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Stopping on the side of the road for a beer!

When you notice the sun beginning to set and it's beer o'clock make sure you have your camera handy. 

On our recent trip back to New Zealand,

... we stopped on the side of the road because the scenery was so wonderful and the colours of a sunset were beginning to form.

... a camera was quickly taken out of the car.

... beers were immediately retrieved from the cooler.

Sun getting low in the sky still blue and a little gold.
A glimmer of turquoise and pinkish orange.
On about the third sip of beer an orange hue appears in the clouds. Almost similar to the colour of a light ale. The light ale is rapidly placed on a fence post and the camera button is clicked relentlessly.
Orange gradually turns to pink, that's when we both take a moment to gasp at the beauty of nature.
When photographing a sunset or sunrise...your image will probably look something like this.
Image with only the SHADOWS and the EXPOSURE sliders adjusted.

 I will always use shadows slider to reveal what is in the darker parts of a photograph. Even on your phone make sure you edit by using the shadows slider and then the exposure slider. It will make your image a whole lot easier for others to view and is probably a truer representation of what you saw yourself. The camera is not able to pick up a vast range in contrast. It will generally focus on just the light parts of an image or just the dark parts.

Turning 180 degrees we notice the colours on the other side of the world.
The other side of the world looks just as glamorous. Always take a look in the opposite direction when photographing a sunset or sunrise.
THE WHITE BALANCE ON CLOUDY. Trying different camera settings. It is amazing how a different camera setting can change the appearance of your image.
THE WHITE BALANCE ON AUTO. The image takes on more of a blue hue. By this time the beer has kicked in and everything looks doubly magnificent!!

I hope this helps when you are out photographing. 

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