Last summer offered many beautiful sunsets and sunrises due to the mostly sunny and clear weather. One can certainly appreciate this after a rainy summer of 2012, when the horizon tend to be blocked by heavy clouds during most of the evenings. Among my favourite sailing moments are the offshore sunsets and sunrises, when one can see – if the horizon is clear – the ball rising from or setting to the sea. Especially, after a sleepless night at sea, a beautiful sunrise always boosts the spirit.
The setting sun is perhaps the most photographed, or in other words one the most worn-out subjects that one can come up with. Consequently, the problem is that it is hard to be very unique when taking a sunset photo. A boat sailing into the sunset is hardly an original subject, but with a different camera angle one can turn this to an interesting photo. Sometimes if the clouds are particularly colourful or interestingly shaped, just capturing the view of the sea horizon can be what is needed to get a good image. Also using large zoom can reveal interesting details and boost the colours. However, getting a sharp image may be difficult at the sea due to the rolling boat. Normally, when shooting the setting sun I use the tripod, but obviously one cannot use that in a boat.
|Sailing into the sunset. I like the colours of the sunset, but the composition is less original|
|A sail boat approaching Visby at sunset. Photo taken with a large zoom and a tripod.|
|Photographing on the deck usually gives more action to the photo. However, taking the system camera on the fore deck is not always the wisest thing to do.|
|The Sun setting behind the Öja/Landsort island|
|Sunset in Lickershamn, Gotland|
|A small boat in Lickershamn|
|Sunset in Kustavi|
|Sunset in Kaskis island|