Canon 7D
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
AE Mode
Aperture f/2.8
Shutter hit 1/4000
Just a lake down the street from me, one that I ride by on my bike pretty much daily. When I heard about the challenge this week I rode over there and waited for something decent, and I think I got probably the best sunset of the week (at least in my location.) That's not to say I didn't try every night for the rest of the week, but nothing else was really poppin'. :(
-Joshua Winkelmann

This was taken in the backyard of my house in Morley, MI. I took it with the standard settings on my HTC Incredible.
-Tyler Berens

With the Sunset shooting challenge I really wanted to have a person or persons in the photo.
So I "ordered" my son to join me at 8pm today. The only way to get him to try several takes was to have him play his favorite sport: soccer. There were actually 6 photos in this sequence but the middle one blocked the sun and the 5th one was too similar to the 6th shot.
Camera: Canon Rebel T2i
Lens: Tamron 10-24mm at 14mm, f4, 1/1600
Merged in Photoshop Elements 8
-Chris Aquino

It was taken with a Blackberry 8900 phone.
I took the picture yesterday while I flew back to Mexico City. I was bored out of my mind, I looked out the window and there it was, this wonderful sunset. I took the picture from the window behind my seat, the other person didn't even notice, she was asleep, he he.
-Ines Rosales

Taken in the Mojave Desert on the way back from weekend in Utah with my iPhone 3G. I took a photo with my DSLR but ran into traffic and the fastest way to submit on the road was by using my phone version. Cropped and adjusted contrast a bit using PS Mobile.
-Luis Marroquin

Took this shot Sunday evening while on a boat in the middle of lake of the woods in Ontario, Canada. Taken with my iPhone 4, processed with Cross process and mill color, then cropped with CineCrop.
-Kert Gartner

Took this picture while in Aruba this week. My parents had rented a villa and my brother and I came down to visit. This is a small beach that was across the street from the villa. To be honest I was a little drunk and don't exactly remember the settings except for the 30s shutter speed. I Had to set the camera on a rock because I didn't have my tripod and focus manually due to the low light, opened the shutter, hopped in the frame and was pretty happy with the results. Adjusted levels and curves in CS.
-Michael Rizzolo

Nikon D200, Vivitar 100-500mm manual focus @ 500mm, f11, iso 100, shutter 1/8000.
I just moved into an apartment in Jersey City and finally have a view of the sunset. This was taken from my window. This challenge reminded me that I have an old 500mm lens that I rarely use, so I decided to bust it out. And thats a sun spot in the upper left of the sun, not dust.
-Adam Kopelman

Nikon D60 with 55-200 VR lens
Exposure: 1/640 at f/6.3
Focal Length 145 mm
ISO 400
Taken outside my apartment in Battery Park City in Manhattan. Four kids on a boat returning to North Cove Marina admiring the sunset. Ellis Island in the background with two really cool smoke trails from planes that had flown overhead earlier.
-John McGrail

Equip: Canon Rebel XS, f/8, ISO-100
Setup: 3exp. HDR shot. I figured there would be a lot of HDR shots so I decided to try to get a little artistic with this one.
-Justin Fidone

-Jan Middelkoop

Nikon d40 with 18-55 kit lens.
Aperture priority mode. f/11, 1/400.
Sunset in a bottle. Taken in Horseneck beach on Westport, MA. Took the camera to the beach hoping to get pictures for this challenge, and ended up using my fun enhancer as a subject.
-Jorge Jimenez

Overlooking Santa Barbara Ca.
Rebel T1i
-Joey Delreal

Nikon D5000 f/4 1/40s ISO 320 55-200mm at 55mm
Shot this randomly by the side of the road in rural Wisconsin.
-Rob Sharpe

Camera: Canon EOS t2i
Lens: 18-55 mm
f-stop: f4.5
ISO: 400
I went for a really long three hour hike with my friend in a local nature trails. I took these of the sun setting as we were leaving the trail on our way home.
-Timmy Burgess


When I read the shooting challenge of this week I thought "I could do that... sunsets happen every day!!" I got my tripod and decided to take a panorama in HDR, I wanted to try out the new HDR tools in Photoshop CS5. So that's what I did.
These photos are geotagged with the location i took them at in Calgary Alberta Canada.

Here are the specs.
Camera: Canon Rebel T2i
Exposures: (6 positions) X (3 exposures each) = 18 Shots (RAW)
ISO: 100
Shutter Speeds: 1/80, 1/320, 1/1250
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada 51.054520 -114.060318 (can be searched on google maps)
Lens: Tokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm at 11mm
Software: I Used AutoPano Giga for the stitching and tried out Photoshop CS5 for the HDR processing, then published using Photoshop Lightroom
-Nathan Johnson

Nikon D50, AF Nikkor 28-85, 1/40, F4.2, ISO 220, hand held with shutter priority to keep the ISO low, RAW -> ViewNX (defaults) -> JPG.
I'm used to spectacular sunsets growing up, just shoot and you have a picture perfect sunset. Now I have to actually compose the pictures as I can't see either horizon from where I live now — at least I don't have to wait for the 35mm prints to come back in the mail.
This shot was taken just after a heavy Florida rain. I handheld the shot so I could quickly change the location and composure in the changing light.
This was my time shooting RAW and playing with the parameters ... I'm becoming a fan of zero post-processing photography.
-Tim Middelkoop

-Gretchen Hargrove

So I live mere blocks from Venice Beach, Ca and they just built a new skatepark not long ago right on the beach. The sunset makes for an amazing backdrop, with the silhouetted skaters right in front. Personally my favorite moment to capture is someone grinding a rail.
Nikon d5000
1/640 at f5.6
Lens - AS-F Nikkor 55-200mm
ISO 200
-Barry Kriegshauser

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS with IS lens
f/13, 1/3 sec. exposure at ISO-100, focal length 18mm
My first solitary stint studying a sunset: sneakily stole a shot of strangers' silhouettes. :)
- Carin Perilloux

Used new Canon T2i with 18-55mm kit lens. I went out with a friend for a walk, and I brought my camera and snagged this shot. I used Canon's EOS Utility Tools to change the colors a bit.
-Robbie Short

Crazy sunset from my balcony.
Nikon D700
Nikon 70-200mm @ 70mm
1/2000 sec shutter
ISO 400
-Aaron Hwang

NYC Sunset - Unfortunately I couldn't afford the apt next door's million dollar view so this shot was taken from a very precarious position leaning outside my humble apt. window - full zoon at 200mm (DX).
Camera Nikon D300
Exposure 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture f/16.0
Focal Length 200 mm
ISO Speed 200
Exposure Bias 0 EV
-Patrick Tully

After spending the day in Milwaukee scouting the city for a good location I settled on this bay just off of Lake Michigan. I setup my Canon 7D, with Canon EF 15-85 lens, on my tripod and waited for the sun to start going down. Settings for this particular shot were F/3.5, 1/20, ISO 100. I found my best shots were just after the sun had disappeared and scorched the sky a bit. Not a bad way to spend a Thursday nite with my girlfriend.
-Branden Kerr

Canon T2i
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
ISO 100
I went to the reservoir near my house with a couple of my friends, not even thinking about the shooting challenge for the week. When we got to the water the sun was setting and I caught the reflection in my friend Meg's sunglasses. I ran to my car and grabbed my camera and BAM, instant winner.
-John DeSimone

Camera: Canon 1D Mark IV
Lens: 70 -200mm f2.8 L @ 140mm
Color Temp: 2000k
Normally we see those beautiful Orange and Red colors at sunset but I figured I would shift away from the norm by dropping the white balance color temp to 2000k and give it a ice cold feel.
-Satnam Sidhu

Fuji S100FS / 1/400 / F11 / ISO 100 / fl 21.0mm
Overall brightness adjustment, unsharp mask, crop, and resize with GIMP.
Sunrise at Canova Beach on August 1st.
This week gave me a chance to re-use the snow globe that I picked up for last week's challenge. I wanted to see if I could take what I learned last week to capture the sunrise and put it inside the globe.
-Mike Case

This image was taken earlier this week at around 915 beside Lake Ontario, Toronto Canada.
Taken with a Nikon D5000 and a 18-55mm Lens at f/8, 1/50, and ISO 400.
-Chris Piedra

Camera: Canon t1i, 50mm f1.4 attached
ISO 100
1/500 shutter w/ -1 step exposure bias
Manually set white balance
There was a typical audience of viewers of this particular sunset on Lake Michigan (the Michigan side): seagulls. Unfortunately my creeping scared them off, despite my best ninja efforts. Lucky for me, covering the entire beach is the evidence of their gallivanting around, so I decided to document the seagull party by capturing their footprints and telling of their secret daily ritual. Out of all the other shots of more common sunset photos, with more vivid colors, more dramatic clouds, I wanted to submit the stampeded sand because it most showed the quirky mood of this particular beach.
-Richard Rano

The sun rising as viewed from an airplane at 25,000 feet over upstate New York. I took this while I was en route to JFK at about 6:20 AM ET Saturday. I didn't have my 7D with me so this was taken with my Canon IXUS 95 with slight color adjustments made in Lightroom.
From a technical perspective it isn't perfect but I like the composition with the clouds, contrail from another jet, and the sun and its reflection coloring the sky.
Taken in "manual" mode with these settings:
35mm (6.2mm on the lens), ISO80, f/8.0, 1/1250s
-Dave Sheehan

Canon 20D w/ Canon 17-40 f/4L
ISO 100 - 26mm - f/22 - 1/20
For once I make it to the beach with time to setup before the sunset. I compose a shot I am really happy with of the silhouette of a shower head in the foreground of a beautiful Gulf of Mexico sunset. As the sun starts to hit the horizon a seemingly endless line of people start walking past my shot completely blocking the sunset. With no other option I rush to the shore line in hopes to capture one clear shot of the sunset.
-David Nemerson

Taken on a Canon PowerShot SD1200 I think that I was using the "sunset" presets, but it might have been the "night snapshot" presets. I rushed to my roof to get this before the sun was completely gone, before I got rained on or got distracted by the awesome lightening in the clouds, and before my camera battery died. I took a ton of shots, but it turns out that the first one was the most usable. That's the National Cathedral on the horizon; it usually looks less foreboding.
-Written Pyramids

Olympus E-510
f/20, 1 sec., ISO-100, HDR -1/0/+1 ev, 42mm
One of the most-popular viewpoints in Seattle, I captured this image of the city at sunset from Kerry Park on Queen Anne hill. You won't find many views that beat this one. The sun is shining on the city from the right of the image, and you can see Mt. Rainier in the background and the Space Needle to the left.
-Jeremy Klukan

I tried capturing just the sunset over the water and I wasn't liking the way that it felt. Once I found the fence with the barbed wire on the edge the image seemed to make more sense, unfortunately by the time I got to this spot the clouds had already moved in blocking the sun.
Canon t2i - f/5.6 - 1/40 sec - ISO 100
HDR processed in Photomatix and color tweaked with Magic Bullet Pro.
-Robert Zelin

Camera: Canon Rebel T2I 550D
Lens: Kit lens (18-55mm, f/2.6-5.6)
ISO: 100
Location: North Bay, Ontario
Story: My girlfriend and I just bought this camera a few weeks ago. This is our first foray into DSLR technology and this picture is our first attempt at both sunset and HDR photography. We live relatively close to the beautiful lake represented in the photo - funny too, I'm not sure if we had ever been there before at sunset. We were lucky to have gotten this shot as the rest of the week was overcast, and the beaches overpopulated during the long weekend.
-Robert Hendy

Title: "Low Yield"
F 5.3
ISO 200
shutter 1/400
metering: spot
I was out trying to hunt down an Augen Gentouch 78 Android table and snapped this coming off a highway exit. I love lines like this in a photo, especially against the sunset and sky. The silhouette of the yield sign adds another raw element to a naturally beautiful phenomenon.
-Jonathan Keys

This was last minute decision to enter challenge. I live 1/4 mile from ocean front in Virginia Beach. This shot was taken looking West at 8:41pm EST Saturday. Sometimes we have an amazingly glorious sky at sunset, unfortunately last night seemed pretty dull, so I felt I had to capture the hot ball of fire itself to make an impression! I Photo Painted a little to get rid of the house and a light pole that I found distracting in the photo.
Canon Power Shot S5 IS 8.0 Mega Pixels
Exposure time 1/500
f stop f/4
ISO speed 80
focal length 6mm
max aperture 2.875
-Anne Masterson

Canon T2I 1/4000 F4.5, 18-55mm kit lens
I showed up at the Missouri river with a couple minutes to spare. Brand new to the DSLR scene, so I'm still figuring out what all these settings do.
-Adam Brooks

The following image was taken with a Nikon D3000 using an AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm lens, at 80mm with an ISO of 100. I took four photos at an aperture setting of f4.2, at varying shutter speeds to bracket the exposure. This was my first attempt at producing an HDR image using Photoshop CS3 and actually my first real attempt using PS CS3 to improve any photographs I've taken. This sunrise was taken this past Thursday evening while visiting my grandmother in Hoosick Falls, NY. I hope you enjoy the image!
- Joseph Haegele

In such beautiful weather, I made lamb burgers and ate a feast on the roof of my NYC apartment. With f/25 and 1/50 shutter speed ISO 200 at 40mm with flash in manual focus, I captured the setting sun over the Hudson river backlighting our delicious burgers. Nikon D90 18-200mm DX VR
-Ron Nahass

Canon T2i, 18-55mm Kit Lens. 1/200 @ F10, ISO Auto (320)
Sunset at a farm close to my home. Thanks to Giz for the shooting lesson on lens flare from one of you previous challenges.
-Senthil Kumar

Took both today, at around 8pm with my canon powershot ls120, good cheap camera. First one is using the predefined sunset setting, other one is f/8 and some other setting(im noob, sry).
-Pat Ber

Took this while having drinks at the marina, just seconds before a whole family of tourists stopped directly in front of me to gaze at the sunset.
nikon d5000, stock lens
f5.6, 1/250, iso 100
-Dee M'lee

Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikkor 70 - 300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR
Exposure: 1/180
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/9.5
Focal Length: 300mm
Location: Armstrong, British Columbia, Canada
With one last available sunset prior to the shooting challenge deadline, I decided to take the plunge.
My wife and I are visiting relatives in BC's Interior (where there are currently more than a few forest fires)
Once I set up for the shot from my in-laws balcony I realized that the sunset would light the smoke from the nearby fires (those aren't clouds unfortunately).
I took many shots as the sun was setting behind a mountain to the west, and thought I'd pick the best one out of them and sent it out.
It was as I was looking over them, that I decided to fuse a couple of the exposures together to indicate the partial progression of the suns path that night.
(Also it's my attempt at a tribute to the two suns of Tatooine — granted these two are much closer but I thought I'd go for it anyway)
-Richard Morrison

Sony DSC-W180
ISO 100
Went out to Honeymoon Island, Fl and looked for a good spot. It turned out to be an overcast evening, but shot this one about 30-40 minutes before sunset.
-Aaron Lovell

Using a canon EOS rebel t1i with a Tamron 18-200mm 1:3.5-6.3 lens, ISO 3200, F6.3 and 1/200 shutter speed. I actually blurred the shot out of focus because I thought it looked better that way, but believe it or not that's the sun and those are mountains below it.
-Connor Lee

This shot was just a day before the challenge. I hope it still could be considered. This shot was taken around 9pm. The view was outside my office window at floor 4. The satellite dish is on top of the university's building. Since there was no one aroud, I took a chace to take this photo. Taken using Panasonic Lumix TZ7 auto-intelligence mode. I edited the picture in Photofun studio which was included together with the camera.
-Arnida Safuwan

Camera : Pentax K110D
Lens : Pentax 18-55 F3.5-5.6
ISO : 200
Shot as a 3 step HDR photo in Raw mode.
This photo was the 5th or 6th one I took this particular day, and it allowed me to play around with HDR photography a little bit, which I have started dabbling with. It was taken at just before 9pm on Friday July 30th, at Moonlight Beach in Sudbury, Ontario (,-80.909672), facing west-ish.
-Kyle Simpson

Nothing fancy, just a 'wimpy' sunset on am almost cloudless day in Southern Oregon . In the fall the sunsets are incredible . an Olympus E-PL1 was used with a 5.6 f stop, and a 100 iso.
-Kay Owens

Here is my submission for the shooting challenge. It was taken with an Olympus FE210 (7.1MP). And yes, it is an HDR image.
-Immanuel Smith

Taken in Western North Carolina outside Asheville on a bike/horse trail. Lugged my Canon 5D with 24-70mm f/2.8L + circular polarizer on my bike to a suitable spot and after catching my breath, took photos based around f/16 at 1/125sec, ISO400. HDR was created with images exposed +/- 2 steps.
-Wesley Duffee-Braun

This was taken at a bay in our city called the Back Bay. I was looking for something else that night, and while I was searching for that place, I stumbled upon a one way street alongside the Back Bay. As I drove down the road, this view in the picture followed me on my left for a while, so naturally I got out of my car and took a picture. As I took the photo, there were soft, cool breezes and cricket chirps all over me. The two insect bites I got on my hand and elbow was, in my opinion, worth this photo.
Taken with my Canon EOS Rebel XS (1000D)
Shot in Aperture Priority Mode (Av) at f/2.8 on a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
ISO was set at 200 and the shutter speed was 1/13 s.
Basic level adjustments on Photoshop CS5 and this is what I ended up with.
-Taishi Matsumoto

My husband and I had just gone for a bike ride along the Potomac River in Washington DC. We stopped near Regan National Airport to take some pictures. It was my son who suggested holding a light bulb in front of the setting sun. My husband held the bulb while I took the picture.
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: 300 mm
Aperture: f/9
Shutter Speed: 1/500
ISO: 320
-Anne Jansen

Leica X1, f/16 at 1/30 ISO 320.
I was out walking when i saw a group of people standing on top of a hill taking pictures of the sunset, and it made me think of the shooting challenge for this week. Maybe they were taking pictures for this challenge too? I will certainly look for the same sky among the submissions!
-Loui Nydelius

Olympus E-500 with a Zuiko 18-180mm 1:3,5-6,3 lens @ f/8, 400 ISO.
This is of Lake Huron from Hessel Michigan at my father's family reunion this week. Just as I set up the shot the kayakers paddled up to watch the sunset and then paddled on, rather serendipitous.
-Amber Stepanik

The used camera was a Nikon D90 with a Nikkor 18-105mm DX lens with the settings to P
I tried to get to this spot before sunset, but arrived a little bit too late. I tried to get as much sunset in the picture as possible.
The location is a farmland near my home in Dieren. The white building is small monument from 1860 dedicated to water-physicians.
-Peter van der Helm

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD1000
Focal length: 5.8
Exposure: 1/50
This is a sunset I took on Lake Michigan, Sister Bay. I edited it a bit afterward to bring out the colors.
-Alex Baldwin

Shooting summary:
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikkor 18-200mm VR
ISO: 200
F-stop: 6.3
Focal Length: 70mm
Exposure: 3 exposure High Dynamic Range Shot including 1/1250, 1/320, and 1/80. Combined in Photomatix and final touch ups (cropping and sharpening) in GIMP.
Taken: Thursday night in Ottawa, Canada at 9:04PM
Story of shoot:
I'm an amateur photographer and on Thursday night I was doing a shoot with my first female model; my friend Jill who agreed to pose for me. We went down to the Ottawa river to shoot and as the evening went on the sunset kept getting better and better. Eventually I was spending almost as much time shooting the sunset as I was Jill! I think Jill was a little surprised, but she was a trooper and that night I got not only some great sunset shots, but also a lot of great shots of Jill. Unfortunately, just as the sunset was hitting its best we had to head off as Jill needed to use the facilities. :-)
A lot of my shoots recently have been of landscapes and people, but originally I intended to do mainly digital art pieces, shooting people in costume and costumed attendees at SF Conventions as raw material. I post it all on flickr (great site) and given what I usually shoot I called my account "geekstalt". You can also see two ghost tours I'd been on I've got posted.
-Dave Twolan

Here is my submission for the Sunset Photography Challenge. I took this photo using my Canon 30D on a tripod with a 17-85mm lens set to 30mm with f/18 at 1/4s and ISO 100. I used Photomatix Pro in post-processing to create a tone-mapped HDR which helps to balance and enhance the exposure.
I love photographing sunsets and have made it my goal this summer to capture as many as I can from a variety of locations. I especially like photos over water, as the reflection of the clouds and light are just breathtaking. For this shot, I wanted to do something different: rather than capturing the sun itself, I used the clouds to hide the sun and just capture the reflection of the light rather than the sun itself. Besides creating an interesting sunset shot, it also helped keep the photo more evenly exposed.
-Andrew Martin

This Photo was taken 08-01-10 at 5:34 am., from Atlantic Road, Gloucester MA.
I used a Canon T1i, with a 24 : 70 mm Tamron Lens, set at 24 mm. at f ; 5.6 and 160th of a Second
The Camera was mounted on a Tripod. The Temp., was 54 Degrees.
I had shot one other Sunrise, last Thursday and thought it would do the trick.... but something kept nagging me...
I guess I just didn't like it.
So this morning after dreaming of Camera settings all night... I awoke at 4:50 am., jumped out of bed...
grabbed the Gear and headed up the Street... and I'm glad I did, because this mornings Sunrise was spectacular.
The Point on the Shore where I took this Image is less than quarter of a mile from my house... so I didn't have to go very far.
( 42 deg 36' 33.4" N X 70 deg. 38' 33.4" W )
From here, if you were to head East... you would not encounter Land for 3,114 miles and it would be the Coast of Portugal ... a long swim indeed.
The Island on the Horizon, is " Thatcher's Island " and it is off the Coast of Rockport MA., N and E about 5 Mi. from where I was standing.
-Charlie Carroll