Sky Watch Friday- Maldivian Sunsets

by Mridula on May 9, 2014

in Canon D550,Maldives,Photography,Sky Watch,Sunset

For today’s Sky Watch I bring you the Maldivian sunsets with silhouettes. Being on a beach at sunset is a beautiful experience, in Maldives doubly so. You can gaze into the golden water or watch the waves at play. On the day I clicked pictures, there was a gentle breeze as well. The heat had substantially subsided. Whatever the sun touched it turned golden. The sky was putting up a show!

Golden Waters, Maafushi, Maldives

Golden Waters, Maafushi, Maldives

Some of the sky was reflected in the water too! I had long ago discarded my footwear. The sand felt nice beneath my feet. I had let my hair down, allowing the breeze play with it. The coconut trees were gently swaying.

Sunset, Maafushi Island, Maldives

Sunset at Maafushi, Maldives

However, the sun was the star of the ceremony, all eyes on the beach were glued to it. There was a tussle going on between the sun and the clouds. The sun wanted to retire for the day in all its glory, the clouds were determined to be a part of the play too.

Sunset Silhouette Maafushi Maldives

Magical Sunsets, Maafushi, Maldives

And all that I wrote above was wrong. It may actually have been like that. But my thought process was more like this!

  • Now is TV 1/500 high enough shutter speed to keep the pictures in focus, or like always I will get them blurred with the 75-300 lens.
  • Why did I forget the connector for the tripod at home? I could kick myself again, I did this for the second time. When I was in South Africa I actually forgot to pack the tripod. No wait it was the third time as once in Malaysia I had a broken tripod with me.
  • Most of the time I was desperately searching for a foreground, like a moving boat in the picture above. Without any foreground the sunset pictures can be quite drab.
  • I was really careful about walking on the sand because I, with my main camera and the cell phone, was standing by the edge of the water. I have already fallen in the water with these two objects once at a coral beach (read that story) and I call it my most expensive dip ever! Maafushi was a coral beach too.
  • My hair was firmly tied back or it blows in front of the camera lens, mucking up my pictures. It has a tendency of not blowing in any other direction but in front of the camera. So that is how I knew there was a breeze as I tied my hair back quite severely.
  • There were many other camera wielding tourists at the beach, all equally determined to get that sunset picture and we would keep getting in each-others frames.

I really wish for one sunset I could leave the camera behind and enjoy it like I thought others were enjoying it. But I am equally sure if I ended up without a camera my dominant thought would be to kick myself again!

This post is part of Skywatch Friday, it is through them I learned to romance the skies.

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Chaitali Patel May 10, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Such an honest post! Love it!


Beloo Mehra May 10, 2014 at 11:52 am

Breathtaking colour!


Nevin May 10, 2014 at 8:40 am

These photos are a treat to the eyes!


preethiprasan May 10, 2014 at 8:25 am

:O superb…loved it :)


Gemma Wiseman May 10, 2014 at 4:12 am

The boat and sunset colours are pure magic. An enchanting post.


Christian May 10, 2014 at 3:49 am

Fantastic colors.


Ela May 10, 2014 at 3:17 am

What spectacular views and so amazing colors at the sky !
Really great photos !


Sylvia Kirkwood May 10, 2014 at 2:07 am

Awesome captures, Mridula, and such incredible colors!! Truly breathtaking!! Thanks for sharing these glorious skies! WOW!! Hope you’re enjoying a beautiful weekend!


Ruth - Utah May 10, 2014 at 1:52 am

Wow! Red sky and water.


Share my garden May 10, 2014 at 1:40 am

Well I for one am glad that you didn’t leave your camera behind and that you did tie your hair back and get these fabulous photos! Well worth the effort.


Niranjan May 10, 2014 at 12:21 am

Wonderful frames!


The Tales of a Traveler May 10, 2014 at 12:02 am

Superb clicks :) my fav is the last one …


S.c. May 9, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Real paradise sunset. I like it.


Pradip May 9, 2014 at 8:19 pm

spell bound photography and nature appreciation.


Bikram May 9, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Simply awesome .. BEAUTIFULllllllllllllllllllllllll



My Unfinished Life May 9, 2014 at 7:15 pm
sindhoooo May 9, 2014 at 5:49 pm

fabulous captures Mridula… It was nice reading the story and the realty :) Total entertainment pack!

Best Wishes…


Jim May 9, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Beautiful shots


Deepa May 9, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Beautiful :) also loved to read the post. :) And yes the joy of capturing such wonderful view is much more than to enjoy it without camera.


magiceye May 9, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Loved the last pic the best!!


Rajeev Moothedath May 9, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Wow! what breathtaking photographs…


Renuka May 9, 2014 at 5:02 pm

I agree, even I want to enjoy a sunset without my camera, but I know that’s not possible! Lovely shots and great description! Enjoyed reading the first part!


abhijit May 9, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Very pretty picture. Nice color.


rupam { xhobdo } May 9, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Truly Beautiful


Lady Fi May 9, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Wow wow and more WOW!


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