I suspect that a lot of us photographers can relate to being the moth drawn to the flame when it comes to partaking in a beautiful sunset. We get transfixed on looking forward and rifling off frame after frame because that golden light just keeps getting better. That happened to me several weeks back as I was watching the sunset at South Point on the Big Island of Hawaii. I was so enamored with the scene that I almost missed the equally beautiful one developing right behind me.

That’s when having your head on a swivel makes a lot of sense. Of course, it’s important to be cognizant of what’s happening in front of you but it’s also your obligation to be equally aware of what is building up behind you, as well. This particular instance really drove the point home to me and I kept it at the forefront of my mind for the rest of the trip. This rather basic photo tip has served me very well and I thought it’d be worth sharing with all of you.

Be sure to share your thoughts and photos as it pertains to this photo tip!

Camera: Sony a7R with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4
Filter: Formatt Hitech Firecrest 3-stop Soft Grad ND filter
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7