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.
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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