A Rally's Hamburger restaurant outside Jackson Mississippi. Along with sister company Checkers, Rally's forms the largest double drive-through restaurant chain in the USA.
Mississippi – Photo Tip

When it comes to photography, it ain't over 'til it's over!

Photo by Jurjen Drenth

Mississippi – Photo Tip When it comes to photography, it ain't over 'til it's over!

One afternoon, while I was in Jackson, Mississippi, as I saw the sun setting and the sky changing color, I realized I was in for a spectacular treat.

Jurjen Drenth
Jurjen Drenth Travel Photographer

One common misconception of photographing a sunset is that the best part is over as soon as the sun goes down. However, to quote famous baseball player Yogi Berra: “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over!”

The evening skies form the best part of the experience. At twilight, the world becomes quiet for a short period and everything seems to become translucent.

To take a successful photo in this setting, it is important to balance the light of the evening sky against the other available light. Every evening, there is a short window in which a equilibrium manifests itself, as the competing lights battle for dominance.

When the sky was turning red, I knew I had to act quickly. I started looking for a situation in the foreground that was artificially lit. The Art Deco Rally’s restaurant with a shiny red car parked in front of it was just perfect.

I set up my tripod, took a few shots and was very pleased with the result. Slowly, the artificial light knocked the evening sky back. I had a chance to squeeze out one more photo so I quickly assembled my gear and started running down the sidewalk looking for another scene.

A few blocks down the road, I found one – a Krystal fast food restaurant. Barely ten minutes later, the skies had turned black. The battle was over.

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A Krystal's restaurant in Mississippi. The restaurant chain has been a fixture of American life since the 1930s, offering cheap mini-burgers called Krystals. Famous Krystal consists of a very thin patty of beef, diced onions, mustard and a Dill pickle – all on a square bun. Photo by Jurjen Drenth

Jurjen Drenth

Jurjen Drenth

Minolta dynax 9 pro

Aperture
ƒ/5.6
Exposure
1/2
ISO
100
Focal
17 mm

A Krystal's restaurant in Mississippi. The restaurant chain has been a fixture of American life since the 1930s, offering cheap mini-burgers called Krystals. Famous Krystal consists of a very thin patty of beef, diced onions, mustard and a Dill pickle – all on a square bun.

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