I was at Silver Beach in St Joseph, Michigan to photograph the sunset. But it sure didn't look like I'd see a sunset on this day. This photo was taken at 9:17pm and the sunset was due at 9:26pm.
Also at 9:41pm. This photo more closely matches the way the beach looked up close. It was awesome and eerie all at once.
Here's a close-up of the lighthouses at this point.
Here's the sky at 9:42pm.
And just when I thought the colors couldn't get any more intense than they were... WHAMO! Here's the sky at 9:43pm.
Here's a pan out of the sky above the lighthouses at 9:44pm.
And a close-up at 9:45pm.
I had to stop shooting at this point and just take it all in. So beautiful!
And here is where the night sky began to take over and the brilliant colors began to dim. 9:49pm.
Mind you, all but the first photograph were taken after the official time of sunset. None of these photos were altered or color corrected. Of all the sunsets I've seen over Lake Michigan, none has come close to this show. It sure paid off to stick around to see what would happen. I was so lucky to have my Rebel in my hands at the time!
I would have made this sunset my photo of the day, but really, how could I choose just one of these images? So instead I opted for this separate-from-my-series post. I felt this show of Mother Nature's deserved it.