Sunsets are something I actively lookout for when travelling. Without realising it I booked accommodation on the west coast of Rarotonga. For the first three days of my time in the Cook Islands the weather, although warm was very cloudy. Obviously the sun did set but it just slowly went dark rather than a picturesque sunset I was looking forward. Fortunately on my last day the weather was perfect and although a little cloudy on the horizon the sunset was perfect. The above photograph was taken about five or ten minutes after the sun had disappeared below the horizon.
Dusk or twilight photograph often results in an unexpected sunset photograph. Whenever I plan out a photo shoot at this time I aim to arrive when it is still light. Recently, it Hinemoa Park near Birkenhead on the North Shore of Auckland this is exactly what happened. After checking out where I was going to capture my skyline photograph from I went back to the car to wait for the light to drop and noticed this sunset. On the opposite side of this small bay is the Chelsea Sugar Refinery which was established in 1884 and remains New Zealand’s main source of sugar products.
Staying in a lovely modern house on the east side of Tekapo with my parents was one of the highlights of our holiday in the south island. Sat outside drinking beers and looking across the lake. Sadly, the sunset was (obviously) in the west and not behind the lake. Still, it was certainly one of the reddest sunsets I have ever seen and the best in the last few months. This photograph has had no colour processing. A couple of hours later and the clear sky filled with stars. Tekapo is one of the best places in the Southern Hemisphere for stargazing.
Whenever I am out my camera at the golden hour. That’s around sunrise or sunset. It always pays to be aware of what is going on behind you. I was obviously there to capture the Three Sisters but the above sky would have been missed if I hadn’t take a second to turn around and look behind me.