I’ve found that it is best to use a manual lens with my camera set to manual for those kinds of pictures. On automatic it goes for the average lighting, which usually washes out the sunset. The only manual lens I carry around with me is the telephoto lens, so I wasn’t able to get the whole sunrise into the frame.
So I did. And Sunday I went up Lambs Canyon, from my house it’s about 11 miles east on I-80, to do some comparison shots with the auto lens and the manual lens. I resized and added the caption to the pictures, but other than that they are completely unedited.
The old, manual lens is not necessarily better for everyday shots, but I’m still going to pack it around all the time for any special light I want to capture. There are no comparison shots for the ones in the gallery below, but as you’ll see, there are some that give a great effect because I could play with the light. (Those too were sized and copyrighted, but are otherwise untouched).