK we drive on the left which means the driver is on right side of the car. Everything just fell into place.

How to capture good photos when you have a few seconds available

During my many trips, I have missed so many opportunities of a good shot because of two reasons. First, I see them as we get passed them and second, by the time I had the camera ready we had gone past it. If you are like me who only depend on the SLR camera because I cant afford a decent a camera phone, here are a couple of tips to keep in mind.

  • Get the camera ready all the time. (Good thing I have a driver, otherwise I wont be able to take photos)
  • Have at least 2 spare batteries. With your camera on all the time at the duration of the trip, you want to make sure you have enough battery life left when you get to your destination.
  • Adjust the setting according to the time of the day.
  • Be alert. More importantly, dont sleep so you wont miss any opportunity.

I have just made that stupid mistake of falling asleep while in the car during my trip to the Scottish Highlands. My eyelids were too heavy as if little fairies were swinging on them.

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When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.
Mahatma Gandhi

We did manage to stop but by that time the sun had completely gone out of sight but the rays were still casting a magical hue in the sky.

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Oh, about the title? Well, its just a title. Really! But if you insist then I may be forced to give my two cents worth – next time around.

2 comments add one

  • Lot

    I dont have any contentions with regard to the title of this particular article. I think its apt i do agree that the end is the start of a new beginning. Thank you for sharing these amazing views of the sun setting on the horizon. I love these kind of pictures. Somehow it conveys peace and tranquility and rest. I imagine myself looking out into the far distance and uttering grateful praises to the Creator of the whole vast universe and just bask in His love for humanity. Especially for me. ;-)
    So whats wrong with an SLR camera? It takes way much better pictures than the camera phone. The only disadvantage that I see in it is its bulky. I would really love to own one, as I also am interested in the art of photography but Im not prepared to carry it around in my travels. I prefer something more handy. :-D
    Keep up the good work Jems! You inspire me in ways you never know.

    • Jem

      Hi Te Lot,

      About the title, I heard that saying when I was in high school and it left a lasting impression in my mind. Its profound really, not just on biblical perspective but in philosophical as well.

      Thats what I love about photography because you get more involved and attached to your subject especially if its about nature, be it a landscape or a tiny little creature. They speak so much about the Creator.

      The problem with SLR is that it takes time to get it ready for shooting especially when you want to take fast fleeting scenes, i.e. scenes along the way.

      Thanks for your encouragement. It means so much to me and I am humbled! Big hugs!

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