What to Put with the Color?
Who hasn’t seen a sunrise or sunset, grabbed a camera and gone rushing towards it? You don’t need to be a photographer to have the flaming orange ball in the sky wrapped in color to stop you cold in your tracks. With our audience of ur images already having a personal reference to great sunrises and sunsets, our photos at the very least have to match that perception of grander. If you remove all elements from the photo but the red-orange color, what do you have? Just color, no story nor emotion. So this means the foreground is really important, perhaps more important than the sunset itself.
Here are two photos of the same subject, just including more or less of it. “Hit or Miss” is a great subject by itself but when you have those skies, the old girl comes to life. But with that color, what do you include or not include to tell the story? Is there a right or wrong answer? I personally don’t think so. I think that simply there might be a better or worse answer. Now which image here do I think is the better of the two? Knowing all the angles I took, I like these two the best and I do have one favorite. Which, well you’ll have to make that call for yourself. Especially your next sunset when you decide what to put with that color.