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Sunset is one of the traditional clishes in photography. Most of the people seem to think that sunset photo is just the colored sky and a small black silhouette of land or treetops on the bottom of the frame. But making really beautiful sunset photos requires much more. I've seen many excellent sunset photos here in dA and also taken bunch of them (perhaps not so excellent though) myself. Personally I view it as a challenge: how to get something interesting out of category like this.

Since sunset photos is my favorite category, I thought I would write about what you could do to improve your sunset (and sunrise) photos. This is quite basic stuff but I feel that quite many sunset photos here in dA could be improved with these ideas. I'm not going to cover all the basics of photography though. If there are some terms that you're not familiar with, I would suggest going to your local library and getting a book about the basics of photography. Or you can also read something from the internet, here's a link list from my previous news-article:…

There are far too many sources to name any specific, since I've taken stuff from everything I've read and I think quite many guides cover these things. But this information is something I think might help a beginner, at least it helps me and I use it constantly.

Also don't take the photos, make them. Improving your skills is about mentality. Taking photos is easier to view as just walking suddenly to some random place, seeing a nice view and snapping a photo. Many good sunset photos are planned well, so don't just take snapshots, plan the image and then make it carefully. Perhaps this is one of the things that has suffered in digital age, since it's easy to just shoot bunch of photos and then see if any of those succeeded.

I  have used some photos as examples here. They are from my collection, I'm just too lazy to go look for suitable images from other deviants and at least in with my photos, I now what I was thinking when I photographed it.

Planning is everything

Like I previously stated, planning is really important with sunset photos, as it is with all the photography. Do you think that all the great landscape photographers just happen to walk to interesting and beautiful places by accident? For the best of them, it might be few weeks of walking in difficult environment searching for good places.


Getting the nice sunset photo is all about timing since the sun sets on certain moment. Ever noticed a beautiful sunset from your window and ran to take a photo out of it? Unless you're living in really beautiful area (and this one area would get old anyway quite quickly), you'll most likely end up with beautiful colors and something really uninteresting in the foreground (what ever happens to be next to your house). The time it takes you to travel to a nice location is usually long enough so that you'll miss the sunset if you react only when you see the sunset.

Moment of Peace by theFouro
I saw a beautiful sunset outside when coming home from work. I grapped my camera and ran to nearby hill and found this scene. I was late and the most beautiful part was already gone. Also how many photos do you think I could take from this small hill and keep them still interesting?

So first find out when the sun is setting (check your local weather services for example). Make sure you're ready in location well before the moment since usually the time given is the moment when the sun disappears below the horizon. So if you want to have the sun in the image, be there earlier. Also make sure you have time for scouting and finding the good spot so when the moment is right, you're ready and not just setting the tripod in a hurry. If you have to hurry, it usually results in shots that are not that well planned and not getting the full potential out of the image.

White Spots by theFouro
Photo taken before the sunset while sun was low in the sky.

Find out the direction where to sun is setting

Sun rises from the east and sets into west? Wrong, not accurate enough. It naturally depends on where you live, but here in Finland, for example, it varies quite a lot depending on time of the year. Unfortunately I haven't found any good services yet that could provide this information but there are some compasses that enable you to find out this information, for example. The direction of sunset helps you to think that what things you will have in the frame when the sun is setting.

Scout location(s) from map

Map is one important tool for all the landscape photographers and so it is also sunsets. You can find interesting locations easily from map that you can then scout either before sun is setting or on some other time. This is also when you need the information about the direction of the sunset. Also if you're going to scout the locations some other time than you're going to photograph them, bring a compass with out.

Also one handy tool here is Google Earth. This lets you to see more details and what place looks like (like places of forests and plain ground). But naturally to be of any use, it needs to have detailed enough photos of the area. Check and see if it's usable.


Sunset photos can be taken with any camera. Some might be better than the others, but by knowing your gear and its limitations you still can take beautiful photos with point-and-shoot cameras. Personally I would say though that having the possibility to use manual settings is really beneficial. At least you need the ability to correct the exposure.


I always carry a tripod with me when I'm going to photograph something. With sunsets, it has few important purposes. First of all, you don't have to worry about depth-of-field/shutter speed. Just choose the aperture that seems good for you and then select shutter speed according to that and don't worry about the camera shake. So you can always get pin-sharp images (with good tripod, remote and still weather I just did one minute exposure in night and got really sharp results).

Blue Coast by theFouro
Not a sunset, but still a 68 second exposure during night. I had the camera on a tripod, a good lens and used remote.

Also another benefit is that with tripod, you can make more careful compositions. You can do small tweaks to it and don't have to worry about your hand getting tired.

If you don't have tripod yet, I would recommend saving some money and getting a good one, especially for SLR. Around 200€/$ should get you a nice tripod and head. Make also sure that you can work with it nicely without raising the center column. Raising center column makes the tripod more wobbly and could compromise the sharp image.


After getting my filters, I haven't photographed sunsets without them. There is one filter type you really need: neutral density graduated filter. I would go so far and say that without ND grads you'll only get silhouettes. Then there also are some other filters that might bring nice results, like colored grads or normal colored filters.

The ND grad is used to even the exposure differences between the ground and sky. Normally if you photograph towards the sun (even though it might be low), you'll get completely blown out sky (white) if you want to have some details in foreground. Or you'll have nicely exposed sky and black ground (that is nice if you want silhouettes, but remember, you want more than just silhouettes for every shot).

ND grad is half grey (neutral, so it shouldn't paint the scene in any way, just let less light to pass) and half clear and between them, it has gradual transition. This way you can either hold the filter in your hand in front of the lens or then have a filter holder attached to the lens. You can rotate the filter and move it up and down to get the transition to be in right place.

Another interesting filter is neutral density filter. This makes less light to get into sensor and forces you to use longer shutter speeds. The effect might be really interesting especially with water.

With filter system you'll attach the filter holder into lens (usually with adapter, so you need only one holder for different size lenses) and put the square filter into the holder. You can move the filter up and down to get the grad transition to right place and rotate the holder.

One system that has also ND grads is Cokin system. Personally I've used the P-system, but it has one drawback: the neutral density filters aren't exactly neutral. They tend to bring in a slight red hue that might be a problem when you'll stack them. But you can read more about the system from their website and also see some examples: Other brands that I know are Lee filters (should be excellent and quite expensive) and Hitech (between Cokin and Lee in quality). Currently I have Cokin P-system with few filters and for my Nikkor 14mm f2.8 I had to get Cokin X-system since it was only system where I found an adapter that could fit the lens.

:thumb63675827: Ice Candles by theFouro
Left: ND grad filter to even the exposure of the sky and ground while ND filter made me to use longer exposure to get the water smooth.
Middle: Instead of traditional use of filters I had them sideways here. I used two ND grads to make the transition longer than normally.
Right: Using ND grad filter darkens the sky preventing it to be blown out and making the scene more dramatic.

Remote controller

Remote controller is nice thing to have, even though it's really just fine tuning. Even if you have the camera on tripod, once you press the shutter, you'll make some vibrations and it might affect the sharpness of the image. With remote, you can shoot without touching the camera, so you'll have sharper images again.

Also you can use the self-timer of the camera, if you don't have remote. Just set the self-timer to 10s for example, press the shutter release and wait.


Compass is necessary especially if you scout the are before the sunset. This way you can know exactly where the sun is setting. Let say, for example, that you're walking in beach and see interesting thing in horizon (a mountain etc for example) that you want into the image. With compass, you can find the right spot so the sun will be where you want it to be in the frame. This way you don't have to hurry when you come into the place for the sunset.

Protect yourself too

It's not enough that you protect the camera. Make sure you're wearing proper clothing for the weather, since sometimes you'll have to wait a while for the sun to be in the correct height. Also stones are usually interesting in sunset photos. So if you're walking on stone, it might be slippery, so be careful not to slip and break the camera or you.

Interesting composition

Composition in photography is always important. Don't forget it with sunset photos either. I'm not going to cover the basics of composition here. If you're not familiar with at least rule of the thirds, read it first from here:… If you're more experienced photographer and want to learn more about composition, read The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos from Michael Freeman, for example.

Foreground interest

One interesting thing you can use to boost your sunsets (and landscapes in general) is having something interesting in the foreground. It might be a pool of water, some kind of plant or anything you find. This usually requires you using the ND grad filter because of exposure differences.

Quite traditional approach would be having the camera in vertical position and putting the foreground interest into lower part of the frame. Usually having something in the foreground also gives the photo more sense of depth.

Lauttasaari IV by theFouro Lauttasaari V by theFouro
Left: A pool of water is an easy choice for a foreground interest.
Right: Rocks give the photo a nice focal point in the frame that would otherwise be empty. Also notice the use of ND and ND grad filters.


You can take sunset photos before or after the sun has set down. If the sun is still high enough, you need to decide where to place it. One, usually safe, option would be placing it in some 1/3 spot (like explained in the article about rule of thirds for example). Or perhaps you could place it center if you want to emphasize the symmetry of the scene? There is no right answer, but it's important that you'll keep this in mind and pay attention to it.

At the End of the Field by theFouro Sunset X by theFouro
Left: Since the scene isn't symmetric, I decided to place the sun on one of the vertical 1/3 lines. The right side was better choice in this scene since the balance of foreground is to left side. This way I was able to still have a balanced image.
Right: In this scene I wanted to emphasize the symmetry (dark silhouettes coming to middle from both sides), so I placed the sun into middle of the frame.

Tilted horizon vs straight horizon

This one is mostly a matter of taste. My personal view is that you should go for a straight horizon if there isn't anything in the scene that would require tilted horizon when it comes to composition. A tilted horizon can bring some dynamic into image, but usually the overall mood of the sunset photo usually doesn't benefit from this. Also if you're using a tilted horizon, make sure it's clear enough, since if it's modest, usually it doesn't bring anything into image, just makes it look like careless snapshot (personally I usually comment this).

Waiting for Dark by theFouro
Left: A bad example of tilted horizon. There's really nothing that would require it in this scene. Somehow it seems to work a bit here but afterwards, I think I should have gone for straight horizon.
Right: I wanted to fit the pool into image better, so I chose tilted horizon. Also the dramatic lighting in this scene benefits from the extra dynamics in my opinion.


Silhouettes can also be interesting element in the image. Just find some interesting shape for the photo (and be creative, it doesn't always have to be a tree). Also here you have to think about the composition. Don't just place the silhouette randomly somewhere in the frame, but think about it. For example use the rule of thirds.


Composition is only one part of the process of creating a beautiful photo. Getting the correct exposure is another. Here's few tips that might help you. Most of these are suitable also for other landscapes, but I've seen many sunset photos that could benefit from these. Here's really simple explanation about these things I'm talking here, in case you're not familiar with the terms:


Quite basic thing about the photography: lower aperture (larger f-number), longer the depth-of-field is. In general you want the depth-of-field to be as wide as possible in landscapes (and hence in sunset photos too).  Personally I usually use something like f8 (or f5.6 with my Tamron f5.6 since it's the sweet spot of the lens). This is usually enough since with wide focal lengths the DoF is quite wide anyway. This is true especially with compact cameras, where the real focal length is usually under 10mm.

Also remember that since you have the camera on tripod, you don't have to worry less light getting to sensor because of the smaller aperture.

Another recommendation would be not having too small aperture. There's a phenomenon called diffraction (I won't go into details). After a certain aperture, the quality of the image suffers if you'll use smaller aperture. On the other hand, with most of the images, the best results are usually few stops darker than max aperture. So basically every lens has a best aperture where it produces sharpest possible images. If you don't need lower or higher aperture for some other reason, I would recommend using that aperture. You can usually check the best aperture from lens reviews for example.

Expose to the right, if possible

One technique important with digital cameras "exposing to right". This means that you should have most of the histogram on the right side (while making sure that there aren't that many burned out areas in the image). I won't go into details of this technique here, you can read more for example here:… Once you have the image exposed to right, you can correct the image in post-processing to look like you wanted.


Bracketing isn't a bad idea, especially if you're a bit unsure about the exposure. So just take few photos with different shutter speeds (remember that you have the certain aperture set for the best results). But my personal approach is that I try to get the exposure correct but first, using zone system, and then tweaking the exposure with the help of the histogram.

Long vs. short exposure

Long vs. short exposure is matter of artistic opinion. Especially with water shots, having the "plastic" look in water can be really interesting and good looking effect but on the other hand, it might grow old quite quickly. Quite often long exposure photos might need neutral density filter to lower the amount of light that passes to sensor.

Red Sun Rising by theFouro Frozen Shore II by theFouro
Left: Long exposure makes the water look smooth that goes well with the peaceful scene in the image.
Right: Shorter exposure makes the waves visible and supports the rugged view that foreground brings into image (but otherwise this image isn't good example of composition, especially with the sun... I also should have used ND grad filter here).

Learn to use histogram

Histogram tells you what kind of exposure you got far better than looking at the photo from the small screen of your camera. If you have the chance to use it, learn to use it. Read more from here:…


Ever tried taking a photo of a sunset that had really beautiful colors and ended up with photo that had really boring washed out colors? This is where the post-processing comes in. The goal is not to change the picture, but to get most out of the picture. I'm not going into details of these things, just few general words about them. Read more about these from here:…

Shoot raw!

One thing to do always, if possible, is to shoot in raw format. Not just with sunsets, but always. Raw gives you far better control over the image in post-processing. You can for example tweak the exposure a bit and change the white balance. Read more:…

Curves and levels

Curves and levels are a good way to improve your final image. With slightly s-shaped curve it usually makes the contrasts higher and colors stronger. Read about them from cambridge in color -site.

White balance

One good way to affect the mood of the image is to change the white balance. This can be used to correct the image colors (in case the camera didn't get the white balance right) or perhaps change the colors to be a bit more dramatic. By changing the white balance to lower (colder), you'll get colder (blue) tones and by changing the white balance higher (warmer) you'll get warmer (orange) tones.

You can either change the white balance in-camera or better yet, if you shoot raw, set it afterwards in post-processing.

Red Skies by theFouro
The scene was a bit yellow (and with reddish sky after stacking Cokin filters), but by changing the white balance into colder I was able to make the scene more dramatic.

High Dynamic Range images (HDR)

HDR is a bit controversial subject. While it seems to be extremely popular with the candy colors here in dA, there also are some people who mostly dislike it. Personally I always prefer using filters but there are some occasions where I use HDR myself. If the scene is difficult and there isn't any horizon line, you often have difficulties with filters. Also sometimes I'm just in the mood I want some of the effects HDR brings, so I'll use it. Naturally if you don't have filters, HDR might be your only way to get the balanced exposure between ground and sky.

If you shoot HDR, I would give you three quick advices: Avoid the dull gray HDR's... increase the contrasts with curves if needed. Avoid the overdone HDR-look, especially with colors. I grows old really quick. And last point: remember that it's still photography. Same "rules" still apply: the scene must be interesting enough and composition good (so avoid a situation where the whole idea of the image is the HDR effect).

No Swimming II by theFouro Beyond the Field by theFouro
Left: Unfortunately I didn't have ND grad filter for my 14mm f2.8 lens yet (it has huge front element) so I had to shoot this as HDR.
Middle: Bad use of HDR from me. I could have nailed this view easily with filters and gotten rid of that blue hue in foreground as well.
Right: Wanted to have the surreal HDR look here, also applied strong contrasts with curves tool and some warming filters in Photoshop.

So here you have it, a basic guide to shoot at least a bit better sunsets (well, there might naturally be some areas that I've overlooked). As you can see, it's not rocket science and doesn't require years of experienced (I've been photographing myself for a year only). Anyone can use these with a bit of planning. Also I think there's one message that I didn't state yet but you perhaps can read it between the lines: good sunset photos aren't just sunset photos. They're land/waterscape photos taken during sunset, where the whole scene is interesting and the sunset just gives the finishing touch.

Also if you want to see more sunset photos, check sunsets club. And if you have any questions, you can contact me directly or ask from photography forum:…

Apparel Collection: Sunset Burner

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 1:16 PM

Sunset Burner
Legibly Balanced Design

The celebration of letterforms is a timeless and globally universal art form. When pushed towards the abstract, the individual letters become more about the overall shape than the words they form or meaning. The graphic becomes about the marriage between the whole design and composition and the letterforms seemingly hidden in plain sight.
Contemporary graffiti is often done in this style. As you may know, artistic graffiti is powerful global art movement where artists choose more non-traditional ways to execute pieces and more publicly accessible places to display their artwork. 

This specific piece is done in a linear Wildstyle fashion and symbolizes the wearer’s proclivity for pushing the boundaries of abstraction and taking risks with their work. In this garment, you can feel free to take your style, put it in a blender, and mix it up with your inspirations, influences, surroundings, and emotions. Pour this concoction into a cup and paint with it, do the unexpected, and develop new ways to say things that are perceived as banal. Enjoy the creative explosion! 
There are a million ways to write our comparatively short alphabet. In the art form of graffiti, many fundamental styles have been developed and are universally recognized. In my first rounds of work on this concept, I was really pushing for the letters to be abstract. This piece below really has a lot of energy, but it was really hard to read and was more composed for the rectangular orientation of a sketchbook, not the anatomical features of the body under a shirt. 

The second piece I developed was in a style of letter that is much more legible. This version was conceived on a trip to Art Basel in Miami, where deviantART had a pop-up art gallery. I was able to paint a bunch of graffiti pieces there and sketched a number of different letter styles for the name “deviantART.” 

After many exploratory sketches, I found the right composition, and I wanted to flesh out in color. Of course, there’s a huge difference between hand-drawing a piece based on graffiti style and actually painting a huge beautiful graphic with spray paint. Making this illustration digitally gave me the ability to really explore the colors and attitudes of the letterforms. When painting with cans, you usually hatch your plan and stick to it. No control-Z on the wall ;) 

This was a nice piece, but, if you can believe it, I thought it was almost too legible. Graffiti lettering often has the curse of not having enough Style with a capital S, and I didn’t think this version was up to deviantART’s style standards. I was on the right track, but I needed to head back to the drawing board with a more stylized eye for this graphic. 
At this point, I reached out to one of my favorite artists, sonnywong001, and he gave me some hints on how to push the piece in the right direction. His sketch added on some landing gear, ticks, and letter connectors. It’s always valuable to talk to other artists and get critiques on your work during the working process. A fresh set of eyes can make all the difference when you’ve been staring at so many variations that you’re not sure what to do next. 

I really appreciated his input and wanted to start fresh with his ideas in mind. So, I jumped ship and went for a totally different thought process. The intention of the next version was to make a piece in a Wildstyle lettering where the overall dynamic movement and composition would supersede any hope for legibility. 

I was able to settle on the final outline of the new version’s lettering rather quickly. The color scheme was a whole different story. It took many tries to find a happy medium between too many colors and too few colors, not to mention which hues worked best with each other. Here are six of what felt like 50 colorway attempts. 

After what seemed like an eternity of trying different color combinations, the clear winner emerged, and the sun set on this design process. I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. The Wildstyle lettering is legible after a bit of searching, and the color scheme is reminiscent of a sunset, giving it an overall solid composition. 

Connect with your inner wild style, and wear Sunset Burner with pride. 

When you are browsing through some of the photography communities online including the dA waterscapes gallery you see quite a lot of photographs of sunsets with their photographers wondering why their photographs are not getting the same amount of reaction as others. Most of the time, it has not got anything to do with big trade secrets but actually quite a few simple things you can do to make your sunsets better.

We all started from the beginning where we just took a photo right at the sun that was setting down over the water and that is the typical error in sunset photography and it is knowledge of the composition and how the camera works that can help getting a better photograph.

The first thing is really the composition. If you just set up your camera and take a photo then you will likely only get a photo once in many thousand times. The first thing you want to do is to look at your scene, find out if you have any interesting objects that you could possibly include. The main focus of a sunset scene is not the sun itself, most of the times you don’t even want the sun to be visible but maybe already settled or behind clouds. What you want is the colours in the sky and the colours that then is in your sorroundings. Good foreground elements are always rocks, grass turfs, piers, smaller bridges and alike as they will often lead the eyes into the scene which is always a good thing.

If your sunset scene includes water in it you might want to do either of these two ways depending on how rough the wind and the water is. You either want to freeze the water if the wind is strong and creates some more dramatic waves but if you only have smaller waves or more ripple like; then you probably want to slow down your shutter speed and make the water a little or a lot silky like.

Turn your head the other way
When you are shooting sunsets, don’t forget to turn your head the other way as well, away from the sun itself because it can produce wonderful light behind you that you might fail to notice unless you don’t actually look around you. Even if you have a beautiful condition remember that you might get two if you look again at another place.

Look at the white balance!
This is probably one of the most vital steps. Most sunsets come out very yellowish and tends to be all too warm (this may not be the case if you are using filters however). Make sure you adjust your white balance accordingly to give it a good colour cast because the yellowish is normally not the disired one.

Ideally you always need a tripod to support your camera since you are going to be working with longer shutter speeds that is probably not handholdable. Another good thing to have if you want to level out the exposure of the scene and have all in a good light and not get your foreground silhouetted (also works when bringing out drama in the sky) is a graduated neautral density filter (GND). If you want to make the water appear more silky, you might want to consider a neutral density filter (ND) available in many different grades of darkness, allowing you to slow down the shutter speed of the camera.
When it comes to lenses, you’d usually want a quite wide angle lens (about 18mm digital) or even an ultra wide angle lens (10-20mm range) to get the most of your scene and settings.

Summing it up
So now you have quite a few things to think about the next time you are shooting sunsets; the most vital tip being to hide the sun itself either in the clouds or when it also decended below the horizon as it then will not create a big yellow and ugly blob in the middle of your photograph! Also use your equipment wisely and remember that all other photograph rules, such as the rule of thirds works great in this field as well. Also, nobody likes a horizon that is crooked, they should be straight!
Beautiful photographs I faved in the last 3 weeks :rose:

Balancing Life by IvonaRose Just Breath by phferreira Oh, I gotta run run run by LinaDomina
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On My Way to Believing by mandeelion we're all inner selves. by ContagiousPixie Teaspoons and Afternoons by Genabubbles
my papaver by klamkazapadla crimson by BethMitchell The Vanishing Act. by C4M30

Morning by Tamerlana :thumb172037815: WatchGirl by onixa
So high by dianadades Sunday Afternoon 3 by BenoitPaille

breathing air by onixa Kettle and light by LILY-m hollow and tasteless by illusionality  
me by PandoraSelezneva A Heart of Gold. by C4M30 arise by Sea-of-Ice

:thumb172139900: You left me. .. by addy-ack :thumb172136610:
Rhode Island III by Brettc I n s o m n i a by MarcoHeisler Immersion by Loran31

:thumb173162444: stop. by Katari01

i hope you still remember. by C4M30 la montre by 8o-clock eternity in your hands by 8o-clock
traveller's diary by elalma :thumb170776874: Sea and the Maiden II by SHA-1

Waiting for a big fish by kgeri The end of the earth II by Caatherinee :thumb171918651:
Sunrise Glory by timbodon Fire in the Sky by stormofsilence The Boat by ladyrapid

Paradise Lost by darkmatter257 follow me to the sun by aseenontv i miss by zali26 End of the Summer by guille1701
Rannoch Moor by Emmagowen Palouse Sunset 4 by krovakny Livadaki Beach by puzzleheaded Distant Storm by marianne-lim
We are mice. by Lukreszja Bluegenta. by Amizyolaroid Fairy forest by Marhiao :thumb157399182:

Unlocked Cage by EmiNguyen Hold on by j-vdb golden sea by SabrinaCichy J u n g l e by StefanieSauer
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:thumb141281299: the rabbitsons. by perhydrol the sea by Zaratops
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:thumb138835055: sad violin thing by mymadeleine all those years of emptiness by Meerwasser
homemade V by suckcess :thumb126468385: :thumb140180293:
widower by Pretty-As-A-Picture November by albertopoloianez zapach wrzatku by lans-bejbe
Wood Fairy by growtrees back by nikolinelr whatnot by optical-flare
:thumb119331509: Axel by NOSTARWARS red wine. by plasticmargot
West by albertopoloianez :thumb94305529: :thumb120097517:
room by myhhy gomolyag by pindur :thumb123548667:
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Rain by albertopoloianez :thumb148590371: :thumb130681695:

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Sovmorgon by WrappedUpInBooks
2046 by nylonjuvenile let the light in. by musicandphotography
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no by kieubaska

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blue morning by prismes
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:thumb64776075: Kenny hellcat by Your-Testosteron lights by perhydrol
lover by majkol waves of joy by zhenianja countess_11 by MotyPest
white light by veftenie trainy morning by optical-flare .w by SnjezanaJosipovic
mari by optical-flare :thumb139884985: __________ by nylonjuvenile
Daughter of freedom by iNeedChemicalX We Had Everything by DeBally

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Sunsets and sunrises. Probably one of the most photographed events. However A good sunset is hard to achieve. Especially one that stands out from the rest.
Of course everybody sees a sunset and sunrise differently. Some people paint it while some photograph it. So here is a tribute to some of the best sunsets and sunrises on DA. Found in multiple ways.
Mesa Arch Sunrise II by Nate-Zemansky streaker by birdysplat36th: Ambar by MaestroTomberiEarly Morning Jog by zombieguyAn experience... by zazamixSome Velvet Morning.. by DeepKicksweet sunrise by werolTequila sunrise by foureyes.: Sunrise in Paradise :. by bosniakRedang Sunrise by OrangeBreadPerpetual Sunrise by kobrakai51Misty Sunrise by RoieGWild Sunflowers of the Sunrise by kkartsunrise impression by werolSummer Sunrise by jjuuhhaaSunrise in a Bottle by wb-skinnerSunrise 2... by sergey1984
As sure as the sun. by DeepKickWarm Welcome by tiniaSunset by TrollGirl:thumb47243957:Greek sun set by sadik18A Spoon Full of Sugar... by YukiMizunoSpear the Sun by shutterbug226My Town by InLightImagery:thumb65581789:Wayward Sunset by CultOfZenithbroken barrier by studpupInto the sunset by KvikkenNorwegian Sunset by UrbanStreetSunset by scuroluceHeaven and Hell by jay-peg:thumb66480278:JustAnotherSunset by 99xSunset over Bucharest II by Luke-roLauttasaari IV by theFouroGo West by Vividlight:thumb65088470:The Sunset by YaninahHarbor Sunset 1 by TArthurSmithDark Ahead I. by medvehWinters End... by addr010:thumb65306722:Dragon Cloud by e-CJThe Harbour Bridge by psychorchestra:thumb61961392:Within Peace by sakuranovoLake Cumberland by InLightImageryFrozen :e:motions by Inebriantia

So many beautiful ways people see a sunrise an sunset.

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sun sets daily.. love never by sinanTR Maybe Next Time He'll Think by cowboyB0B Burning Dusk by Passion4Photos A Sunset Story Chapter 7 by Lonnieatk acquarelle by YannickDellapina DSC06799 by danielcardoso FIRST RAYS OF A NEW MORNING by Kittihawk11 Sunset in Kos '09 by KerovinBlack :thumb129921035: MERCURIAL SKY by Kittihawk11 Late Night Walk.. by NorwegianAnette :thumb126791694: Oil Painting In The Sky by o0oLUXo0o A Peaceful Easy Feeling by Misty2007 All Gas and Cloud by photonig Toolangi Sunset by Bjay70 fierce by dreadedhippie Queen in sunset by Doukhi Amber Sunset by Kittihawk11 Wrath of Fiery by xJ-ahvone Inbetween Lavender by cfoto :thumb140870391: Roaming Clouds by o0oLUXo0o Sunset by chocopple Glow Of A Late Evening Dusk by kkart :thumb134466972: Rasarit la Tampa Brasov - HDR by vxside A Sunset Story Chapter 2 by Lonnieatk A Country Evening by dove-51 :thumb134472028:One Last Smile by gold-rose  RED SUNSET by Kittihawk11 Another Sundown At The Park by TThealer56 :thumb137009465: SEPTEMBER SUNSET by Kittihawk11 Sunrise in New Orleans 1 by Kicks02 Sailor's Warning by Kittihawk11 :thumb137438631: :thumb126361707: :thumb138445918: :thumb135751730: :thumb141651008: Red Sky At Night.... by TThealer56 :thumb142069064:
seagulls... by rodgahSonvanger by Ansie-AnsJust Some Kid by Kicks02:thumb88963228::thumb52163878:For Krysal by AmersillMyKindaFlavour by Chapter43Seabirds by Doumanissunset 5 by qtwendy:thumb63428477::thumb80775155::thumb86115659:BETWEEN DAY AND NIGHT by gordonraeViolent Crimson Evening by FramedByNatureMar, 30, 2006, sunset by WaveChaserHispanos por la paz... by OttokeesReflection pt. 14 by SchneeengelSunset Of The Age by Alexandru1988:thumb78886500:Heavy Sky by SortvindEvening by Argai89Kiss From the Sun by thegratefulredsky of fire by ariseandrejoice:thumb33951660:Sunset 1 by GabOrcinusCoucher de soleil ... by MarconapfChimera by ArathrimKarate Kid by djpelucafading away by morpepper:thumb59847853:Childhood 2 by itash:thumb71642548:Wow... I saw a sunset by crimsonbroCanyon Sunset by The-Violet-LotusEven More Sunsets 1 by djupton68Sunset by CarlaSophiaTroubled Waters by lowapproachOur Real God... by DragonInk7:thumb79554102:
Starlight is Sunset's Mother by Loving-Brony
 "The Season 5 premier was pretty awesome to watch, and it really surprised me to see that the villain of the episodes was actually Starlight Glimmer. Wait a minute? Starlight... GLIMMER?! Is... Is it me or does that last name sound very familiar and very similar to somepony else's name?..."

 Hey guys and gals, mares and stallions, it's me, Loving Brony, and I just wanted to tell you all that there was something I just realized after watching the Season 5 premier of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and I started to make a theory about it as well. So, let's get this theory started, shall we? Enjoy! :D

THEORY: Is Starlight Glimmer the Mother of Sunset Shimmer?

Sunset Glimmer Mother by Loving-Brony

First thing's first, let's describe both of their names and on how similar both their names look...
Names by Loving-Brony
Notice how their last names rhyme? Glimmer and Shimmer. Also, Starlight and Sunset, both of those names have to do with the sky as well. Sunset is when the sun is about to go down for the night and it makes the sky red, orange, and yellowish. And Starlight is basically another descriptive word for the sky at the nighttime. Coincident?

Now, let's talk about their appearances...

Their colors may look different from each other, Sunset Shimmer is basically warm colors, and Starlight Glimmer is basically cool colors, but that wouldn't really mean they aren't related to each other. For example, look at Pinkie Pie compared to her whole family... Most of her family are grayish-like colors and there's pinkie pie all pink and stuff, but yet, they're all related...

Pie Family Portrait by masemj
(Credit to :iconmasemj: for art)

So, there can still be a chance that Starlight Glimmer and Sunset Shimmer can be related. In fact, at least, they both have stripes that are different colors in their manes. So, Striped mane hair, which can be a possible gene for how they're both related. Also, they are both unicorns as well. So, more proof on how they can be related.

Starlight Sunset 2 by Loving-Brony
Now, let's talk about on how Starlight Glimmer can be a Mother and how Sunset Shimmer can be her daughter...

First of all, if you have watched any of the Equestria Girls movies, you'll notice how the setting of the other world where the ponies are humans is based off of a high school, right? It is most-likely that kids at age 14-18 go to high school. And if Sunset Shimmer is considered a student at the high school, then she must still be a teenager then. It would make sense because she and Twilight Sparkle look about the same age (in my opinion), and when Twilight went into the human world, she was considered a student at the high school as well. And for Starlight Glimmer, on how she can be a Mother, is because she looks more of an adult and a little more older than the Mane Six. And it wouldn't make much sense if a young-teenaged mare was able to take over a village and be considered the founder of the village either, especially since all the other villagers are adults. Plus, compared to their voices, Sunset Shimmer does sound a little younger than Starlight Glimmer. So, Starlight Glimmer has to be an adult for sure. And Sunset Shimmer has to be a teenager for sure. So, are you starting to get the feeling that this theory can be a possible fact or something?

Now, let's talk about their personalities/actions and how they are both similar to each others. First off, Starlight Glimmer basically took the village she was said to be founder of the villager (It was another villager that said that she was the founder in the episode, and I bet he was brainwashed by her and now he's thinking she is the founder) and later on in the episodes, (I think she did, can't quite remember) she say wanted to try to get all ponies in Equestria to go to the village, so she can steal their cutie marks, so she would have a chance to take over all of Equestria. But, Sunset Shimmer wanted to do the same thing only in a different way by stealing Twilight's crown, so she can make the humans in the other world into zombies and she said that wanted to take her army of the zombies into Equestria, so she can take over Equestria.

Mommy by Loving-Brony
(Credit to :iconelsia-pony: for vector)

So, what if a dozen years ago, Starlight Glimmer was planning on how she was going to try to take over Equestria, but she was getting distracted by Sunset Shimmer since Sunset would of been too young to understand what Starlight was trying to do. And Starlight Glimmer would often abuse Sunset Shimmer for distracting her from trying to take over Equestria and then, she sent Sunset Shimmer to live in Canterlot all by herself and to go to school there as well, which would explain how Princess Celestia said she was a student of hers just like Twilight Sparkle is (since Twilight went to school at Canterlot as well) but Sunset wasn't the best student that Celestia ever had, and it would explain on why Sunset Shimmer was so mean and evil and such a bully at the school in the other world, because Starlight Glimmer is evil as well and she possibly abused Sunset Shimmer when she was young, which made her a bully because it is most-likely that anyone who's a bully had parents that abused them when they were young. And during the time when Starlight Glimmer was abusing Sunset Shimmer when she was younger, what if Starlight kept yelling to Sunset Shimmer, "I'm trying to take over all of Equestria!" So, what if one of the real reasons why Sunset Shimmer stole Twilight's crown and made the humans in the other world into zombies and she wanted to take her army of the zombies into Equestria to take it over, is so that she can impress her Mother, Starlight Glimmer, and get Starlight Glimmer to love her again. Also, since Starlight Glimmer believes in her own kind of friendship, what if she taught Sunset Shimmer when she was younger, about her own kind of friendship, and when Sunset Shimmer went to the school in Canterlot, what if one of the real reasons why she ran away into the other world a few years ago, is because she didn't want to hear about the same kind of friendship Princess Celestia taught Twilight Sparkle, that was different than what the kind of friendship Starlight Glimmer taught her when she was young. Also, Starlight Glimmer may have taught Sunset Shimmer on stealing when she was young as well, which would explain why Sunset Shimmer steals Twilight's crown, and why Starlight Glimmer steals other ponies' cutie marks. Also, notice how both Starlight Glimmer and Sunset Shimmer didn't want to give up easily. Starlight Glimmer tried to run away with the Mane Six's cutie marks and throw them in the caves that they would never be found in, and Sunset Shimmer kept trying to get Twilight kicked out of the competition and savaged Twilight from winning her crown. And at the end, Sunset Shimmer started understanding the real kind of friendship from the Mane Six, that her possible Mother Starlight Glimmer never could have taught her when she was young. 

So far, this theory would explain why Starlight Glimmer never mentions Sunset Shimmer because Sunset kept distracting her possible Mother from her plans to take over Equestria and she hated her own possible daughter so much that she sent her to the school in Canterlot and she never wanted to hear anyone about her daughter ever again. And it would also explain why Sunset Shimmer never mentions Starlight Glimmer (I know, Starlight Glimmer wasn't made during the time Rainbow Rocks was released) because of all her memories of how Starlight Glimmer was abusing her and she wanted to keep it personal to herself.

Another thing is what if the in the first Equestria Girls movie, what if one of the other reasons why Sunset Shimmer always gave Twilight Sparkle the dirtiest looks and why she was angry when Twilight join the competition with her is because Twilight always reminds Sunset Shimmer of her Mother, Starlight Glimmer, because on how both Twilight and Starlight look very similar as far as colors, if you ask me?

Starlight Twilight by Loving-Brony

So, umm... any other conclusions, anyone? Could this theory be a possible fact? Could Starlight Glimmer really be the Mother of Sunset Shimmer?

All that I know is that this theory could possibly lead us to a possible clue of the Season 5 finale, maybe? 'Cause to me, I have a feeling that Starlight Glimmer won't come back until the Season 5 finale possibly. And it would be amazing if Sunset Shimmer could come to Equestria for an actual episode and not only appear in just the Equestria Girls Movies, so we could possibly find out if they are related to each other or not.

So, what do you think about this theory? Good? Bad? Makes sense? Needs some improvements? Anything?

Please tell me in the comments below, and don't forget, if you really enjoyed and like this theory that I made, please be sure you hit that favorite button please and thank you! And if you want to, please share this with your friends to see what they think about this theory if it makes sense or not. :D

Also, may I ask if there's possible ways on how I could get this featured on Equestria Daily? I would love to see my theory get featured in Equestria Daily, if it's possible. :D

Thank you so much for reading! :iconfluttershywinkplz:

See you all later! :bye:

-Loving Brony :iconloving-brony:

It seems many of the photographers here on DA are obsessed with sunsets, but then again it seems the community at large loves the gentle rainbow of colours of enlightens the sky when the sun finally sets. These are some of fabulous shots of sunsets by DA's photography community:

Sunset by RaVeN-82   Sunset III by xMEGALOPOLISx   sunset in the little harbour by kovalvs
   Desert Sunset by ahff   Crows at Sunset II by Solkku
:thumb22421935:   Sunset by AntiSpy   the warm sunset by ssilence
sunset... by Eikka   The sunset 2 by Puggen   the cold sunset by ssilence
sunset by thexlook   Sunset on Antalya by bosniak    Left Coast Sunset 005 by hfpierson
a Boat at the Sunset by jjuuhhaa   Sunset Meditation by Solkku   Sunset by Lemonwedge
sunset 3 by Puggen   Sunset-Stock by MissyStock   Cold Sunset by jjuuhhaa
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:thumb26381333:      Sunset by sergey1984
November Sunset by scotto   Australian Sunset by eswanson    The cold sunset by mightyflup
the sunset by tihku   renmark sunset by elementality    :thumb56099189:
Dusty Sunset by AntiSpy   Verdugo Mountain Sunset by AndySerrano   Just Beyond The Sunset by jotamyg
Sunset by giacomoburattini   :thumb17045109:   Greetsiel Sunset by caro77
Sunset by JACAC   sunset by Shaia    
Sunset by CarlaSophia      The Sunset by SoulKyumetai
Sunset by 54ka    Coate Water at Sunset III by GMCPhotographics   Humber Sunset by richardjohngreen
Sunset on the beach by Sona26   Into the Sunset by metallilan   We'll Dance Inside the sun by Jodmiester