11 may 2012 - 550D, f/6.3 1.3s, iso-100
there comes a point in the sunset when the exposure will transition from extreme contrast to perfect contrast into a scene of too little contrast. in other words: there will come a point when the exposure will balance itself. the sacrifices of contrast vs. shadow detail or any other major decision-making will be minimal and the exposure will become a well-rounded visual in which all of the elements fall within the limits of the sensor's capabilities.
it's different each day, and maybe even each attempt, but it's a sweet spot that's very much worth the wait. there is no rushing this process, because if you dare try to do so, you'll be searching for compromises everywhere. sometimes one can compensate, more often than not, it usually results in something less than desired.
whenever people come to me to talk about the tough times in their lives, they usually ask about my photography to help keep their minds from directly addressing the subject. this is fine and dandy, but eventually they do wish to unload the thoughts from their minds. dale carnegie's wisdom prevails. but what a perfect metaphor, really. a photograph we cherish isn't usually born in happenstance--there is some degree of wisdom and experience at work, as well as a lot of patience. photography isn't too far from life in that regard, and there's a lot to learn from this abstract connection between art and the unique realities that are our lives.
on a less abstract subject: summer is coming. it's almost here.