sunset photography

All around the blogosphere you read lots of posts and quotes about dream following, about doing what makes you happy, about being whoever you want to be. But the truth is that putting into practice these lines of wisdom is not easy, especially if you’re still figuring those things out. I believe everybody has a passion in life, and even if it’s not defined yet, it’s there somewhere waiting to be uncovered.

With busy work schedules and other projects in mind, I haven’t done a great job making time to practice my hobbies as much as I would like, but yesterday evening turned out being the perfect occasion to change that.

When I got home from work the day was still nice outside, so Dan and I went on a little date to see the sun sink below the horizon while the sky turned into red and orange colors. When we were already out of the apartment about to lock the door, I realized that something important was missing. I asked him to wait a second, got inside the apartment again and grabbed my camera, a towel, and his guitar. Dan has played music since he was a little kid, composing always his own songs and turning them into compelling and unique music. The guy has an innate ability to connect his music to my soul, I could literally spend days listening to his songs non-stop and be a happy camper. So what’s better than listening to his music while enjoying the last moments of daylight? Literally nothing.

I put the towel down on the sand, pulled out my camera and let myself get lost on the beauty of the surroundings. I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a few California sunsets now, and every single time they took my breath away. I just wish I could bring all the people I love here and let them be part of what I see every evening.

Last night I was thinking, like I sometimes do, about how photography has become a big part of my life, and how happy I am when I take a great picture and see that Dan likes it as much as I do. We might have different passions, music and photography, but it really means a lot to me the fact that somehow we can combine them and still spend time together doing what we both love. We would not be happy if one of us had to give up our interests, or if we couldn’t share them with the person we love the most. Today I just feel grateful for that.

This is the view we had in front of us… now Β you can understand me when I say that this sunset takes my breath away every single time…

sunset photography, california

sunset photography

sunset photography, music

sunset photography, music

sunset photography, music

Dreams in the dusk,
only dreams closing the day
and with the day’s close going back
to the gray things, the dark things,
the far, deep things of dreamland.

Dreams, only dreams in the dusk,
only the old remembered pictures
of lost days when the day’s loss
wrote in tears the heart’s loss.

Tears and loss and broken dreams
may find your heart at dusk.

Carl Sandburg

sunset photography, music

sunset photography, music

sunset photography, music

sunset photography, music

sunset photography, music

Do you have a hobby you share with your loved ones? How did you find your “special thing”?

Have a great day!



34 thoughts on “DREAMING IN DUSK

      • Wonderful as always. It’s setting just now behind the Spring Mountains, we live on the west side of the valley so we are first to go into the shadows. meanwhile, if you walk out on the street in from of the house, you can see down into the valley and how the Strip stays in the sun several minutes longer than we do up here. 80 degrees and awesome now. πŸ™‚

  1. I would say running is my current hobby. It’s what I do solely for me, but REALLY enjoy it when I can share it with Zach.

    And I don’t know what it is about these pictures, but you really caught some emotions in them. What an amazing talent you have lady πŸ™‚ Seriously!

    • Thank you so much Ashley! πŸ™‚ I’m realizing that choosing the right time of the day is key to take great pictures. Before I got serious into photography, I always thought the best moments were right when the sun is at its highest (12am-4pm) but now I can see how wrong I was. The moments of light after the sunrise or before the sunset are without doubts the best to take nice photos!

    • I’m making the most of my time in California, I really am. It’s the perfect place to practice photography as there is so much to explore out there. Thank you so much for your supportive words, it means a lot!

  2. A world of magic blooms when you and your love one shares your interest and hobbies with each other. It is even greater when it is two different hobbies because you get the best of both worlds. We share the art of photography together. Different perspectives, different styles, shared with each other and it becomes a magnificent unique style! I love to craft things and he loves to design things. One room filled with creativity makes the conversation keep flowing. Its lovely and its ahhmazing. thanks for sharing and glad you two got in touch with your hobbies again. It keeps you sane and expands your horizon on what passions can be further nurtured!

  3. Wonderful photos of a sunset at the beach with a man who touches your heart with his love and beautiful music! Blessings to both!…. Photography is my hobby too, but I’m very much an amateur. I have a small camera, a Panasonic Lumix digital camera. Although it can perform wonders, I only do the basics. It gives me a lot of pleasure, that’s the main thing.

    • Thanks for the kind comment Irina, I’m so glad you like my pictures. I consider myself an amateur photographer as well, trying to understand my camera and making the most of it. Photography is not about the gear, but the photographer behind πŸ™‚

  4. This is once again a great post! Love your pictures and you guys are the cutest couple! It is so important to share your passions with your loved one! I definitely need to find a guy who’s into photography! πŸ˜‰

  5. Today, individuals are living longer. Regrettably, many of these lives are more a testament to the simple act of breathing than purpose and destiny. Many have lost the ability, even the desire to dream. To believe that tomorrow will be better because of their contributions. We’ve believed the lie that the “American Dream” is the dream all should dream.

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