A Sunset Well Worth The Effort

Sunset, Lake Geneva, Switzerland

We had a great sunset in Geneva yesterday, which unfortunately coincided with my journey home from the office. I was kicking myself that I didn’t have a camera. The clouds were fantastic, lighting up pink and orange in every direction. I knew exactly the spot for some good shots, I just had to hustle a bit!

After some light jogging and questionable jaywalking I made it home and out again to my favourite spot just in time. This is definitely one of the best locations I’ve found for shooting around Lake Geneva, with plenty of great opportunities for interesting compositions that include the famous Jet d’Eau.

In the mad rush I didn’t have time for my tripod, which is a shame because this shot is plagued a bit by the high ISO I had to shoot at in order to get a practical shutter speed for a handheld shot. I think the best of the light had passed by this point, but I still managed to capture the moment. And I’ll be sure to take my tripod next time!

Have you ever rushed to capture a shot before the moment passed? Maybe you’ve seen a great sunset recently? I’d love to hear from you!

11 thoughts on “A Sunset Well Worth The Effort

  1. ivyon

    Have I rushed to get my photo? I am running always πŸ˜€
    Since I love to take photos of sunsets, I am really almost always running or walking fast, you know how important is every second… I just know that I want to capture the light on the clouds in the delicate minutes before they turn blue…
    Oh and btw, home? Yes! Now I can make my cloud post one day next week that I promised to do, I was surfing through my photos and found my “to-go” ones. πŸ˜‰ Welcome back. πŸ™‚

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    1. Ben Post author

      Haha, I know what you mean. It’s so much fun shooting the sunset, and such a challenge with the colours changing all of the time. It’s the most beautiful experience to watch the sun disappear over the horizon. There’s nothing quite like it πŸ™‚ I’ll look forward to seeing your clouds!

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      1. ivyon

        Definitely.. I agree with you. And I’m happy that you’re excited to see my photos of clouds, I didn’t want to make the post while you were away because you know..traveling..and stuff. You maybe couldn’t even see it because you had no internet and ect.. I don’t have time now, but I will pingback to you when I do put them ( I have to put logo of my blog and resize all of them – my way of deling with internet stealing XD )

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  2. SPFischer

    Never really rushed (as I’ve not yet focused on capturing surises/sunsets), but there are plenty of times when I haven’t been able to take a shot because I was behind the wheel of my car (yup, even while driving, I’m constantly looking for the unexpected or unique in everyday things – well, at least when I’m on the open road or traffic is not heavy!). I just tell myself I’m training my photographer’s eye πŸ˜€ In any event, your photo of the sunset is sublime. The colors, the clarity, the reflection of the sunset in the water in the background – I feel as if I was watching it in real time. Thanks so much for sharing it.

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Stacy! That’s just the feeling I was going for πŸ™‚ I have the same feeling whenever I’m in the car too, although often I’m not the one driving. Probably a good job as I’d be stopping every 5 minutes and we’d never get anywhere! I definitely think it’s good training for the eye! Especially with all of those lovely leading lines created by the road before you.

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  3. twoblackdoggies

    Another stunning shot, the colour and light work beautifully together to create a really an atmosphere of quiet and reflection. The noise is not noticeable until you enlarge the image and I don’t think it detracts from the photo at all.

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    1. Ben Post author

      It was such a perfect scene, and I love these spots for the quiet. Listening to the boats bob up and down in the water is quite relaxing, especially at sunset! Good to know the noise isn’t a problem, thanks! πŸ™‚

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  4. amandarenee0224

    ha! I’m always running and rushing to grab that “magic” moment. I picture it in my head just the way I want it to look. I’m sure people think I’m crazy…oh well! πŸ™‚ I’d never heard of the Jet d’Eau, but love that you caught it in this shot. Love the colors from the sunset, and the compositions is excellent. You’re a real pro under pressure! It was great to see your photo in the weekly challenge! Keep up the awesome work!

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Amanda. That doesn’t sound crazy to me, I know just what you mean! The Jet is a great subject for photos, although I find it generally works better in the background of a shot rather than the sole focus. The Weekly Photo Challenge came as a bit of a surprise to me! But I was honoured to be asked by WordPress and hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to do it again in the future.

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