I love sunsets. That’s not very original, I know. I mean does anybody actually dislike sunsets? What’s not to like? Sunsets are pretty much a universal crowd-pleaser.
That said, I certainly think there is a continuum of sunset appreciation. True sunset lovers view watching the sun go down as an activity unto itself. They seek out the proper place (facing as due west as possible, few obstructions to the horizon) and time. Then there’s the question of whether you want to watch the sunset solo, as a romantic activity or with the happy hour crowd at Barba Roja in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica (pictured left). What’s more, sunsets don’t care if you’ve blown your budget on the most exclusive luxury accommodations or if you’re one of the masses on cheap holidays.
Since all of the planning in the world won’t help if the weather doesn’t cooperate and an errant cloud or unexpected haze ruins the sunset, it’s good to have a drink in your hand to mitigate the potential disappointment.
I have witnessed countless spectacular sunsets without my camera. Or even worse I have had my camera with me but the photos completely failed to capture the majesty of the sunset. Here are some of my favorite sunsets that I’ve succeeded in photographing.
Where have you seen some of your best sunsets? Do you think it’s better to try to photograph them or simply savor the moment?