Montana Outdoors

July 24, 2013

Back yard sunset

Filed under: Sunsets — Tags: — montucky @ 10:23 pm

Back yard sunset

This was the briefest sunset I’ve ever seen. It started to get bright, I snapped two pictures and it was gone all in the space of about 2 minutes.


  1. I need to learn how to take photos like that. Mine turn out too plain with most of the pink and orange washed out. That’s a beauty of a sunset!


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 24, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

    • It’s fun to experiment with sunsets. I usually use a “vivid” color setting if the camera has that and use about -.7 to -1.0 exposure compensation. The cameras that I have want to overexpose everything and that helps to keep them from doing it. The setting for this photo were: ISO 125, -1EV, f/3.8, 1/80.


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2013 @ 11:22 pm

      • Ahhhh. Is that how you do it, Montucky.
        It always takes me about 3 shots before I get it right and the colour good.


        Comment by Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) — July 25, 2013 @ 12:38 am

  2. Beautiful ! Wish i could take photos like that ! // Maria 🙂


    Comment by mariayarri — July 25, 2013 @ 2:53 am

    • You take excellent photos, Maria! The one of the Mazarine Blue in your last post is superb!


      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

  3. Beautiful image and scene terry, thanks for sharing !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — July 25, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    • The brief color of those clouds was exciting. Luckily I had a camera with me.


      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

  4. Love the tree silhouettes against the colors. The days are long here and with the bright shining moon this week … unless it is cloudy it is never dark here. Most nights, I do not even realize I should go out and look for a sunset (I have very tall trees on the west side of my house) … then all of a sudden the moon is shining. This is a great time of year … makes up for those extremely long winter nights.


    Comment by bearyweather — July 25, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    • I agree this is a great time of year. I would gladly trade two winter months for two more months of spring and summer.


      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2013 @ 9:33 pm

  5. Hi Montucky, Oh that bright coral colored sky is beautiful! Outstanding picture! Have a super good day today and a most pleasant Friday tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — July 25, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    • THe colors were very pretty. It was lucky to see it at just the right moment.


      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

  6. Well, you know how I love sunsets – no matter how brief. Gorgeous. We’ve had a few of those too. By the time I run to get my camera, the sunset has disappeared.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — July 25, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

    • The colors of our sunsets will be deeper for awhile unfortunately because of the smoke in the air from all of the fires around. There may be some pretty sunsets next week too because we should be getting some clouds.


      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

  7. What a wonderful way to end a day. And nice back yard too!


    Comment by WildBill — July 25, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

    • Yes, a pretty sunset is a great end to a day. It is very peaceful and quiet here in the evenings too.


      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

  8. Gorgeous. You were at right place at right time!


    Comment by Sartenada — July 25, 2013 @ 11:17 pm

    • Thanks. Yes, and I’m sure that I miss many like it by not being outside in the evening.


      Comment by montucky — July 26, 2013 @ 10:10 pm

  9. I had to laugh because this has happened to me so many times. usually be the time I grab the camera and get back to where I can see it, the colors are gone.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — July 26, 2013 @ 4:20 am

    • That happened to me a couple of weeks ago when there was a very brief rain in the distance, just enough to make the most colorful rainbow that I’ve ever seen. When it happened though I was a half mile from home and by the time I went back for my camera it had gone away.


      Comment by montucky — July 26, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

  10. Gorgeous!


    Comment by muddepaws — July 26, 2013 @ 10:27 am

  11. This is a beautiful picture!! One of the things I miss about Louisiana is the frequency of beautiful and vividly colored sunsets… don’t get that as much here, but I do get the mountains!


    Comment by themrshaddad — July 26, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    • Thanks Sarabeth! This has been an unusually hot summer for here and with few clouds. Perhaps the weather change coming up will bring a few clouds and then with the smoke that’s in the air we could have some very colorful sunsets.


      Comment by montucky — July 26, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

  12. But you got your two minutes, didn’t you? 😉

    Very pretty…and how wonderful to have had it in your own backyard….


    Comment by seekraz — July 26, 2013 @ 9:42 pm

    • Yes, those were two very pretty minutes!
      Seeing it from home was very good: I’ve had a few problems that have kept me from getting out as much as I normally do.


      Comment by montucky — July 26, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

      • I hope those problems get fixed/resolved soon…I know how much you enjoy getting out there in your mountains…wishing you well, Terry.


        Comment by seekraz — July 27, 2013 @ 6:27 am

        • Thanks Scott, I think I will be OK. It’s a knee problem and there seems to be a solution. I plan to try a couple rather short hikes into the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness next week, which will be new country for me.


          Comment by montucky — July 27, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

          • You’re welcome…and I understand the knee thing, as I have a bit of experience with their problems. I’ll look forward to the photos from your hikes into the Cabinet Mountains. Go easy on the knees…you still need them for a while yet. 🙂


            Comment by seekraz — July 30, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

            • Yesterday I got in an eight mile hike in the CMW and the knee hurt some but held up quite well. Now a few days of rest then I have other trails in mind. What a magnificent place that wilderness is!


              Comment by montucky — July 30, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

              • Eight miles is a good hike, especially with a bothersome knee…and I can imagine that the CMW area is quite magnificent. 🙂 I’m sure you’ll have pictures to share, right…?


                Comment by seekraz — July 31, 2013 @ 7:11 am

                • I will. I think I will post about half of the photos I took and that will take me awhile, but perhaps give folks an impression of what the whole hike was like.


                  Comment by montucky — July 31, 2013 @ 8:29 am

  13. We’ve been having extraordinarily beautiful sunsets recently – and long! Combinations of clouds help – when cirrus, stratus and cumulus are sharing space, it can be extraordinary. This photo’s so lovely – it’s reminiscent of our winter sunsets in terms of length. In the winter, it can be light – and then not!


    Comment by shoreacres — July 27, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

    • For the past month and a half we haven’t had any good colors because there haven’t been any clouds. Our weather is changing now and besides cooling off a little we are getting some clouds. Tonight there was a nice sunset again. We are hoping for some rain. There are lots of wildfires around here now.


      Comment by montucky — July 27, 2013 @ 10:44 pm

  14. Beautiful! We get gorgeous sunsets here, too, as you probably remember but here in the middle of the city, any shots I take have power lines and other distracting things in them.


    Comment by Candace — July 27, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

    • Yes, who could forget the Arizona sunsets. I can remember so many during camping trips in the desert. You know, I still love Arizona!


      Comment by montucky — July 27, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

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