London sunset

I love watching the sun go down.

For an event that happens daily, and which I’ve been able to watch for over 30 years, it’s only since taking up photography as a hobby that I feel I’ve really come to appreciate them, and indeed to long to be out there watching it in front of a beautiful scene when I see the sky turn to an warm colour at the end of the day.

I take it for granted a lot and rarely make the time to get out there and shoot it after work, which is a shame.

Sunrises are nice too, of course, but they are a different kind of beauty. With a sunset you get to watch the sun disappear and it gives you a sense of closure. For a sunrise I often stop watching as soon as the sun has fully emerged from the horizon. With a sunset you get the transition period into night, which is wonderful to watch, especially if you are in a city.

So anyway, here’s a sunset over London. It was a very cold night with a harsh wind that cut into the body. It got colder when the sun had disappeared. It was not long after this that we were back in the pub warming ourselves up with too many pints.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 55mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/13s