nothing like a sunset to set the stage

 Week #2
of our 2011 Project 52*
(*give or take a week here and there for vacations)

For 2011 we have a roster of new weekly photography projects.  We are doing things a bit differently this year by having a monthly theme.  This month's theme is framing. 


I've had a good number of opportunities to sit in interviews with prospective employees throughout the years, and one such applicant spoke about the concept of re-framing.  Essential re-framing means taking a different look at a situation to your advantage.  It is looking at a glass of water as half full instead of half empty.  We eventually chose another candidate over this person, but the demo stayed with me to this day.

On my typical commute home, it's dark out and I find myself rushing home to prepare dinner (or order to go).  Instead of thinking of how I hate driving in the night and hurrying to to get on the road as soon as possible to capture as much of the fading light, I re-frame  from "it's getting dark" to "whoa - look at the beautiful transition from day to night - the blues and reds in the sky."

And, this is what my surroundings look like during my evening commute.

Nothing sets the mood like a good old sunset.

I love it because everything is simplified - typical blues and oranges light up the sky before it fades to black.

A glorious sunset is the day's "last hurrah."  The day is going into relaxed mode.  Like the last great display before the fireworks die down.

Time to be with family at the end of a tiring, and sometimes, challenging day.  Time to look back share the good things that happened.  To regroup and recharge for what tomorrow may bring (hopefully, all good).

Happy weekend folks!


These were taken in Marin, California with our 35 mm f/1.8 lens.  Plus a little Photoshop action from CoffeeShop actions.

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