Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 300mm
1/500 sec, f/11.0, ISO 200
“Moments never stay, whether or not you ask them, they do not care, no moment cares, and the ones you wish could stretch out like a hammock for you to lie in, well, those moments leave the quickest and take everything good with them, little burglars, those moments, those hours, those days you loved the most.”
― Catherine Lacey
My family and I spend a few relaxing days at Sauble Beach this past long weekend. Seldom does a day go by without a beautiful sunset over Lake Huron. Our weather forecast was for 4 solid days of heat and sunshine. The heat was there but the sunshine was lacking. Except at the end of the day. Each day of our stay, the sky on the horizon would clear up just enough for the sun to show through for a few minutes. I will share a few more images, but this was my favourite.
The sun had just dropped below the cloud deck and was hovering just above the horizon lighting the sky up in crimson, orange, and yellows in the brief moments before sinking out of sight.
Capturing these last few minutes can often pose a challenge as the camera sensor can make the image too bright or too dark. For me it’s that balance of showing the bright sun, yet retaining the structure of the clouds and the dark water surface.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 200mm
1/200sec, f/7.1, ISO 200
I have reflected on this photo many times. It was made one foggy morning in late September 2014. It was a cool morning and the air hung thick with fog and the feeling of change that comes at this time of year. I decided to go for a walk down to the lake shore. Through the fog, you could see the blue sky emerging, revealing shreds of clouds not typical of this time of year. On the lake, the swimming raft seemed to float in mid-air, the fog obscuring the line between water and air and a faint outline of the distant shore was barely discernible in the distance. The photo feels dream-like; somewhat haunting, yet peaceful. It represents transition, between the water and the sky, as well as the transition from summer to fall. It’s one of those photos that draws me in and causes me to see that there is more to it than first impressions would reveal.
Tamron 17-50 mm f/2.8 @17 mm
1/500 @ f/9.0, ISO 800
This photo was made within a few minutes of my previous post, “Golden Hour”. The same cloud fragments remain in the sky, the remnants of an earlier storm.
I had finished photographing the lone maple and was driving home and was amazed at the colour and textures of the sky as it transitioned from gold to a ruddy orange. Not wanting to miss the sunset, I parked my car at the top of a hill just south of town and watched the drama unfold in the west. My goal was to capture the last sliver of sun before it dropped below horizon. The photo above is the result.
On the horizon, you can see the silhouette of the Cathedral of the Transfiguration, in Markham, Ontario. This cathedral was blessed by Pope John Paul in 1984. Interestingly, the church lost it’s “Cathedral” designation back in 2006 as the result of a dispute and last service was held June 25, 2006. It now sits abandoned, unused, and deteriorating.
This final moment of sunlight lasted only a few seconds and then it was gone, turning the sky a deep red filled with wispy dark clouds and bright orange streaks.
Nikor 70-300mm f/5.6 @140mm
132 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 200