Sunset Near Vincentown New Jersey by Richard Lewis 2014
The number one subject of photography is a sunset. Why not? They can be absolutely beautiful and they happen at a time that doesn’t require getting up early (like for a sunrise). However, that popular of a subject can become a cliche. To avoid creating another cliched photograph, you need to ask these questions:
Does the world need another one of these?
If it does, then how can I make this one better or unique to my creative voice?
Once you answer these questions it is time to set up your camera and create a great composition.
How I Did It – While driving home one evening it was becoming obvious that we were about to experience a spectacular sunset. Not wanting to create just another sunset photograph, I found a scene that I felt was fitting to the beautiful sky. Here is what I did.
Added a human and local element by framing the sky against the silhouette of an old early nineteenth century New Jersey farm house.
Showed the juxtaposition of the bands of beautiful light in the sky against the bands of snow in the field.
To add a sense of warmth and humanity to the image, I “digitally” turned on a warm glowing light in the farm house using Photoshop.
Avoiding a cliche means taking any subject and expressing it in your own creative voice.