I was recently exploring some trails on Mount Tamalpais during an afternoon that had less-than-ideal weather. The odds of seeing a sunset didn’t appear to be very high but since I don’t get out as much these days due to family reasons I wanted to make the most of time regardless if I found any scenes worth photographing or not. I didn’t drive all that way to Mount Tam just to go pack it in early and have dinner at a decent hour. I’ve made enough mistakes during my photography career which resulted in having to watch a stunning sunset from the rearview mirror.
In the first photo, I was on a trail looking toward San Francisco. After a certain point it started to get dark and dreary so I started walking back to my car when I noticed a glimpse of color under the thick clouds over the other hill. I had perhaps about 5-10 minutes before official sunset time by that point so I hastily made it back to my car and drove down the road then walked up the first hill I could find. The sunset started to get good almost as soon as I got to the scenic vista. Then it got really good. I overheard a couple talking about how it was the most amazing sunset they had ever seen; and seemed quite emotional about it. So cheers to them. And for me, reinforces the idea that if you are out doing landscape photography anytime near sunset you stay until it gets dark regardless of what the weather looks like.
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