Travel Tuesday: Continental Sunsets

You know, there are just some days where you wake up on the wrong side of a good mood and it just seems like there’s nothing to be done about it. Today is definitely one of those days. On the bright side, it’s also Travel Tuesday! It does cheer me greatly to be able to take some time on my lunch break to check out some awesome places and people around the world (smile).

One of my favorite hobbies – especially when I travel – is photography. I don’t pretend to be a professional, but I take great joy in learning the craft (smile). My favorite time of day to take photographs? Sunset. Hands down, no questions asked. I love the soft effect, the myriads of colors, and the general feel a setting sun gives off. So today I thought I’d feature some of my favorite sunsets from around the world (smile).

Grand Canyon, Arizona, Sunset

Arizona (North America)

Puerto Pensasco Mexico Sunset

Mexico (North America) [Side note: Stand in for South America. Long story]

Scotland, Sunset, Tree

Scotland (Europe)


Thailand (Asia)

A few quick tips for taking sunset photos:

  • Plan ahead when possible. Try to accidentally-on purpose find yourself somewhere with a good focal point (sailboats, trees, etc.) in time for that magic moment.
  • It’s difficult to shoot into the sun and get a detailed photo – silhouettes can be great anchor points.
  • Use a variety of settings. Exposure, focal length, white balance, position – switch it all up! It’s amazing how many varieties of the same sunset you can get by just experimenting. Manual or auto there’s no excuse for standing still!
  • Look for the beauty around you – sunspots, reflections, silhouettes, or a gorgeous glow all around. Sometimes not shooting directly into the sun can have an even better effect (like the photo up at the top).
  • Keep shooting! Sunrise or sunset there is constant change happening. A photo that’s unimpressive in one light may look stunning 5 minutes later. Eyes wide open! (smile)

What’s your favorite time of day for photos??

Come join Bonnie, Camila, Jessi, and Amy for even more fun!!

Travel Tuesday

7 thoughts on “Travel Tuesday: Continental Sunsets

  1. This is such an amazing post! I love it! I love sunsets, they do sometimes bring out the nicest colours and effects! Thanks for the tips by the way, very helpful! It’s on my 30 before 30 list to sunrise hunt, but sunset hunting is such a pleasure as well! I love how your photos are all so gorgeous and yet also all seems so representative of where they were shot! (if that makes sense!)


    • Thank you! Thank you!! I think that’s the best compliment I could have received – because that’s what I was hoping to achieve 🙂
      Sunrises are tricky creatures (mainly b/c I usually sleep through them – oops) but absolutely no less beautiful – can’t wait to see the results of your hunt!


  2. I think I would have to agree with sunsets. I take one on my phone everyday from my kitchen window. I love the colour that the clouds turn, all pink and purply. My fav photo is the one from Scotland!


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