On this Friday I had just completed a few errands when I arrived home around 4:15 p.m. I didn’t have anything planned except for a cole slaw dinner. The sky was filled with some spectacular altocumulus clouds. I thought — “Hmmm, there might be a spectacular and colorful sunset in the next hour. I should probably be at my favorite beach in about 30 minutes with my tripod and camera.” And thoughts turned into deeds. I was standing at the edge of the Pacific Ocean by 5 p.m. My bare feet and tripod were subject to occasional shallow and wet surges, but I braved the El Nino onslaught and clicked away.
The sunset was indeed fantastic. There were a couple of dozen beach visitors around taking pictures, and even a “pro” or two with tripods. As darkness develops and the beach empties, that is when the photography gets even better, as I can try longer and longer exposures, drawing out the deep colors of the sky and waters.