It had been a gray and dreary day on the South African south coast. I wasn’t actually planning to shoot anything as I’m no fan of shooting overcast skies, no matter how beautiful the landscape is. While we were getting in the car to get dinner in town, I noticed this tiny sliver of clear sky on the horizon. Judging by the near vertical sunbeams that were faintly visible, it had to be right where the sun was about to set. Cue change of plans and out with the tripods and the camera’s! After a short scramble on the rocks this is where we settled waiting for the sun to come out below the clouds.
It turned out to be what was possibly the shortest sunset I’ve ever shot. Within 5 minutes the sun moved into view and back out of view and below the horizon. I think it actually were the only minutes that we saw the sun that day. But if only every gray day could end like this! Luckily we were staying right on the coast with this view only seconds away from our camp, so picking a spot to shoot wasn’t difficult. And for once it payed off being that annoying photographer that is always – and I really mean ALWAYS 😉 – looking at the skies and judging the clouds.