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The Story of a Killer Sunset from a Shopping Mall

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 22 January 2013 in Cityscape & Urban.

So, there we were, in a local shopping center, browsing through a "Pier One Imports" store. We had just enjoyed a late afternoon coffee (for me) and tea (for Barbara) and cookie (for both) at the "Barnes & Noble Bookstore" next door. As we walked over to the "Pier One," I told Barbara, "It's going to be Killer sunset!!"......I was right.... 20 minutes later the show began. And, of course, my E-510 was at home .....Arrgghh......(Note to self - How many times do you have to tell yourself: Do NOT leave home without throwing the camera into the car!!!!!) So, I had my cheap little LG Cell phone and I prayed as I shot, that one of the dozen shots I took would turn out halfway decent.....Never mind the fact that I had a parking lot full of cars, light towers, a Texas Roadhouse Steakhouse, and a Motel of some sort to shoot over or around as best I could. Then get home and see what the download gods give me. ....

So this is it, a bit of shadow relief and some cropping, some highlight editing and exposure adjustments, and I cloned out a few towers and headlights from oncoming cars....

But you know what, It was a definitely a killer sunset.

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** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Your images and words together like this carry so much of the experience of the moment - an LG cellphone with a heart.

22 Jan 2013 6:17am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thank you Ronnie - It was a time of joyful frustration :-)

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

Wow, great looking sky!

22 Jan 2013 6:28am

@ursulakatariina: Hi Ursulakatariina - Thank you so much :-)

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

A fabulous sunset and as we know, the best camera is the one with you at the moment :)

22 Jan 2013 7:32am

@Christine: Thanks so much, Christine....still, I was "kicking myself" oh well...

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Oh yes this was a must have shot and pretty good for a phone camera. Let that be a lesson though Denny always have the camera with you, mind you I often get, "why do you have to bring that with you everywhere we go" from Sara !

22 Jan 2013 7:49am

@Doug: Thanks Doug, yes Barbara always gets suspicious when I bring my camera..."Oh boy, he's going to be stopping every 2 minutes to take a shot, then another, then another....!"

Becky from los angeles, United States

Killer indeed! Always saying that to myself as well. Just when you think you don't need your camera - dammit you do! Great shot - and looks perfectly beautiful with the camera you used. It's the camera-person that makes the shot.

22 Jan 2013 8:52am

@Becky: You are too kind...Thanks Becky =- sure nice to hear from you :-)

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Yes a story most of us perfectly know.
And finally, these smart phones may be very helpful in these cases.
A definitive killer sunset.

22 Jan 2013 9:03am

@Gérard Beullac: Thank you Gerard...unfortunately my phone is not very smart and neither am I...but this did not turn ot too terrible, I guess :-) Thank you sir..

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Wonderful - you did a good job with the phone

22 Jan 2013 9:15am

@Nigel: Hi Nigel - Thank you very much :-)

Akbar&Armaghan from Gorgan, Iran

Beautiful capture,amazing sky

22 Jan 2013 10:25am

@Akbar&Armaghan: Hello and thank you...

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

The cell phone camera is not so bad if you leave the pictures in a small size but it does make you feel a shame !!
Beautiful killing sky !

22 Jan 2013 10:55am

@Veronique: Yes I do agree, Veronique Thank you so very much :-)

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Wow! You did a great job with this image, Denny. Barbara must be so patient!

22 Jan 2013 11:17am

@Julie L. Brown: She is totally patient with me....Thanks Julie!! <3

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

You're right - thats a fantastic sunset, Denny! That little LG did a pretty good job of it too, eh? :-)

22 Jan 2013 11:47am

@Jason Politte: Not too bad really - Thanks very much, Jason :-)

franz from Baden, Austria

wonderful work, denny, and you're right of course, on two accounts - it IS a killer sunset, and NEVER leave the house without your camera! ;-)

22 Jan 2013 12:14pm

@franz: No arguments on either count sir! Thank you so much Franz ..All the BEst <3

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

your right its a cracker and your treatment unnoticeable.

22 Jan 2013 12:22pm

@Jules: Hi Jules - Thank you very much sir - I absolutely LOVED your Truman Beach images so far and I am certain that they will continue marvelously!! Thanks, sir :-)...

Tracy from Charlotte, United States

This is KILLER! I have said the same mantra to myself on several occasions "bring the D*%# camera!" But this just proves another theory: that the best camera is the one you have with you- and that little LG did a fantastic job with you at the helm!
Besides, sometimes the best moments in life are just the pure enjoyment of good company, coffee, a beautiful sunset, and a cookie....

22 Jan 2013 1:09pm

@Tracy: Thank you so much, Tracy - and I agree about the best moments in life....I started this photography bug fairly late in life so I have no illusions - I ain't gonna be a master. I love it, but my TRUE love stands by me, has cookies and tea with me, and gives me hugs and kisses and smiles...and puts up with all my b.s. - I'll take that ANY time :-) Thanks Trace <3

Rick from Toronto, Canada

My kinda killer, where no one gets killed ! Superb sky drama and beauty, and kudos to you and the LG !

22 Jan 2013 1:46pm

@Rick: 'member that Bennie Golson song that the Manhattan Transfer covered: "Killer Joe"...I .love that song - Love your comments :-)

Basile Pesso from Paris, France

Excellent little bottom cars' stripe to support this stunning sky coming towards us !

22 Jan 2013 3:56pm

@Basile Pesso: Thank you very much Basile!

destani from mashhad, Iran

A magnificent capture ! Excellent! 5*****

22 Jan 2013 5:06pm

@destani: Hi and Thank you very much destani :-)

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderfully dramatic sunset shot Denny! Always make sure you have a camera with you before you leave home! ;-)

22 Jan 2013 6:55pm

@Eric Cousineau: Right :-) LOL Thanks Eric :-)

LauraS from Chico, United States

"You done good, kid." What a super sunset, and you managed to make it all the more memorable with your story.

22 Jan 2013 7:33pm

@LauraS: Hi Laura!! Thanks so much :-) Yah, I likes to tell da stories :-)

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful sunset and mood from your day ~ the coffee, tea and cookie sounds so delicious! Your cell phone & finishing is very effective! I actually keep forgetting my cell phone can take pictures ;->

22 Jan 2013 7:36pm

@RBL: Wow talk about serendipity - I just sent you an email...Thanks Ruthie :-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

a killer sunset indeed!!

22 Jan 2013 11:35pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Thank goodness you had a camera with you to capture this beautiful sunset! Incredible colors and I love the low-lying clouds which create a "ceilling" in this sky.

23 Jan 2013 12:34am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic. Just beautiful. There was one of those here last night but I was not in a place to get a picture. This is gorgeous!

23 Jan 2013 1:07am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

nice catch! the sunset looks magical indeed with the texture and colours of the clouds making for quire a show!

23 Jan 2013 1:08am

Yonatan from New York, United States

I'm glad that you didn't let not having your real camera at hand keep you from capturing a beautiful a moment!

23 Jan 2013 2:48am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

That is a killer sunset if I ever saw one! Amazing!

23 Jan 2013 6:38am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

agréable

23 Jan 2013 8:40am

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

And yes it was and you got it one way or another! Beautiful light and great processing work to complete the image Denny. It's great to hear from you and I'm glad you are doing well!

24 Jan 2013 12:40am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That was an outstanding sunset!

24 Jan 2013 5:04pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Killer phone shot Denny, it looks fabulous.

25 Jan 2013 9:23am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

It certainly was the "killer" you predicted! Feb. 1 we ret'd home and went to collect the dog at her sitter's. I didn't take a camera and we had a gorgeous mackerel sky like this. We were tired after the six-hour bus ride back from Ft. Lauderdale, but as soon as I saw the way the sky was shaping up, I kicked myself. It got more and more delectable until the moment we pulled into our driveway and the 'lights went out'. Drats!

7 Feb 2013 5:20am

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