Sunset Photo Trip at Sandy Bay - Beautiful Pier with Gorgeous Sea and Sky Colors

Sunset Photo Trip at Sandy Bay - Beautiful Pier with Gorgeous Sea and Sky Colors

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Sunset Photo Trip at Sandy Bay - Beautiful Pier with Gorgeous Sea and Sky Colors

EOS 70D • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS • f5.6 • 1/125s • ISO 100
Sandy Bay, also known as Sha Wan, is a little bay located on the west of Hong Kong Island. Because of its west facing location where sunset can be seen, as well as an old, characteristic pier and an unobstructed view of the sea and sky, this place has become a popular photography location as famous as the Sai Wan Swimming Shed.

This place is easily accessible. First, take minibus 58 at the minibus stop located outside exit A of Kennedy Town MTR Station and get off at Sha Wan Soccer Pitch. Then walk to Sha Wan Drive and go all the way along the seaside to the pier. Total transportation time including walking time is around 30 minutes. Simply follow the same route on your way back. Take minibus 58 from across the road where you got off to return to Kennedy Town MTR Station.
After getting off the minibus, walk along Sha Wan Drive next to the soccer pitch
The pier is located midway along the walk by the seaside
Photos featured in this article were taken in May, when the sun sets a bit further north between spring and summer. To capture the best sunset shot there, we can go in autumn and winter seasons when the sun sets a bit far to the southwest. You can check on this website http://suncalc.net/ to get the exact sunrise and sunset direction of a particular location.
The website is a very useful tool. Simply enter the location (press GO) and date on the top left or directly search on the map and the sunrise and sunset time and direction will be shown
EOS 70D • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS • f5.6 • 1/640s • ISO 200
EOS 70D • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS • f5.6 • 1/2000s • ISO 200
EOS 70D • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS • f5.6 • 1/400s • ISO 100
EOS 70D • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS • f5.6 • 1/125s • ISO 100
EOS 70D • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS • f5.6 • 1/160s • ISO 100
EOS 70D • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS • f16 • 0.5s • ISO 100
EOS 70D • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS • f5.6 • 1/200s • ISO 100
Although we didn’t really see the setting sun on the day we visited due to the hazy weather, there was still a bit of rosy colors in the sky. For best capture of this kind of clouds that look like a colored glass, the simplest way is to lower the exposure compensation a bit when shooting. Alternatively, you can set the metering mode to Spot Metering and spot meter on the sky to retain gradations in colors. You can also increase the Vibrance value during post-editing to make the colors more prominent. See below photos for the comparison.
Original image
The sunset vibe is enriched with Vibrance set to around 70
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