It’s 545 pm. People passing by Manila bay will surely know that this is the time of the day when you have to sit back and enjoy the best view there is: the SUNSET.
I love sunsets. People closest in my life knew that, and you will know it once you see that most of the photos I take are all related to sunsets.
But most of the time, I want to savor the view by myself. Why such love? Why such passion on this everyday phenomenon? It is because I relate sunset to the way I see life:
FULL OF COLOR
Literally and figuratively, the sunset displays a majestic array of light and color. Perhaps the best part for me is around 10 minutes after the sun has gone down. Some of my friends in photography call it “the golden hour”. Funny how they call it an hour when in fact it only lasts for minutes. Anyway, this is the time where the usual yellow tone fades, and the sky gives off this awesome hues of blue and orange. Some sunset give off this fiery red hue, some deep yellow. Each sunset is unique, the way life is everyday.
SHORT BUT MEANINGFUL
As a sunset photographer, I value each minute I spend shooting the sun the way I value the fact that it will only be short-lived. I always advise my friends that “every minute counts” when it comes to sunsets. The perfect hue only happens in a span of 3-5 minutes, and that’s all the time you have to capture this majestic view.
The same goes with our lives. Almost always, the best things happen only for a short time, and the best opportunities come rarely. Learning to appreciate the things that you have makes life more meaningful. Learning to grab each opportunity makes every effort worthwhile. Never waste a minute looking at nothing. As I mentioned earlier, sunsets happen everyday, but it is not everyday that you see the good ones. At times, the sun is already covered by the gloomy clouds, and believe me, you can’t help but sigh and stare at something else. So if you see a good one, stop and stare at its beauty.
Are you ready to pull all the stops for the perfect view? Will you appreciate the beauty of your everyday life, or are you just one of those many who see life as an everyday struggle, bringing the negativities and affecting the people around them?