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Winter "Skyline" (chilly - not chili)

Sundown in the city of Cincy.
Sundown in the city of Cincy.

Photographers see the world through different eyes. Some are born with this gift, while others cultivate and develop their skillful eye over a period of time. It takes a particular mentality to look at the world and see things that might be otherwise overlooked but would be appreciated if noticed. Michelangelo must have seen the Sistine Chapel and imagined so much more than others would have. To them it was a ceiling and nothing more, but in his eyes it was a thing of beauty. Colors begging to be brought to life, and so they were. When the composer Johann Sebastian Bach heard notes of music, it was not as you or I would hear, but instead each note was a piece of a greater whole and complete concertos were born. It was as if the chapel and the concerto were always there, just waiting for the right person to breathe life into them, and so it is that art happens.

The wind was cold but the sky was warm this January evening. Wind chill 4 but the ducks didn't mind.
Photo by: Elizabeth Steinhilber

Recipe for beauty
For the photographer, instead of paintbrushes or musical instruments, cameras, lights and lenses are the tools of the trade. So what makes a perfect picture, you ask? Let’s start with…

• a touch of imagination
• a smidgen of luck
• a dash of dramatic skyline cutouts contrasting the sky at dusk
• a few carefully placed splotches of pink and purple above it all
• a thin, wispy cloud or two
• a sprinkling of stardust

Mix all of these together, and just add water. Using a tripod for stability, set your camera for a large depth of field using ambient light only, and slow the shutter as needed to record the scene in all its beauty. With patience, a persistent and dedicated photographer captures, not just a picture, but a symphony in the sky.

Cincy Sunsets
As seen in the accompanying photo, and in the slideshow below, Cincinnati at sunset presents a wealth of opportunity for dramatic photography. The reflection of the city in the waters of the Ohio River adds a unique illusion of color to the sunset above. But here’s a tip for the photographer planning to take pictures on the river at this time of year. Be prepared to wait several days to actually see the sun at sunset, and always wear a very warm coat (you know Cincinnati weather…).


  • LuAnn 5 years ago

    Love the "Mirror Image". Great article. I look forward to the next one! Thanks.

  • RiverRat 5 years ago

    Great pictures. You're right, it's always pretty down by the river at dusk.

  • CincyShutterbug 5 years ago

    With so many gray days lately, it must have taken a while to get these pics. Haven't seen a sunset that pretty for quite a while. Thanks for sharing this one!

  • Regina 5 years ago

    The pictures are beautiful and show the talent of a beautiful photographer and the gift she possesses.

  • Linda 5 years ago

    What a beautiful sight. These pictures were just beautiful. I love the work you do.

  • Misty 5 years ago

    I love the article. The pictures are great. I didn't realize how beautiful it was on the river! Thanks! Looking forward to the next article!

  • Julie 5 years ago

    Nice pictures of the river. I liked the last one too!

  • Nancy 5 years ago

    The 6th photo was my favorite. The tree's own beutiful design on the sky was captured as the photographer also captured the beauty of the skyline.

  • Norman 5 years ago

    Beth, I liked all the photos, but my favorite was the one taken in the mirror. I saw that I'm not the only one to say that. Keep up the good work.

  • C Niples 5 years ago

    Ms.Steinhilber, What a talent!! I'm seeing your works more & more in & around the Cinti. area. Coincidentally, I have also read your book. Never know where you will pop up next. Hope you stay with the Examiner!

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