For the past two evenings I searched in vain for a sunset. Last night when I went back to Barker Meadow Reservoir, I didn’t even find any clouds in the sky.
But for half an hour this evening I found one of the most beautiful sunsets ever.
I am taking more pictures of fewer scenes. Using a tripod means carefully considering the scene and then testing different camera settings, like aperture, focal length, and whether to use a polarizer or not. At the suggestion of Doug Goodin, a professional photographer who is mentoring me, I also made every shot in both RAW and JPG formats to see what sharpness and saturation settings that my editing program, Aperture, saw in each format. This evening made 159 exposures of just three scenes.
As I started hiking the Coal Creek Trail from the Aquarius Trailhead in the Louisville suburb of Boulder, the sky was cloudy. But the view over Louisville from a high point on the trail to the Rocky Mountains attracted me, and I stopped to shoot it.
I was pretty sure then that a sunset was coming. So I made a mental note that it would be a great place to be at sunset a couple of hours later.
The weather was perfect as I hiked west for a several miles along this eight-mile trail. The temperature reached 70 degrees here earlier this afternoon, and for the first time this month I hiked comfortably without a jacket or gloves.
By 4 p.m. I knew that I needed to turn around to get back to that high point on the trail for whatever sunset scenes awaited me. But then the sun came out from behind the clouds for a few moments so first I had to shoot this old red barn just south of the trail.
Lady luck was with me today. I was in the right place at the right time. So too was this house.
The mountains too were it the right place. Or maybe I was.