I can hear your thoughts, “Beautiful, Amazing, Great Photographer…” But you know, it really is much more than just being a good photographer. Of course skill and a good eye help, but if you don’t have decent equipment, it is really hard to capture anything of value. But the most important is the subject. We are blessed here with fabulous locations, and with a almanac to tell when the sun rises and sets – you are ready to go.
On my trip to the Sault Saturday, I asked my co-pilot just where was that pretty spot she showed me last year. Everyone has their special spot that they look to especially when they head home to Wawa after a day in the Sault. One of my favs is the Sand River Hill. If you time it right you can have the setting sun just at the horizon, backlighting Bathtub Island! Or sunset at the tiny island by Mamainse Harbour.
Well, by the time I asked, we were past her fav spot – perhaps on the way back…
On our trip home, we watch a ribbon of red along the horizon. The wind was gusty, whipping up the waves of dark blue and purple. The snow and sleet came in along with the wind, little squalls terrorizing us with thoughts of winter coming back – it is supposed to be spring isn’t it? Through Old Mill Bay, Batchawana and Pancake, that ribbon tempted a picture, but it really wasn’t much of anything to photograph. Even Alona Bay wasn’t as spectacular as I had hoped.
Finally, my co-pilot said, “slow down, I think this is it. Just before the guardrails.” Slowing down, I pulled it. Sure enough this was the spot. I pulled the bug up to the grassy spot overlooking the lake and took my first photo. Well, okay… but not great.
The drama of the waves would have been better crashing on the rocks. It was still very pretty though, and as we watched for a few minutes, I realized that along that red ribbon a small spot was getting brighter and brighter. The sun hadn’t set yet, but was just behind the clouds, peeking through the ribbon of clear sky. Backing up we went along the road to the other side of the cove.
The sun was just setting, and the light beamed through this little gap in the rocks, framed by trees. The waves were crashing though and creating a small tidal pool. I think that the water would be way too cold to walk in right now though.
The sun kept setting, approaching the ribbon of clear sky at the horizon. Lighting the clouds from beneath. It became a challenge to time the waves with the camera shutter.
My exposure was good, but it was difficult to capture the waves without blurring. In this shot the spray caught the red of the setting sun.
The sun also flared, refracting in the lens creating a starburst that was unintentional but simply beautiful. It’s all in the angle, the timing… and the subject, that is key!
P.S.: These photos have been submitted to Jordan Van de Vorst Facebook event page. Jordan Van De Vorst, 34, his wife Chandra, 33 and two children Kamryn 5, and Miguire, 2, died in early January in a two vehicle accident near Saskatoon. One of his last photographic ideas was to have as many people take a photo of the sunset as possible across Canada and then set them up chronologically and geographically east to west. Andrea Lawrence set up a Facebook event: She asked that people take photographs of sunset “AT EXACTLY 8:39 pm, in the Regina area, on May 14-16,and post them all to this page.” The idea has spread and there are very many beautiful pictures to see, not only of Canada which was Jordan’s idea – but of the world.