Last year we were looking for a good place to take pictures of a sunset. We decided that a small local railroad station would be a good location, since the tracks run roughly East – West there, according to an online map. We checked the schedule for the commuter train, to make sure we would be safe. We went a few minutes early and set our tripods on the crushed stone beside the tracks. As we observed the railroad track beside us, we were impressed by the fact that, while engines have evolved greatly over the past 200 years, the common railroad spike has been in use with wooden ties since the early 1830s.
This photo was taken on October 30, 2016, with a tripod. Specs are:
This photo was taken in Bagan, Myanmar, on the top terrace of the Shwesandaw Pagoda. We, along with hundreds of other tourists, had climbed the steep steps (in our bare feet) and were crowded together on the western levels of this magnificent pagoda to witness the setting sun. At the very end of our terrace, a monk had climbed onto the corner parapet for an unobstructed view.
We were on the upper terrace of the 328-foot-high pagoda, but if he had slipped, he would have fallen “only” 15 feet to the next terrace down.
This photo was taken on February 9, 2017. Specs are:
Olympus Tough TG-4, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/100 sec, 18 mm
The sunset seen from Otres 1 Beach near Sihanoukville, Cambodia, gives 15 minutes of radiant color before muted shadows fall. Some beach goers admire the sinking sun from comfortable lounging chairs set back from the water’s edge, some (like us) move along the sand to frame the changing scene, while still others play in the water or sip drinks oblivious to the evolving beauty.