Prairie Landscapes: Sunset on Buffalo Lake
I was east of Red Deer at a friend’s cabin on Buffalo Lake over the weekend. He tricked a wonderful lady into saying yes next week so this was his send off into marriage party. As night approached we went down to the lakeshore and set up a fire. Well my friends built the fire, I saw the shimmer of color on the horizon and thought a long exposure could gather enough light to make nice skyscapes. While they got the fire going, I busied myself taking photographs of the dwindling sunset and its reflection on the slow rolling water.
I kicked a couple of guys off their chairs for a minute to use them as foreground elements (the chairs not the guys). Shooting at 400 ISO gave me 20-30 second exposures depending on the aperture used. This demanded a tripod but allowed the water to soften and the colors to “soak” in. I could have used a cable release to get longer exposures and lower ISO’s but I didn’t want to be photographing all night and miss out on the festivities – choices and priorities.
As the fire began to burn, it brightened the water’s edge and this was the last image I made before putting the camera off to the side. With the stars glowing through the darkening sky, there is a suggestion of Heaven and Hell that I might have explored further if I was there for photography but just looks cool as it is.