Sunrise over western Montana, September 21, 2013. The image above was taken at 7:22 a.m. This image is an example of how the lighting at sunrise is very different than the light at sunset (see image below). The clouds here appear to be low in the sky and the air has not been warmed up from the sun, yet. This image is slightly blurred, as it was taken in a moving vehicle.
Sunset over western Montana on September 21, 2013. The image here was taken at 7:48 p.m. This image was taken using a tripod. The image here is roughly 5 miles away from where the sunrise photo above in this post was taken. As you can see the colors of sunset are much darker and varied in hues. The clouds in the sky also show many differences; longer, less dense, and seem to be packed closer together.
The differences in sunrise and sunset can be attributed to the changes in wind patterns, the angle of the sun, the direction light is streaming from (sunrise from the east, sunset from the west), and the temperature of the air.
Have you ever photographed a sunrise and sunset on the same day? Do you prefer the light of sunset over the light of sunrise? Why are sunsets preferred more over sunrises? Are sunset reflections better and more interesting than a sunset over a mountain? How far would you travel to photograph a sunrise or sunset?