Tim's One Photograph a Day

Sandbanks Sunset, Poole Bay.

Sandbanks Sunset.

Sandbanks Sunset.

Sunset Looking across Poole Bay from Sandbanks.

Sunsets are great things to photograph. There can be a fantastic array of colour. Light reflected on the clouds. Often, they can look quite surreal. Moody, even.

Being currently located near the cliff tops in Bournemouth, it is an ideal location. The downside is, unless I set out to a location and wait for the sunset, by the time I get there I’ve often missed the best of it. A Sandbanks Sunset is perhaps one of the best, as there is a good mix of water and land to add interest to the shot.

Today was definitely one of those days. With the cloud cover coming over, I hadn’t given much consideration to getting a decent sunset photograph. However, looking out of the window, the sky was almost completely red.

Grabbing my camera, I realized that this was a perfect opportunity for a fabulous Sandbanks Sunset. However, even as I was getting into the car, I could see the red fading before my eyes. Undettered, I carried on anyway.

As I descended towards Sandbanks, I could still see some colour in the sky. The tide was low, and there were some red reflections in the wet sand. I quickly got to the best position, parked, and jumped out with the camera.

Even as I was taking my shots, I could see the colour fading. There was just too much cloud cover for the perfect photograph, but even so, I am pleased with the result. I shall forever wonder what I would have got if I had arrived even 15 minutes earlier.

Look out for another Sandbanks Sunset photograph in the future!

Photograph Details

  • Taken: 13 Jan 2017
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
  • Focal Length 24mm
  • F/5
  • 1/25 Sec
  • ISO 200

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