52 Dazzling Examples of Sunset Photography

One of the most colorful times of the day is when the sun is going down to rest behind the horizon. It’s an ideal time to get out the ole camera and get to work. It’s also one of the most challenging times to capture the light just the way you want. As the sun falls closer to the horizon you can count on dramatic changes in lighting from minute to minute.

A few simple tips for sunset photography.

1. Plan ahead. Check the weather, the cloud cover, what locations provide the best views, the settings you’re going to use for your camera, the gear you’re going to need, and whatever else that will help you be as prepared as possible when the light is changing fast.

2. Use a tripod. As the sun sets, the shutter will stay open longer in order to gain the proper exposure for your shot. A tripod prevents camera shake and gives you the best chance for a sharp. You can even take it a step further and use your camera’s timer function (3 seconds is a good setting).

3. Although sunsets can provide stunning light and beautiful skies, composition is still very important. Use leading lines or rule of thirds to put subjects (like the sun) into areas of the photograph that provide a more interesting scene. And make sure you shoot a lot of photos at different exposures and compositions as it may take hundreds of clicks to get the great shot you’ve been looking for.

Here is a showcase of handpicked sunset photography examples that is sure to inspire.

Chris – Wide-Sunset
Chris - Wide-Sunset

Emilio Küffer – Tree of Life | La Jaula Sunset
Emilio Küffer - Tree of Life | La Jaula Sunset

tommy@chau – magic hour
tommy@chau - magic hour

Andrés Nieto Porras – Sunset Running
Andrés Nieto Porras - Sunset Running

Kai Lehmann – sunset XII (Bali)
Kai Lehmann - sunset XII (Bali)

Anthony Quintano – New York City Stormy Sunset
Anthony Quintano - New York City Stormy Sunset

Giuseppe Milo – Running at sunset – Dublin, Ireland – Color street photography
Giuseppe Milo - Running at sunset - Dublin, Ireland - Color street photography

Stephen Bowler - Hepworth sunset

Tomas Baliukonis – sunset & Närpes river
Tomas Baliukonis - sunset & Närpes river

Sunny – Sunset
Sunny - Sunset

Edmund Garman – Magic Island Sunset
Edmund Garman - Magic Island Sunset

Tom Hall – sunset
Tom Hall - sunset

Jarle Refsnes – Sunset April
Jarle Refsnes - Sunset April

james j8246 – sunset and reflection
james j8246 - sunset and reflection

白士 李 – Sunset
白士 李 - Sunset

Oliver Clarke – Loch Alsh Sunset
Oliver Clarke - Loch Alsh Sunset

Jonathan Combe – Trinity Sunset.
Jonathan Combe - Trinity Sunset.

Carlos Andrés Reyes – Kölner Sonneuntergang
Carlos Andrés Reyes - Kölner Sonneuntergang

tdlucas5000 – Coal Harbor Sunset
tdlucas5000 - Coal Harbor Sunset

Gunilla G – Swans in sunset
Gunilla G - Swans in sunset

Mark Freeth – Still waters
Mark Freeth - Still waters

Holly Victoria Norval – Dandelion sunset
Holly Victoria Norval - Dandelion sunset

Graham Norrie – Sunset at the Loch
Graham Norrie - Sunset at the Loch

Steve Corey – Sunset Formation
Steve Corey - Sunset Formation

Tony Heyward
Tony Heyward

Prachanart Viriyaraks – Sunset Hunter
Prachanart Viriyaraks - Sunset Hunter

Jeff P – Swiftcurrent Sunset
Jeff P - Swiftcurrent Sunset

JD – Sunset, Cape Cod
JD - Sunset, Cape Cod

rabiem22 – Sunset Romance
rabiem22 - Sunset Romance

tdlucas5000 – Signal Hill Sunset
tdlucas5000 - Signal Hill Sunset

Nicolas Raymond – Derry Sunset – HDR
Nicolas Raymond - Derry Sunset - HDR

Joe deSousa – Eiffel Tower sunset, Paris
Joe deSousa - Eiffel Tower sunset, Paris

marco monetti – sunset
marco monetti - sunset

Jonathan Combe – Sunset Express II
Jonathan Combe - Sunset Express II

Anita Ritenour – Santa Cruz Sunset
Anita Ritenour - Santa Cruz Sunset

Bill Young – Firehole_sunset
Bill Young - Firehole_sunset

Zach Dischner – Sunset on the Gorge
Zach Dischner - Sunset on the Gorge

Flemming christiansen – Sunset
Flemming christiansen - Sunset

Steven Worster – Sunset
Steven Worster - Sunset

Les Haines – Noarlungha Pier Adelaide
Les Haines - Noarlungha Pier Adelaide

Martin Teschner – Swiss – Sunset
Martin Teschner - Swiss - Sunset

Derek Finch – Sunset Beams
Derek Finch - Sunset Beams

Zach Dischner – Kill the Dirt Track, Watch Sunset, Repeat
Zach Dischner - Kill the Dirt Track, Watch Sunset, Repeat

John Fowler – Monster sunset
John Fowler - Monster sunset

Kenny Louie – Golden Gate Sunset
Kenny Louie - Golden Gate Sunset

Eric Harrison – Sunset from Niles Beach
Eric Harrison - Sunset from Niles Beach

Ignacio García – Sunset at Zadar
Ignacio García - Sunset at Zadar

Zach Dischner – Sunset Watching
Zach Dischner - Sunset Watching

Steve – Sunset over Florence
Steve - Sunset over Florence

Holger – sunset_sellin
Holger - sunset_sellin

Rona Proudfoot – Lorain sunset
Rona Proudfoot - Lorain sunset

Steve Webel – Sunset in Florida
Steve Webel - Sunset in Florida