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Coloratti Kimberley Coole – Capturing Colour Part 3 – Sunsets


by Javan Bramhall – November 29th, 2013

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This is a guest blog by Coloratti Kimberley Coole – the third in a five part series where Kimberley, a renowned and award winning travel photographer based in the UK, looks at the importance of colour in her photography.

Capturing Colour – Part 3 Sunsets

For travel photographers, nothing quite beats an amazing sunset on an equally amazing beach or in a fabulous city. Even though blue skies and fluffy white clouds make an image visually attractive, nothing grabs people’s attention more or gets into people’s mind quite like a sunset. Even now I find myself watching a beautiful sunset in my mind rather than focussing on where I actually am, at my desk writing this post! It seems to be impossible to simply look at a photograph of sunset and think nothing – great news for photographers and this is why you’ll always see us around sunset time, standing by our trusty tripods, ready to see what that particular evening will offer.

When it comes to travel photography, bright or bold colours play a significant role in any photograph. Whether you want the viewer to feel happy or sad, see the warmth or the cold or simply notice the photograph to begin with – all this rests in the capable hands of colour. Kiff Holland, a famous painter, once said “Colour creates, enhances, changes, reveals and establishes the mood of the painting” and the same applies to photography.

I suppose this blog is quite a straightforward one, you all know what sunset is and why it is beautiful. As a travel photographer I always shoot the place I am in at dawn, during the day, at sunset and at night – ensuring full coverage for my clients. But as I mentioned earlier, sunsets are just magical and so if I had to pick only one time of day to shoot, it would be this. Pinks, reds and oranges dominate glorious sunsets, turning everything in your image a wonderful warm colour. Whether on a beach or in a city, the warm light reflects off everything, and so knowing what to include in your shot and how to frame the image is essential, after all a picture of just the sky doesn’t really make you want to travel to a particular place, which is what our job as a travel photographer is – showing people why they want to visit said place and what they might see once there.

My only advice would be this, have some patience… I often see people packing up their gear as soon as the sun dips below the horizon, but the best colours usually come after this, so rather than running back to your chosen spot and trying to re-set everything up, simply wait for the colours to come to you! The following shots are some of my favourite sunset photographs, on each occasion the colours produced were simply stunning and made everything in sight change hue. The compositions are simple as the colours and long exposures do all the talking, meaning no explanations are required for these shots; I just hope you enjoy them!


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Kimberley Coole Top Left: The spectacular Pura Batu Bolong, a small shrine located near the famous Pura Tanah Lot, located in the Tabanan Regency.

Top Right: View of Circular Quay Ferry Wharf, part of the Sydney Ferries network and the terminus for all public ferry routes in Sydney, as seen from the historic area known as The Rocks.

Bottom left: A sunset view out towards the Savu Sea across a volcanic black sand beach, as seen from Ende Beach.


Next time we’ll be talking about cities and which colours I tend to focus on to show each city off to its best, hopefully you’ll stop by and have a read!

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