For some reason that I don’t understand, sunsets in Page, AZ, on the edge of Lake Powell, can be spectacular. The sky can be very blue and very boring the entire day and then, like magic, clouds begin to appear in late afternoon and the sky turns a brilliant orange and yellow for about 20 minutes when the sun goes down. Not every day, of course, but it seems to me to be fairly often.
My wife is a big fan of sunsets, so when this happened late last week she went out with her camera. And took this picture. What makes the story at least a little interesting, I think, is that she never saw the couple in the foreground. Since she shoots everything on “Auto” the camera’s meter basically reacted to the sky. As a result, everything else went very dark (but not quite black). So from her point of view – looking at the LCD display – the couple wasn’t there.
I could see them on the computer, though. And with a little help from Lightroom I pulled down the highlights and brought up the shadows. I had to kill some noise, of course, but I think it looks OK. So we have this middle-aged couple, arm in arm, happily watching the sun go down. Nice. Well, except for the long socks the guy is wearing with his shorts. You’d think at least his wife (or significant other) would know better…….