I chose to head out on Quincy Road east and north towards the town of Bennett and it's large grain silos, thinking they'd make for a good photo subject.
There was a strong wind blowing in a north-westerly directly that kept trying to shove me and Valencia over the road's center line but it amounted to no major issues. On two wheels though, I think the ride would have been more than interesting.
I arrived at Bennet, at the beginning of the "Golden Hour", that time of day when the sun casts everything in a very mellow yellow light.
On Quincy Road, I liked the way the setting sun cast light on
the power lines, making them look like spider web lines.
The older and smaller of the grain silos in Bennett, CO
As the sun was sinking lower and lower into the horizon, I rode on back towards Quincy Road via CO79 and ended up just in time to pose Valencia in the empty parking lot of the Aurora Race Track which is located near the Aurora Reservoir.
You know how you shoot many pictures in the hopes one or two shots will come out OK and usable? The motorcycling gods must have been smiling upon me and Valencia this evening because I had several very nice shots come out. I've been, for several years now, been trying to get that perfect sunset silhouette shot of the motorcycle against the setting sun.
I give you Valencia, and a gorgeous Colorado Sunset:
At the start of the shooting, my Panasonic Lumix in "Sunset" Mode
A broader view of the sunset a few minutes later
Still in "sunset" mode with the camera.
The above was shot in HDR "Art" mode
I retouched it a bit more as well
The sun has set and the after glow is still quite bright in the sky
Here's one of the earlier shots, heavily retouched
to get the burning sun effect.....
As I was riding away from the race track, the after glow effect of the sun light coming now from below the horizon served to continue the beautiful light show all the way home:
I hope you liked the sunset shots, for me it was quite the sunset ride. I hope you got in a good ride today as well!