Tempe Bridge Sunset

A Colorful Sunset Over Tempe Town Lake

I probably sound like a broken record, but yesterday I got another great opportunity to photograph the sunset after dropping Monika off at the airport.  This time I decided to head back to Tempe Town Lake, in hopes of finding a new vantage point that I hadn’t shot from before.

After making several trips up and down the north shore of the lake, I came across the old bridge you see below.  I noticed that the bridge was blocking the sun in a way that gave kind of a unique glow.  In the past, this composition would have been difficult with my widest 20mm lens, however with my new 14mm, the composition seemed to work with contrast and colors of the sunset.

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I would have liked to have began the time lapse a bit earlier, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to the lake until just before 6pm.  Sometimes you just have to take what you can get and last night I definitely was in the right place at the right time.

This sunset was a bit of a challenge to read.  Many times I can just look at the clouds and determine if its going to be a bust or not, but this one was a bit more challenging.  At about the time the sun was on the horizon, some wispy clouds began to show themselves.  Before I knew it, they began to turn a very bright pink.  However, like many sunsets the color only lasted a few minutes and then it was gone.

Towards the end, I like seeing the lights of the more modern light rail bridge on the right, and of course the light trails of the airplanes landing at Sky Harbor.

Equipment, Settings, and Software

  • Camera: Nikon D600
  • Lens: Rokinon 14mm F2.8 with Chip
  • Aperture: F11
  • Interval: 10 seconds (1 exposure every 10 seconds) | About 600 individual exposures
  • Time: 6:02 PM (Start) 7:47PM (Finish)
  • Shutter: “Holy Grail” manual method (4seconds, 2seconds, 1seconds and so on)
  • ISO 160 to 320
  • Software: Adobe Lightroom, LRTimelapse 3, Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro X
  • Playback: 30FPS converted to 15FPS