I have been lucky enough to see sunsets all over the world. It doesn't matter how far I travel, or where I go, that moment when the sun sets pulls me in and renders me dumbfounded, even in company. I find it hard to look anywhere else. It also happens to be my favourite time to photograph a couple at a wedding, and whatever the hoards of photographers label it, it will always be the most photographically expressive way to exhale after such an intense day. (More photos below)
Going through my phone photos, amidst cute pictures of my nephew and my dogs wearing hats, there are hundreds of sunset photos.. Wherever I shoot or travel, I look out for the change in light and air as the day closes. My love affair with light has been life long, and not necessarily always mediated through the camera lens. It's almost as if I cannot switch off from it's character changes over the course of the day.
Poetically of course, a sunset is also incredibly poignant, reflective and touching.
I could bore you with the physics of why the light is so good.. or you could also just look it up on Wikipedia. But basically, it's magic is due to two things.. the relationship between red and blue on the light spectrum, and the reduction of direct sunlight which creates a greater in-direct illumination. This is what causes the warm glow. Done. I'm no scientist.
This moment on a wedding day is probably my favourite. All official things dealt with, everyone fed and aptly warmed with alcohol and laughter, it's the best possible time to capture the bride and groom at their most relaxed and romantic. People are less rushed, there is no sense of timetable, and it's the perfect opportunity to get private moment to watch the sunset on your big day. I would suggest it to your photographer if they haven't already.. and weather permitting, you won't regret it.
The wealth of poetic reference to a sunset is overwhelming, but for me, my main man Shakespeare gets it spot on..
"...Gliding pale streams with heavenly alchemy..."