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Sunset Sunday at Hamworthy Park

After the miserable weather along the South Coast this past week, as soon as a break in the clouds appeared this afternoon I grabbed the camera bag and went hunting for this evenings sunset.

I ended up driving towards Lake Pier in Hamworthy when I noticed a bench situated next to some beach huts at the local park, a place where I have never gone before so I thought I would give it a shot. After arriving at around 15:15, two hours before the sun started to set, I walked around to get a feel for what composition I was after before placing down the tripod in the spot below:

Hamworthy Park Setup

After waiting and chatting to a few of the locals also waiting for the sun to set, I started to play with portrait and landscape orientations to try and make the most of the limiting 55mm focal length (really started to miss the 28mm F2 at this point). Then before I knew it, my fingers were frozen and the sun started to set over the horizon. 

Hamworthy Sunset
05/02/2017 Hamworthy Park - Shot at 1/25s at F/16, ISO100 on the Sony 55mm F1.8 Zeiss

05/02/2017 Hamworthy Park - Shot at 1/25s at F/16, ISO100 on the Sony 55mm F1.8 Zeiss

1/25s at F/16, ISO100 on the Sony 55mm

1/25s at F/16, ISO100 on the Sony 55mm

1/10s at F/16, ISO100 on the Sony 55mm

1/10s at F/16, ISO100 on the Sony 55mm

The 55mm focal length was tricky to work with at the start but after focusing on the park bench and creating the composition around it, it was fun to work with a tighter lens for landscape photography. Now as soon as my new super wide angle lens arrives I will make sure to show a comparison between the two, showing the advantages and disadvantages to both focal lengths. Don't forget to tag your sunset photos with #sunsetsunday