The sunsets in Rock Hill, South Carolina are some of the best! This is due to the high humidity here, especially during the summer. It has to do with the shorter wavelength colors (violet,indigo, blue, green) being deflected by the extra particles in the air, while the longer wavelengths are still getting through (yellow, orange, red). Enough of the science lesson now. Here comes the photography lesson.
For fellow shutterbugs:
18-55mm kit lens (18 mm)
Shutter Speed 1/1250
I did not pose my daughter as she played with the refreshing water at the edge of Lake Wylie. She was picking for shells and I moved around her to get the best shot. These are usually my favorite pictures because they are more natural. As a family photographer I try to find the best lighting and composition for my situation and I move myself to it.
I made sure that I was in manual mode for this shot because it would be hard to get with the priority modes. I metered on the sky, but then focused on my daughter. I made sure that my shutter speed was high so the sunset would not be blown out and my daughter would be more silhouetted. This image is not SOOC (straight out of camera). In my post processing (using Lightroom) I decreased the exposure slightly, and brought down the highlights and whites. I increased clarity to give it a sharper look because the focal point was slightly off (a little behind her). I also increased the vibrance to give the sunset more color. I did not want the sunset too orange after I lifted the vibrance so I also tinted towards magenta.