Sunshine during the rain…


Hello.

I completely forgot that I went out the other week to get some shots during sunset on a little local hill called Moel y Ci. It’s an ideal spot as it’s possible to shoot in any direction with an unimpeded view. And, due to the weather outside being pretty awful to say the least (high winds, rain; nothing we’re not used to here in the western half of the UK) I’d like to bring a little sunshine into your lives today. It’ll also make me feel better before I have to drive in it to pick up my little girl from school.

Now most photographers, and myself included, would say that a cloudless sky provides very little drama during a sunset, but what you do get are beautiful colours; oranges, reds and pinks as the angle of the sun’s light is refracted through the dust in the atmosphere.

So, have a look for yourselves. I’ll let the pictures do the talking…(all edited in Camera Raw, Photoshop CS6 and finished in Lightroom 5).

As a rule, try and avoid your shadow being in the image. But I wanted it in this shot, before the sun started to set.
As a rule, try and avoid your shadow being in the image. But I wanted it in this shot, before the sun started to set.
A magnified shot of Yr Elen and the lower half of Cwm Llafer. Carnedd Llewelyn at right.
A magnified shot of Yr Elen and the lower half of Cwm Llafer. Carnedd Llewelyn at right.
A lone figure admires the view with Moel Wnion and Gyrn, rear.
A lone figure admires the view with Moel Wnion and Gyrn, rear.
As the sun sinks, the shadows extend over Elidir Fach and Fawr.
As the sun sinks, the shadows extend over Elidir Fach and Fawr.
A greatly magnified Snowdon. Carnedd Ugain is the mountain on the left, whilst Yr Wyddfa sits to the right. The railway can be easily made out.
A greatly magnified Snowdon. Carnedd Ugain is the mountain on the left, whilst Yr Wyddfa sits to the right. The railway can be easily made out. You can even see the visitor centre to the right of the summit (horrible eyesore).
Looking west over the Menai Straits and to Ynys Mon as the sun sinks fast.
Looking west over the Menai Straits and to Ynys Mon as the sun sinks fast.
Similar to above shot, but further south and to the western end of the Straits.
Similar to above shot, but further south and to the western end of the Straits.
The colours are really setting off now; looking SW down the Lleyn Peninsula to Yr Eifl or 'The Rivals'. I cycled way past these little mountains on my big ride the other day.
The colours are really setting off now; looking SW down the Lleyn Peninsula to Yr Eifl or ‘The Rivals’. I cycled way past these little mountains on my big ride the other day.
Just a minute or so before it sets over the Irish Sea.
Just a minute or so before it sets over the Irish Sea.
North Western Snowdonia in the closing seconds of the setting sun.
North Western Snowdonia in the closing seconds of the setting sun.
Just enough light left to capture big skies, beautiful colours and a lonely looking moon post-sunset.
Just enough light left to capture big skies, beautiful colours and a lonely looking moon post-sunset.
The sky was obviously not this black, but I under-exposed the moon to bring out the detail.
The sky was obviously not this black, but I under-exposed the moon to bring out the detail.

Another sun sinks below the horizon.

I hope this has brightened your day.

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