Sunsets can be a pain to capture properly. I have found that the key to photographing sunsets is when you take the shots. There is a certain time when the light will not be too bright, causing lens flare or too dark causing the photo to be under exposed, finding that time however, takes practice.
Here are some of my attempts.
This photo was taken on a ship when the sun was just about to disappear beneath the horizon line. You can see that the colours are warmer at this time and offers an awesome light reflection on the water. I had to edit the horizon line later on as it looked like it was a dome rather than straight.
You can also use the sunset warmth to create a great silhouette photograph. When taking these photos try and take some time to think about the composition of the photo and how you want it to turn out. The photo above is of people queuing for a BBQ with the sun in the background. I tried to apply the rule of thirds but I reckon I could crop some more of the black area off the bottom of the photo to clean it up a little.
It can be tempting to up the saturation levels during editing but try not to take the detail away from the foreground of your photos. Same goes for contrast. Find a good balance that brings out the colour but keeps the detail.
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