The 1st ever photo assignment i had in college had to do with light. My instructor said, "don't turn in a full assignment of sunsets, you can shoot at that time but I don't want photos of just a sunset. If you do this, you will fail the project." He went on to talk about turning and pointing your camera away from it, whether it is only 45° or 180°, it didn't matter. One thing he went on to say that still sticks with me every time I shoot is, "as beautiful as a sunset may be, imagine the light and color it is casting on the objects around it." And that couldn't be more true! Don't get me wrong, I still point my lens directly at it (not all the time) but even just the slightest movement away can capture amazing lighting.
For this shot in La Jolla I shifted just a little bit to the left of sunset. By doing this, I was able to capture the warm light reflecting off the side of the rock formations and even in the water on the bottom left of the frame.
Also, the waves in La Jolla on this particular day were unreal! #ig_shotz_sunset #igsouthwest