Musical Sunset

“There is nothing more musical than a sunset. He who feels what he sees will find no more beautiful example of development in all that book which is, alas, musicians read but too little, the book of Nature.” Claude Debussy

My taste of music is fairly eclectic, I guess. My ipod just rolls its eyes and shrugs when I upload new songs. I like what I like and my mood and the surroundings I am in play a great role as to what I feel like listening to in that moment.

Sunsets are always classical music. Not opera or musical, no singing. Maybe piano, Tchaikovsky for example, or some Paganini violin, some Beethoven or Grieg. Or Debussy.

I’ve been down at the local jetty plenty of times to capture the sunset. Sunsets are already pretty cool, but sunsets over water are quite magical.

Now everyone who takes photographs will try his hand on sunsets at some stage. Even my young one comes running with his camera when the sky changes its colours. I think what makes them special is that they are a very fleeting moment in time. Couple of minutes and it’s all over.

So, at the local jetty, I’ve never been alone, there’s always half a dozen people with cameras jostling for the best spots, it’s almost getting competitive. This time I was lucky and, after trying a few variations, got the prime spot right smack bang at the end of the jetty. I was setting up my gear very concentrated, I was early enough. There was no wind on the ground, but the clouds were moving fairly fast, which is great. All the photos were taken on the same day, within 15 minutes from each other.

And Pachebel’s Canon was in my ear the whole time. Love that piece. And the peace.




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