Carlsbad - Grand Sunset
Unusually beautiful sunset in Carlsbad. Taken from the Beach Terrace Inn.
Photo Tip - The Experience
Sometimes when I see an amazing sky or other natural scene, I think about putting down my camera so that I can enjoy it in the fullest rather than just seeing it through a lens while being comsumed with all the thoughts about aperature, exposure, ISO, and composition.
My wife and I were staying at the Beach Terrace Inn during a December vacation, and I decided to go down to the pool area and relax in the hot tub. There I am, totally relaxed, overlooking the ocean, watching the sunset form in front of me. I could tell it would be a great one, but this time rather than jumping out of the tub, running to my room, grabbing my camera, setting up the tripod, checking all the settings and doing the click-click-click, I decided to just stay in the tub and enjoy the experience.
Truth is, this photo did not capturer the best moment of the sunset. I took it after the peak, after I knew that it wouldn't get any better. But I got an experience that I will never forget. Sometimes it is better to just relax and enjoy the scene and not get distracted from the fullness by trying to capture it for everyone else. Yes, it is a selfish moment, but I needed that to remind me of how incredibly amazing nature is.
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