Sunset Pictures, My Personal Collection

Sunset in South Carolina during the wild fires
Sunset in South Carolina during the wild fires | Source
Sunset in South Carolina during the wild fires
Sunset in South Carolina during the wild fires | Source

The sunset has always mesmerized me to the point of infatuation; I find it much easier to capture a sunset, than a sunrise, only because I'm rarely up early enough to catch a sunrise, and even if I am up that early, I usually grab a cup of coffee instead of the camera. I have been snapping shots of sunsets since I was a kid, but only on a few occasions was I able to capture the true beauty with a point and shoot camera.

Today, I will share with you the beautiful vivid colors I've captured on that evening when I was in the right place at the right time. Sometimes I had to make it happen, rushing to a spot because my time was so limited. Trying to take pictures of a sunset is completely based on timing, the window of opportunity is very limited, you only have about 15 minutes, but if you time it just right, the results are stunning! I carry my camera with me wherever I go, just in case the moments arise.

The sunsets seen here are from different parts of the United Sates and some Caribbean islands, none of them are touched up or altered in any way, they are original photos and are taken with a Fuji Finepix S 5200 Digital Camera, it has a 10x optical zoom with a 40x digital zoom. I like the camera, it's easy to use and if I set it up right and have proper lighting, my pictures come out awesome, but I'll let you be the judge of that.

Sunset Cruise out of Tin City Florida

This sunset was the most unusual sunset I have ever taken pictures of at the ocean, and I think they were my personal best. The sun was hot, and not a cloud in the sky. It is amazing how fast the sun goes down, every 15 seconds you can take another picture and everything has changed.

In these photos the sun looks like it is melting into the ocean, as the sun touched the water, it was like a lava lamp, the bottom of the sun mushroomed out as if the water was melting it. The crowd on the boat was whistling and yelling "show me the spark," I quickly changed the camera mode from picture to video, and took a video of the last 4 seconds as the sun dipped under a wave, I was hoping to catch the green spark everyone talks about, but my luck ran out, maybe next time.

After the sun set, we headed back in, and as we were cruising into the channel, I walked to the back of the boat and snapped a few shots of the palm trees hanging off a peninsula, as we turned the corner the palm trees were darkened in a golden sunset, it was truly a sunset cruise to remember.

Sunset Cruise out of Tin City Forida

Sunset cruise out of Tin City Florida
Sunset cruise out of Tin City Florida | Source
The boat is stopping the sun from going down.
The boat is stopping the sun from going down. | Source
It looks like the boat is towing the sun.
It looks like the boat is towing the sun. | Source
This is when the phenomenon happens!
This is when the phenomenon happens! | Source
The bottom of the sun mushrooms out as it sinks into the ocean.
The bottom of the sun mushrooms out as it sinks into the ocean. | Source
Like the wax in a lava lamp.
Like the wax in a lava lamp. | Source
Almost gone!
Almost gone! | Source
Waiting for the green spark!
Waiting for the green spark! | Source
The palms turn dark with a golden sunset backdrop.
The palms turn dark with a golden sunset backdrop. | Source
Just hanging out.
Just hanging out. | Source

Early June Sunset

Driving home after my daughters softball game one night, I noticed the sky was starting to burn up with color. I needed a place to take a few good pictures and I found a hot spot. That evening the sunset was fire red like I had never seen before, it was early June and the temperature was about 80 deg. The park was just ahead and I knew I didn't have much time, I driving a bit crazy just for a sunset, but it was worth it.

The sun hung over the city of Manchester in a ball of fire; I'm surprised you can't see flames jumping from the sun in these pictures. The pictures speak for themselves, there were a few clouds drifting in front of the sun that night which made the pictures even more dramatic. I had heard of the camera cards melting if you expose it to direct sunlight for too long, and I thought "this is the night!" but everything was fine and I had some awesome shots.

Early June Sunset

On my way home from my daughters softball game, the sky started to turn orange and I knew I didn't have much time.
On my way home from my daughters softball game, the sky started to turn orange and I knew I didn't have much time. | Source
Hanging over the city of Manchester
Hanging over the city of Manchester | Source
The clouds create and dramatic change in colors.
The clouds create and dramatic change in colors. | Source
I'm surprised you can't see fire spitting from the edges.
I'm surprised you can't see fire spitting from the edges. | Source
Photo taken without any zoom.
Photo taken without any zoom. | Source
Mesmerizing!
Mesmerizing! | Source

Sunset in St Lucia

The sunsets in St Lucia were not that impressive, in fact, it almost looks cold, but that's not the case, it was extremely humid and oppressive. The sunset here was just very unique, not much color but ominous, dark gray and creepy like something you would see in January in the Canadian sky. I caught a snapshot with it going behind a palm tree just to prove we were in the tropics, which I thought was cool.

Sunset in St Lucia

This sunset look cold in St Lucia.
This sunset look cold in St Lucia. | Source
Hiding behind the palms
Hiding behind the palms | Source
Very creepy!
Very creepy! | Source
Peeking through the trees
Peeking through the trees | Source

Sunset in the Valley of Fire, Nevada

This set of pictures was breath taking as we watched unfold in the desert. We had been driving all day with the kids, no GPS at the time, and no clue of where we were going, not very smart on our part but everything turned out alright with no one getting hurt. We found a natural rock arch in the Valley of Fire. It was the coolest day in Nevada; it was hot, but very cool. The sun started to set and we were standing on this mountain of red rock, the clouds covered the horizon blocking the sunset, but the sun had another plan!

As the sun set below the mountains the clouds had small holes in them, one by one, the beams of sunlight started poking through as if the sun was melting the clouds, the holes in the clouds kept multiplying, each snapshot was a different view, it was incredible to watch this unfold right before our eyes, and I had never seen this display from Mother Nature before that day or since that day. The pictures are real as real can get, no photo shop here, just a raw set of photos.

Sunset in the Valley of Fire, Nevada

I didn't have a clue about what was about to happen.
I didn't have a clue about what was about to happen. | Source
The sun was setting, and holes kept opening up in the clouds.
The sun was setting, and holes kept opening up in the clouds. | Source
This show lasted about 20 minutes.
This show lasted about 20 minutes. | Source
Every minute that past opened a new hole in the clouds.
Every minute that past opened a new hole in the clouds. | Source
The sun burst were incredible!
The sun burst were incredible! | Source
Unique after every passing minute.
Unique after every passing minute. | Source
The sun rays acting like a peacocks feathers, attracting me to its beauty.
The sun rays acting like a peacocks feathers, attracting me to its beauty. | Source
Absolutely stunning show
Absolutely stunning show | Source

Sunset Pictures at Marco Island Florida

My son and I were returning from a long walk on the beach at Marco Island. The sun was setting and the moon was rising, we were caught between two natural beauties, my son love both as much as I do, so we had some quality time that day. As we walked along the beach the sunset was like a canvas of water colors, the clouds looked like splatter paint with changing colors every second. Every picture was unique, and filled with colors of the rainbow. The show lasted about a half hour, and we let the magnificence wash all over us like the smell of a new car on a test drive, it was amazing.

Sunset Pictures at Marco Island Florida

It started with blue skies and an average sunset.
It started with blue skies and an average sunset. | Source
Nothing special.
Nothing special. | Source
Then it started to burst into extreme color and light!
Then it started to burst into extreme color and light! | Source
Everything seem to be moving so fast, clouds shuffling everywhere!
Everything seem to be moving so fast, clouds shuffling everywhere! | Source
The clouds would lighten up for a few seconds.
The clouds would lighten up for a few seconds. | Source
Then start to darken again.
Then start to darken again. | Source
It was a beautiful display of colors and movement, symphony like, with the waves breaking against the beach as the music
It was a beautiful display of colors and movement, symphony like, with the waves breaking against the beach as the music | Source
The clouds begin to break up
The clouds begin to break up | Source
The transformation from orange and yellow to pink...WOW!
The transformation from orange and yellow to pink...WOW! | Source
Then to hot pink.
Then to hot pink. | Source
The colors disappear.
The colors disappear. | Source
We are left with a silver lining, very cool!
We are left with a silver lining, very cool! | Source

Just Driving Home Sunset

Just driving home one night I had notice the sky turning bright yellow and orange, I just happen to be driving past a well known river in NH. I pulled over and the shots were incredible, pictures really don't do the sky justice that night. The sky was extremely bright as if a storm were approaching, the clouds hovering above were very dark, but the sun had a way of lighting all the edges like a neon light, each picture revealed a different fold in each cloud. As we watch in awe, the sun light dimmed, we slowly watched the beauty drift away, never to be seen again. I was grateful to have witnessed this phenomenon, this sky that had shown me 15 minutes of beauty has been burned into my memory, I could lose the pictures forever, but I could never forget that evening.

Just Driving Home Sunset

It seemed like there was a storm approaching.
It seemed like there was a storm approaching. | Source
The reflection off the water was amazing!
The reflection off the water was amazing! | Source
Everything surrounding me was the color of the sky.
Everything surrounding me was the color of the sky. | Source
The sky looked like hot molten lava!
The sky looked like hot molten lava! | Source

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Sunset Video

I have put together this video just for you, it has a few more sunsets that are not in the hub, and I added a little music. When you watch the video, notice the sunset pictures on the Tin City Sunset Cruise, at the end of those photos, I added the short video clip as the sun set below the horizon, I was hoping for the green spark, but no spark, just very cool to watch and listen to how excited the crowd was.

I hope you enjoyed my sunset pictures, please leave me a comment, and let me know what you think. I enjoyed putting this together for you as much as I enjoyed taking the pictures. I had a chance to reminisce and relive the days when I had the chance to witness the awesome beauty that surrounds us, the beauty that some people are too busy to notice, I have captured it here, for you to enjoy.

Sunset Video

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Morena88 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great photos! Sunsets are one of my favourite things to photograph as well. I especially love it when there are clouds. Great hub! :)


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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you Morena, I have lots of pictures that I have never shared with anyone except family and friends, now with the contest I thought it would be nice to share them, so I'm going to share them through my hubs. I love pictures of the sun, moon, natural landscapes, flowers, anything that can tell a story or create inspiration, sometime a simple object can create curiosity when looking through the lens. Thanks for the comment :) And yes, the clouds create drama, without them, there's not much color.


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desertlab 5 years ago

Wow! Nice photos, seems you are a professional photographer. Amazing snapshots! Nice...


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dinkan53 5 years ago from India

Most of the photographers(those who are interested in photography) have their own collection of sunset photos. You got talent, excellent photos. remember one of the quotes, “When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.”

? George R.R. Martin


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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

You're right ByChance TV, it does look like it's setting.Yes, Love the deep red sun! Thank you.


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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

@ deserlab, I am humbled by your kind words, thank you and I'm glad you like them.

@ dinkan53, Love the quote, we had a power outage a few weeks ago, when the sun went down, I felt lost, even with candles, I now know why the farmers went to bed so early when there was no electricity, lol. Thank you for the kind words of inspiration.


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brittanytodd 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Just beautiful! Great hub and photos! Voted up and followed. Can't wait to read/see more.


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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you brittanytodd, Yes I have more pictures I will be sharing, thanks for the vote :)


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moonfairy 5 years ago

all I can say is wow.stunning photos. as I looked at them I felt myself trying to absorb their beauty, like I was drinking a cup of sunset. You've got amazing talent, and I think the sunsets like you as much as you like them, they put on an amazing show for you!!!!


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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

moonfairy, Thank you. I have an affinity for sunsets for whatever reason and I just can't get enough. I'm sure I will go blind one day because of my attraction to them, lol. Thanks, glad you like them.


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hi Eddie, I loved looking at your sunset photos, and reading how you have loved taking photos since such a young age, etc. I don't even know which are my favorites, as they are beautiful but each so incredibly unique. The ones at the Valley of Fire are very beautiful, the sun was really showing off that day! The light and colors reflecting off of the water is another astounding thing to see. Its like God paints a special work of art a couple times a day for the world to witness. I think they are all works of art, each beautiful in their own way. I am a huge fan myself, of sunsets.

Thanks so much for sharing these. So peaceful and enjoyable.


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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hello oceansnsunsets, that is a very unique way of looking at sunsets and sunrises, "God paints a special work of art a couple times a day" I like it, it's so true. I thank him every time I witness one. The valley of fire was so cool, I just couldn't believe the way it unfolded right in front of us, there was actually a couple getting married at the stone arch at the same time as the sunset, I can only imagine the pictures they have in their wedding album :)


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brittanytodd 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Wow. These are stunning! I love that you shared photos of different places so we could see how a sunset looks over there. Great hub, voted up!


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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you brittanytodd, I'm glad you enjoyed them, I think sunsets would be beautiful from anywhere in the world if we could just time them right :) Thanks for the vote up!


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

Amazingly beautiful sunsets! Just kept changing my favorite pic...there were many and unusual photos, so just couldn't pick one. You did a great photo-shoot and picked fantastic ones to share. Wow!

I'm no professional and I just get to point and shoot, but sometimes I get lucky ones. As you say, it changes every few seconds and it goes fast and forever! Love it!


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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

That's all I have is a point and shoot as well, I just get lucky too. I have never seen the sun melt into the ocean as I did that day, the only way I could describe it is like the wax melting in a lave lamp. Glad you liked the pics frogyfish.


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Debra Charney 4 years ago from United States

Enjoyed your sunset photos as well. Really liked the progression in the series. Each photo unique and beautiful.


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thanks Debra, that particular sunset is my favorite of all, I was certain we were going to see the infamous green spark, but not today. Thanks for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it :)


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betsuz 4 years ago from California

I have two favorites :) "Sunset in the Valley of Fire, Nevada" and the "Driving home sunset" both are stunning! Great job on these and interesting how you captured the driving home sunset.

I have some shots I took of clouds in Northern California that were sitting between the mountains. It looked like I was right next to the clouds! I should do a Hub about it :)

Voted up and shared socially!


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hello betsuz,

The valley of fire was awesome,it was like sink holes in the sky, each time one would open up it would shoot another ray of sunlight out.

You should definitely make a hub with your cloud pictures, it's amazing how much content you think about while reminiscing in the pictures. Thank you for sharing and your vote :)


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Eileen Hughes 3 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Beautiful photos. We love taking photos of sunsets. One night we took 40 photos from our front yard within 20 minutes and they all looked different fiery sunset photos.


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Eileen,

One thing about photography, you can miss a great shot within seconds, or a great photo shoot can unfold right before your eyes. Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

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