Best Sunset Spots for You to See

The Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA

People might think of Los Angeles as a place with smoggy skies, but it just might be these skies that cause some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Head up to the Griffith Observatory around dusk. From the top, you can see not only a beautifully coloured sky but also an unforgettable view of the city and Sunset Boulevard.

Oia, Santorini, Greece

Santorini is known for its distinctive white and blue architecture. Set on a craggy cliffside, the village of Oia gives onlookers the perfect spot to watch the sun as it reflects on this stark white buildings, then sets into the Aegean Sea.

Ipanema Beach, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Travel to Rio de Janeiro, and you’re going to want to catch a sunset on legendary Ipanema Beach. The sunset is beautiful in Ipanema because it sets behind the rocky hillsides that border the coast.

Amazing Places to See Sunrise

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Head to Jackson Lake, a pristine 15-mile long glacial lake at the base of the majestic Teton mountains. As the sun rises, the clouds are illuminated with a pink glow and the peaks are reflected in the glassy water.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

It’s home to the big 5: lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes as well as one of the world’s most iconic sunrises. Since it lies close to the equator, the sun appears much larger as there isn’t a horizon serving as a reference point. While many sunrises may elicit feelings of tranquillity, this fiery orange spectacle feels intense and exciting.

Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island

This is one of the most isolated islands on the planet, which makes the sunrise over Easter Island’s formidable megaliths (known as Moais) that much more mystical and transcendent. The stone faces, 15 in all, carved over hundreds of years ago cast a dramatic shadow as the day breaks over the Pacific Ocean. Afterwards, head to Anakena’s postcard-perfect white sand and turquoise water beach for a morning swim. Better yet, just stay there all day.

Tips on How To Take A Photo Of A Sunset/Sunrise

Choose a Low to Mid-Range ISO

When shooting a sunrise or sunset, you’ll generally want to use a low to mid-range ISO setting, like 200, 400 or 800. During sunrise or sunset, there’s less available light than in the middle of the day. Going with one of these ISO settings rather than the lowest possible (which is typically 100 on most cameras) will give you some leeway when choosing your aperture and shutter speed while still providing a high-quality image.

Choose a High Aperture

Most people will choose to use a high aperture, such as f/11, f/16 or higher when taking sunset photos. This allows for greater depth of field (the zone within a picture that appears in focus) so that everything from the foreground to the background will be sharply in focus. However, there’s no rule against lowering the aperture to achieve a certain creative effect.

Blurring the Background

If you want to blur the background and bring all the attention to a subject in the foreground, go ahead and set the aperture low, like f/4 or even lower. Play around with different apertures and see what you get.

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