Now that the sun has set, so to speak, on 2021, I thought it would be fitting to look back on some of the sunsets I was fortunate enough to capture with my camera during the year. Not surprisingly, they were all shot from the eastern shore of (North) Sand Lake in Wisconsin where our cabin is located.
Muted Light at Sunset, (North) Sand Lake Wisconsin
The first one presented here was captured early in the year, at the beginning of May. The muted colors were Nature’s way of starting spring off quietly, not giving away too much of what was to come in the summer.
The Heavens in Motion, (North) Sand Lake Wisconsin
This second sunset was taken in early May as well, with a long exposure whch reduced the surface of the lake to a reflecting mirror for westward moving clouds.
Approachng Nightfall, (North) Sand Lake Wisconsin
The third in this series of sunsets was taken a few days after the crowed, hectic and noisy Fourth of July. Here I used a slow shutter speed and intentional camera movement (ICM) to show the lake at a quieter time just as the sunset was giving way to the approaching night.
November Calm, (North) Sand Lake Wisconsin
November Fire, (North) Sand Lake Wisconsin
These last two sunsets were captured much later, when summer was long past and autumn well establish in early November. Though it may not seem possible, both of these images ware taken during the same sunset a little over of fifteen minutes apart. Some of the difference in the two exposures was due to the position of the sun – it has acutally dipped below the horizon in the second shot illuminating the clouds with its red glow. There was also a huge difference in eposure times, half a minute in the first and almost four minutes for the second.