How To Capture Great Sunsets And Sunrises

There are many great ways to capture the scenery of a country estate, which by definition should have a wide array of possible angles, scenery, backdrops and atmospheric conditions at various times of the day and year.

One great option is to capture the estate at sunset or sunrise, when the building or perhaps some notable feature such as a copse or garden is shown in front of a glorious red sky.

However, there is far more to it than simply turning up before dawn or late in the day, pointing the camera and snapping away. A skilled photographer in Berkshire will have a range of considerations in mind when seeking that perfect shot.

Firstly, there will be a huge amount of preparation and patience involved. A skilled photographer will turn up very early and leave late, taking time to work out the sun’s position as it rises or sets, which part of the estate to capture - be it a feature dominated by one thing or a long vista - and also take into account matters like the weather conditions.

In the latter case, one may remember that old saying “red sky at night, shepherd’s delight”. This means some of the best sunsets occur in weather conditions that are highly advantageous, with great weather in prospect the following day.

However, in winter the next day might not be so great, but there could be other elements at play, such as winter frosts or mist, which can make a sunrise look superbly atmospheric.

It should also be noted that the best pictures require the right filters and shutter speeds, another reason it pays to bring in a skilled photographer who has top-notch equipment and knows how to use it.

The result, however, can be truly breathtaking; giving your client a magnificent set of images that combine the grandeur of a country estate with the magnificent colours of the ‘golden hour’ and the sun peeping over the horizon under stunning skies.