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Another Magnolia Park Summer Sunset

Another summer evening, another sunset at Magnolia Park.  This sunset didn’t have the fiery colors of my July 4th Firework images, but it was still pretty.  The park was less crowded, so I got to move around more and try some new vantage points.

Sunset at Magnolia Park
Sunset at Magnolia Park

The dock was empty, so I headed out to photograph over the lake.

Sunset over Lake Apopka
Sunset over Lake Apopka

But I quickly realized that I liked the framing of the trees in the foreground.  I’ve never managed the shot below without people on the dock!

Sunset at Magnolia Park
Sunset at Magnolia Park

I played peek-a-boo with the sun as it tried to hide behind the trees.  I was impressed at how well the HDR blend worked with the dark foreground and super-bright background here.

Sunset at Magnolia Park
Sunset at Magnolia Park

Funny, though, I ended up at one of my usual spots as the sun actually set.  There is something about how the trees frame the sunset that I really like.  The sun’s rays made a starburst in those last few moments of daylight.

Sunset at Magnolia Park
Sunset at Magnolia Park

Rich was with me on this visit, and he patiently waited with me for the afterglow (those beautiful brilliant colors that come 20-30 minutes after sunset).  But it didn’t happen that evening.  I think there were too many dense clouds on the horizon.  So instead I pulled out my intermediate telephoto and did some blur shots of the clouds.  A fun way to end a good day!

Sunset Blur
Sunset Blur