Sunset, Big Sur, 2011

So, did any of my readers out there in the western United States – or Asia – happen to see the solar eclipse on Sunday?  The people here in the eastern U.S. were unable to see it as the sun had already set for us when the moon passed in front of it.  Having not seen the moon when it was at its perigee – its closest approach to Earth – a few weeks ago, that makes two big celestial events that I’ve missed lately.
Still, this post is about the sun.  I made these images last September when I was in Big Sur, California, to attend a figure workshop with Kim Weston.  After the workshop ended, I had no plans, so I just decided to get in the rental car and drive down south along the coast.
At one point I pulled the car over and got out to look around when I saw the scene presented here.  The sun was setting, slowly dropping down to the horizon, but it was obscured by a stretch of clouds.  I really liked the effect that the clouds created, yielding a scene of alternating bands of light and dark, so I shot a roll of 120 film.
Here are two of the images.

About Dave Rudin

Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.
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