Best Sunset Photo Ever (By Me, So Far)

I’ve been really into taking photos lately, mainly because we’ve been having awesome sunsets and lots of houseguests, which has led to many fun nights out on the deck enjoying the sunset. I have so much to learn, but I’m really motivated by the small progress I’ve made. I just took this photo and I’m so excited because it actually looks almost exactly like what I saw with my own two eyes. (Click to enlarge and appreciate the details. :))

What I love about this photo is that it shows the clouds, the sunset and the lights in the valley, but you can still barely see the tree trunks. I took another one where the pine needles were crisper, but the colors weren’t as nice. I definitely have a lot to learn!

I’ve decided that I’m not into editing photos aside from cropping and resizing. I’ve color-corrected a few photos, and I kind of feel like I’m cheating. I want to take photos that are accurate depictions of what I’m really seeing at that moment. I realize that there’s some wiggle room with editing, because even unedited photos aren’t always accurate. But sometimes I see really amazing landscape photos online, and for a minute I think, “Wow, that is unbelievably beautiful…I’ve never seen colors that vivid.” Then I think, “I’ve never seen colors that vivid because they don’t exist in nature!” That realization makes me feel kind of sad and jaded. I mean, aren’t the actual colors in nature enough…do they really require enhancement?

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