The other evening my wife and I were at a beach on Lake Erie at Presque Isle State Park. We went over there from our campsite across the street to take pictures of the sunset.
As I was setting up my camera and tripod, we noticed a huge cloud coming into view from the south (left side). My first thought was that the cloud might obscure the setting sun, but within the half hour the sun took to set, the cloud moved fairly slowly.
After getting back and looking at my pictures, there are a few lessons to learn from the sunset through my images.
The higher the angle of the sun to my camera lens, the more lens flare you can see. As the sun got lower to the horizon the lens flare diminished.
No matter how hard you try, the highlights will be blown out leaving little or no detail shooting into the sun.
The lower the sun became, the more colorful the bottom of the clouds became. I love to look at clouds when the sun is setting to see the magnificent light lighting up the clouds.
The final thing is that because the lower the sun became, my shutter speed increased and you can see some cloud movement. But the movement looks unnatural to me, almost like the camera was bumped, but that is not so because other parts of the picture are sharp. So I probably should have placed a neutral density filter over my lens to allow my shutter speed to increase even more to show the movement more or bumped up my ISO to allow a faster shutter speed to stop the movement.
Below are the series of images sequenced showing my points above:
My hope is that you have gained some knowledge that can help you if this type of situation occurs, that way you can get successful pictures. Any comments or questions can be posted in the Comment section below.