I’m starting this week by sharing a couple of photos, taken within a short time of each other, on one of our short ambles along the Dingli cliffs over the last few weeks. I don’t often take sunset photos, not because they’re rather cliché, but simply because I find it hard to translate the sense of the experience into a photograph. Sometimes I do come close (and that’s the photos I do take and share, of course), and clearly a lot of this is a function of the gear I have at hand.
On this particular occasion, I had my long telephoto lens (a Sigma 150-600mm) with the small mirrorless camera. I’ve said before how this combination results in a lot of reach, and in that way enabling a certain category of photos. In this case, what drew me in were the colours in the sky and sea, and how they faded into each other, making the horizon impossible to determine exactly. There’s also a similar gradation in the disc of the sun itself, from bright yellow at the top to deep orange at the bottom. I saw this but didn’t quite realise at the time how powerful this visual was. At another sunset, and another walk, yesterday, a friend of ours pointed this out, remarking on the similarity with the visual in the old Apocalypse Now poster.
There’s another similar photo below, at a somewhat wider perspective. The two photos were taken within a short time of each other, and due to their similarity I chose to share them together. I think I prefer the one at the top, if I was pressed to choose, as the view is a bit more minimal and the lines cleaner. But I must say I do like the one below as well, as the sea is so recognizably Mediterranean.