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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:…
The votes are in, and Sunrises & Sunsets has won!!! Deviantart is full of talented photographers who have captured the true beauty of natures change from night to day, and day into night. Here are some of my ultimate favorite sunsets and sunrises, from some amazing artists!

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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!
As already promised now it is time to start a new contest. Most of you have chosen the theme Sunrises & Sunsets and most of you decided that already uploaded pictures can be submitted also. So let’s go! :-)

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Silhouetted 2 by sanitynvrfoundme Aflame by sanitynvrfoundme Traveler's Sunset 2 by sanitynvrfoundme Traveler's Sunset by sanitynvrfoundme Sunrise by Little-Dreamer :thumb127063065: :thumb122801173: :thumb122801888: :thumb123067275: Sunset by eblink Egret Sunset by poetcrystaldawn Hveravellir by Aphantopus Pulsatilla vulgaris III by Aphantopus :thumb129610587: to get there by tonigtisourlastdance dark times ahead by tonigtisourlastdance ..:: Coming back ::.. by firegold Sunrise by firegold serendra sunset by paige-dccm Chase This Light by kurosakii Look Up by SweetSacrificeTM Bright by SweetSacrificeTM What a beautiful mornin' 1 by GildedTiger Nose Hill by GildedTiger Sunset in Victoria by roryrobot Yellow Haze by roryrobot :thumb118128476: :thumb118125317: :thumb104887849: The Sun about to set by Saswat777 Sunset at my home by Saswat777 Willow by jva3 Orange II by jva3 Sunset for Two by Skinno-1 :thumb121836736: silhouetted by behindyoureyes Sunset. by MaliciousMarine Sunset2 by MaliciousMarine Windows to the World by SavvyLiz Just Married by SavvyLiz Miami Sunrise by SavvyLiz Sidmouth at sunset by Betweenthetwilight Exmouth at Sunset by Betweenthetwilight Thunderstorm over Hurricane by Katzilla13 Aegle by AglioPh0bia Capri Sunset by Katzilla13 Sky on Fire by Katzilla13 BURN BURN BURN by xblackxbloodxcellx in green by xblackxbloodxcellx In purple by xblackxbloodxcellx Good Love Is On The Way i by Hoppe92 Fields of Gold I by Hoppe92 sunset.. by blu-ish Fire on the Horizon by MichelleRamey :thumb89788901: Framed by MichelleRamey Victory by MichelleRamey Plane by MichelleRamey Fire In The Sky by ccjade Morning Sunrise by ccjade Photographers Delight by ccjade :thumb118912073: Fire in the sky by LookingGlassArt Bright by LookingGlassArt Burning by LookingGlassArt Colors of Heaven by Liojen sunrise by Houlton Burning sky by AleckJo Outbound by the-sashimi-frog It's Another Tequila Sunset by the-sashimi-frog Fields of gold by Vegasbride Make it Rain by Wannabe-Angel Sunset No.2 by MiLExiS Sunset by MiLExiS Dock Under the Sunset by Skinno-1 :thumb88079692: Horseshoe Bend Sunset HDR 2 by Karl-B Tranquility by SarahJPhotography Clouded Sunrise by Huskrfreak88 A New Day by Huskrfreak88 Arizona Sunset 1 by Huskrfreak88 Arizona Sunset 1 by Huskrfreak88 :thumb114820208: From my roof top II by Arcius-Azrael Train Crossing in Sunset by Arcius-Azrael Heavenly by rtistic-Photo :thumb86549889: :thumb128315564: Sunset by Free-StyL3 :thumb125193906: :thumb128969318: And there's gold by downpoured Beach Front by WoodenOx Sunset I by black---and---white :thumb74507283: :thumb92435380: Anger in the night. by summer-days-grief Aegean Evenings by farukyaz Balandra Sunrise by sarirah A Burning Beyond Dreams by sarirah Building in construction by AlexandreGuilbeault High Desert Mountain Sunset by BeachGirlNikita The Mountain Eating the Sun by BeachGirlNikita The End of It by BeachGirlNikita :thumb88674246: Ablaze by sturm Straw silhouette by sturm Sunset in Tuscany by sturm Pacific Sunset by tuftedpuffin Breaking Dawn by EllaryRose Sunset Run by EllaryRose :thumb89334558: :thumb89547503: Through branches by SteelAtlas Silhouettes of Industry by SteelAtlas Orange glow by SteelAtlas Walking in my shoes by DianaGrigore Cape Meares Lighthouse by kejeki Sky on Fire by kejeki :thumb101071631: Yellow through gold by Approaching-Day Rocky Shore by Approaching-Day Sunset Harbour HDR_improved by Approaching-Day Der goldene Herbst by inmc Sunset. by encore352 twins 2 by Peanut-Olive Watercolored Waves by Kate419882 Orange by Kate419882 Glow by Kate419882 Ceiling2 by Kate419882 leisure of musician by atut against the light by atut nature breathes by atut :thumb72767052: :thumb76007303: :thumb113670961: :thumb123137014: ...+Landscapes+...01 by 0-Akascha-0 The Sun's Death Kiss by Emerald-Depths Ocean by arevook lazy afternoon by arevook Sunset by narutokunobessed Let It Be by Psychadellic Winter Skeletons by Catherine-Elenore Sunset in Contrast Revisited by Catherine-Elenore
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
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
:thumb171452355: :thumb167923487: :thumb173180147: Zoe 1 by Katoman

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. 

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.

Please fav this if you love it:)
And make sure to check out these incredible artists galleries.
:thumb141281299: the rabbitsons. by perhydrol the sea by Zaratops
:thumb136220755: :thumb142148713: Oh for Pete's sake by AuroraZola
: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:
Untitled 532 by ErosTurranos rrugorrr by muszka
Rain by albertopoloianez :thumb148590371: :thumb130681695:

Mature Content

Sovmorgon by WrappedUpInBooks
2046 by nylonjuvenile let the light in. by musicandphotography
:thumb118927158: She's Always by Dration :thumb123374545:
suddenlyyourenotthereanymore12 by hip-possible :thumb148294202:
:thumb65984270: :thumb140693309: the reader by soyarte
no by kieubaska

Mature Content

blue morning by prismes
ice cream anyone? by frenzforbenefit Void by czas

Mature Content

killed road by NickTassone

Had a Sweetheart by chachfeedshollywood :thumb82734194: a list of memories by a-sullen-girl
:thumb132003087: Sundays II by Toeps
tela by TakkYou Icelandic elfania and pufania by Kontuzyta I think you are amazing by LondonBreakfast
: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

_303 by Hp1:bulletblack: