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Photographing The Southern California Sky

Updated on September 16, 2016
The brilliant orange hues in the Southern California sky.
The brilliant orange hues in the Southern California sky. | Source

The sky is Southern California is simply breathtaking to photograph when there is an amazing sunset. Southern California is known for its beautiful and mesmerizing sunsets, which I like to capture with my camera. The other day we had some brilliant and otherworldly sunsets after a rainstorm, and the clouds created paintings for my digital camera to preserve for years to come. The different colors and shades that can be found in the sky are intriguing, and the buildings and telephone wires add to the urban interest of these cityscapes with open fields. Not all of Southern California is built up, and there are places where you can find businesses next to open fields with the views of the Mount Baldy and the San Bernardino Mountains in the distance. Some people cannot stand to see electric lines obstructing the view of the sunset, but to me, it is just part of the character of a semi-rural region.

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There are many beautiful sights to photograph in Southern California.

The sunset with purple tones at the top of the sky.
The sunset with purple tones at the top of the sky. | Source

Above is a video I created of my walk at sunset.

Orange and pink tones evident in the sunset.
Orange and pink tones evident in the sunset. | Source
The light pink colors in the sky beautifully outline Mount Baldy.
The light pink colors in the sky beautifully outline Mount Baldy. | Source
Pylons are silhouetted against the brilliant sunset.
Pylons are silhouetted against the brilliant sunset. | Source
The tangerine colors infuse the sky the way a fresh tangerine might add color to a delicious non-alcoholic summer drink.
The tangerine colors infuse the sky the way a fresh tangerine might add color to a delicious non-alcoholic summer drink. | Source

The photos above are an example of the mesmerizing beauty that can be found at sunset in Southern California. For instance, after the rain, you never know if there will be pink, orange, red, purple, or even a hint of sepia in the sky. The colors astound the eye, and the clouds create shapes that are otherworldly. Thus, the Southern California sky is something beautiful that you can treasure with photography, and that many people travel from all around the world to see. If you do not have a camera you should definitely get one so you can record photos of the amazing landscape on your next trip to Southern California.

Gray tinged clouds add dimension and interest to the orange tinged sunset with Mount Baldy in the distance.
Gray tinged clouds add dimension and interest to the orange tinged sunset with Mount Baldy in the distance. | Source
The stripe of gray in the sunset.
The stripe of gray in the sunset. | Source
The outline of trees with the tangerine colored sunset.
The outline of trees with the tangerine colored sunset. | Source
The the light purple-blue shadows of the San Bernardino Mountains at sunset.
The the light purple-blue shadows of the San Bernardino Mountains at sunset. | Source

The grey clouds next to the orange colors in the sky are quite fascinating to look at.

The most mesmerizing photograph out of the entire set.  I love the almost fluorescent like orange color along with the contrasting gray clouds in this photograph.
The most mesmerizing photograph out of the entire set. I love the almost fluorescent like orange color along with the contrasting gray clouds in this photograph. | Source

The colors ranging from light pink to fluorescent orange in the Southern California sunsets are all part of the reason I enjoy photographing these as much as I do.

This is another video that was taken during my sunset walk on July 13, which illustrates the vivid sunsets we have here in SoCal.

The sunset and the silhouettes of trees.
The sunset and the silhouettes of trees. | Source

I love the outline of the pine needles on the tree at sunset.

There are various stripes of purple and orange.
There are various stripes of purple and orange. | Source
Shadows of various purple and pink clouds in the sky.
Shadows of various purple and pink clouds in the sky. | Source
Various colors abound at sunset.
Various colors abound at sunset. | Source
Focusing in on the gray patch of clouds in the sunset sky.
Focusing in on the gray patch of clouds in the sunset sky. | Source
Blue, white, gray and orange make various colors lighting up the sunset sky.
Blue, white, gray and orange make various colors lighting up the sunset sky. | Source
The shadows of pine needles can be spotted on this tree with the orange hues of the setting sun.
The shadows of pine needles can be spotted on this tree with the orange hues of the setting sun. | Source
Close up of the orange streaks in the sky.
Close up of the orange streaks in the sky. | Source
Brilliant sunset with tungsten filter on my digital camera.
Brilliant sunset with tungsten filter on my digital camera. | Source

Digital cameras are ideal for recording the brilliant sunsets in your own hometown, but many smart phones of today do just as good of a job.

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      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I appreciate all the nice comments!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I do have to give Southern California props... the sunsets here are breathtaking! So are your photos!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gorgeous photos!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow..beautiful!! absolutely perfect.

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      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you, gogogo and tatau!

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      tatau 5 years ago

      Wow - amazing scenery absolutely stunning!

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      gogogo 5 years ago

      Beautiful sunsets, just pinned one of them Thanks for sharing