Late Afternoon in Late Fall

Late Afternoon in Late Fall

The setting sun fills the sky with interesting colors as it silhouettes trees in our front yard on a late fall afternoon.

As we were finishing up our fun day of Thanksgiving Eve (that’s the day before Thanksgiving, you know), and looking forward to the arrival of the Thanksgiving Turkey (What? It works for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.), I happened to look outside and see that they sky looked really cool. So of course I grabbed my camera and went outside to take a photo. And this photo is what I got. So if the Thanksgiving Turkey didn’t bring us anything else, this cool sunset would do. And of course the Thanksgiving Turkey did bring us an excellent Thanksgiving with family, reminding us of all we have to be thankful for. Although all of those blessings actually come from God, of course, and not from a turkey.

I love sunsets, even if you can’t actually see the sun. But lately it seems like I don’t get to photograph them. This time of year, it is usually dark by the time I get home, which makes it pretty difficult to photograph the sunset. I could always take my camera in the car with me and then pull off the side of the road to get a photo, I guess. Or actually, right now the sun is usually setting as I am leaving the office, so I could get a photo of it there. But the office parking lot doesn’t make nearly as good of a sunset photo foreground as our front yard does. That’s just my opinion, however. You may actually like offices and pavement and parking lots and streets in the foreground of sunset photos, and that is perfectly fine. I’m not judging you based on that. But I think I will choose to just stick with scenes like this for a sunset photo whenever I can and be thankful for those times when they come.

Even if there aren’t any turkeys around.

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. - Psalm 113:3

About the photo:
As I mentioned above, this was from our front yard. Actually, I was standing on the front porch when I took this. Thanks to the 25mm lens, I didn’t have to worry too much about getting the porch roof or columns in the frame as I would with a wider angle lens. I could have done a multiple-exposure HDR to bring out the details of the foreground even more, but I rather like the trees in silhouette here, so I think HDR would have been too much over the top for my tastes in this instance.
Photo: A single RAW exposure, processed in Photoshop. Read more about the photo software and gear I use at the camera gear page.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10
Lens: Olympus M.Zukio 25mm f1.8
Date: November 25, 2015
Location: Williston, Tennessee


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