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Winter Sunset over Lake Apopka

It’s been ages since I’ve photographed a good sunset. So last week when I saw some good clouds in the western sky, I headed up to Magnolia Park to photograph the sunset over Lake Apopka. Rich came with me (smart guy, he prefers sunset photography to sunrise photography!) and we enjoyed watching the colors fade in the sky.

Sunset over Lake Apopka
Sunset over Lake Apopka

These images use High Dynamic Range (HDR) in post-processing to extend the tonal range of the image. The first image is a 3-image composite. The bottom photograph is a 7-image composite.

Sunset at Magnolia Park
Sunset at Magnolia Park

Given the cloud conditions, I was fairly happy with this last image. We left about ten minutes after sunset. But it pays to stay later, as we found out as we drove west on the way home, and found ourselves driving into a bright pink after color. It was gorgeous.

That’s the good thing about photography – there’s always something to motivate you to get out and try it again! :)