During my three week stint as a temporary kennel operator, I managed to get out to photograph a couple of sunsets on Dave’s Pond which is a little prairie pothole pond on the Gone Wild Kennels property. The great thing about the Cochrane, Alberta area is that we get fantastic sunrises and sunsets especially in the winter when a chinook arrives. Anytime I see an arch of chinook clouds I head out for sunset in hopes of a colourful light show. Literally it’s as easy as ‘f8 and be there’. I am not joking. I use my 24mm tilt-shift lens, tilted to match the plane of the prairie, and then set my aperture to f8 (for the best resolution) and start pressing the shutter button. I also always have a polarizer on my lens (to reduce reflected glare) and in all the cases below I also used a grad filter to hold back brightness in the sky. In two of the images I used a combination of a grad filter and HDR together to make sure I got a photo with detail from the darkest shadow to the brightest highlights. For the square and the vertical panorama image I used shift on the tilt-shift lens to make a multiple image stitch. To learn more about these photo techniques, simply click on these links: filters, Tilt-Shift lenses and HDR.