Predicting Sunsets and Sunrises
Everyone wants to take photos of sunrises and more want to get a good sunset. I did a quick post last weekend on how I get the colours of those, and today I thought I would give you some tips on how to predict whether you will get a sunset or a sunrise.
One of the things you need to keep an eye on for sunrises, and sunsets, is the weather. You really need to watch the weather forecast.
To get a good sunrise the weather for the day you want to take photographs has to be bad, or will be changing for the worse. If the forecast is for a storm that day, or rain, or something that will be worse than the previous day, then the chances are good for a great sunrise.
The other thing you need is some cloud. Not so much that they block out the sun as it comes up, but scattered clouds. If you wake up and can see that the sky is overcast, then chances are you won’t get much. I usually stay home then. If you see that there are no clouds in the sky at all, you will get some colour near the horizon, but it won’t be brilliant. Remember the colours are the sun reflecting off the clouds.
Sunsets work the same way with the clouds, if you want the ribbons of colour, or the brilliant colours in the sky, then you need the clouds. Overcast and too think clouds will show nothing. scattered clouds are the best.
Unlike sunrises, the forecast has to be for brilliant weather the next day. I think it is good if you have a good day and the forecast for the next day is even better. The better the weather the next day, the better the sunset.
Of course this is what we predict, it doesn’t actually mean it will happen. It can all seem like the perfect conditions, and then nothing happens, or not much. Then there will be days where you thought you woudn’t get anything and you get something spectacular. You will also get better sunsets or sunrises depending on the time of year and where you live, that is something that you will have to experiment with.
Good luck, I hope this helps you get some great photos of the colours in the sky.
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