Spectacular Sunset

In 1988 I was living with my grandparents in Fort Myers, Florida. I was playing tennis, going to college and working at Harmon’s Photo where I was the assistant manager. I did some custom lab work for them in trade for being able to use the lab. It was one of those late summer days in Florida where the heat kicked off an afternoon storm. Storms usually came from the Gulf of Mexico moving towards the east and usually around 3:30 in the afternoon. On this day the storm kicked off a little later in the day, causing the clouds to linger over the horizon as the sun descended below the horizon creating a spectacular sunset.

As I pulled into the driveway the last drops of rain were splattering on the hood of my car. I looked behind the house as the clouds were beginning to turn red. At this time in my life I carried my camera with me almost all of the time, but my tripod and cable release were in the house. Not wanting to miss the opportunity to photograph the scene, I opened the front door and ran inside to grab my tripod and cable release. Finding what I needed in my bedroom, I turned around and ran back out the front door and around the side of the house to set up my camera and tripod. I set up overlooking the canal behind the house in hopes of getting the reflection from the water that mirrored the sky in the photograph.

I loaded a roll of Fuji RVP 50 slide film in the camera, metered the scene, adjusted accordingly and proceeded to shoot the sunset until the sun dropped below the horizon. the resulting image is natural, no photoshop skills required.


Photo taken with a Nikon FA 35mm slr Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens on Fujichrome RVP 50 iso film.

About the author David R. Wagner

Photographer, technologist, free-thinker.

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