One evening on holiday, I decided to go out and take shots along St. Ouen’s Bay, Jersey. I made my way down the road known locally as ‘Five Mile Road’, although it’s real name is ‘Le Route de Mielle’ which is of Norse origin: “Mielle is Norse and means Sand Dunes so it was the road through the sand dunes”. I stopped along the dunes that edge the beach there with a view of La Rocco Fort in the distance. The colloquial name ‘Five Mile Road’ comes from the fact that “if you stand at Corbiere and look at L’Etacq that is about five and a half miles worth of distance.” This is such a beautiful place to come in an evening and view the sunset. I took a lot of shots of this lovely evening sky, but forgot that my settings on the camera were still set at ISO 1000 for a another shot I was taking the previous evening. By the time I realised my mistake, it was too late and the sky was quickly disappearing. Luckily, I think they still managed to turn out pretty good. Do please view this shot larger to get the full effect of the evening experience.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
28-300mm IS Zoom Lens (Focal Length 28mm)
Shutter speed: 0.6 seconds
ISO 1000
Cokin Filter system: ND 8 filter, ND graduated filters 8 and 6 (121 and 120)


beach, evening, jersey, purple, seaside, skies, st ouens bay, sunset

Primarily a landscape photographer, my enjoyment of taking photos has developed from a young age. Originally from Texas, I now live in England and am surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery. I enjoy outdoor activities such as climbing, hiking, and camping. I am blessed with a wonderful wife and three terrific children. I am a strong Christian and I believe that my love of photography and any talent I posses in capturing images comes from God.

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  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnalmost 4 years ago

    Oh. The colours are glorious, Shawn! :))

  • Thank you my friend. They are indeed aren’t they? Such a beautiful night. The only downside was my ISO settings. I am pleased you like it.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 4 years ago

    Incredible sky!

  • That is wonderfully kind of you David. Thank you my friend. It was indeed a fabulous sky. There are some spectacular sunsets along this bay and at the Light house just up from here. It’s one of my favourite parts of the island.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • JKKimball
    JKKimballalmost 4 years ago

    Outstanding Bradley!
    Such colours!!

  • Thank you JK! I really appreciate the lovely compliment. The sunsets can be really spectacular here.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...almost 4 years ago

    Superb colours! I don’t think the high ISO has harmed it at all. A magnificent view, whichever way you look at it!

  • Thank you for that encouragement and the wonderful compliment. It is lovely, you’re right. I love just walking in the dunes there. I have never taken any photos of them in the daylight. I think that will be my project next summer.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Yool
    Yoolalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome color !!!!!!!!

  • Thank you Yool. Such a lovely compliment. There are always magnificent skies over this bay, whatever the weather.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinalmost 4 years ago

    Stunning Shawn! The colours are really vivid. Do I recognise this scene from some of your other pics?

  • Thank you bud. I really like using my filters. They really bring out the deep colours of a sunset sky. It is very possible. I do have some other shots up this bay. I will find them out.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot and a great coloured sky. Amazing details in it too.

  • Thank you my friend. There was a point in the evening when I thought about not going out to take shots. The sky didn’t look so interesting, but I am glad I changed my mind.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Karen Millard
    Karen Millardalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous sky, you got out there on the right night

  • Thank you greatly my friend. It was a glorious night indeed. Like I said above, at one point it didn’t look there was going to be much of a sunset, but I should never second guess this bay. Have you seen some of my other shots of our day out? I haven’t put too many up, but I will put more up later.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Appel
    Appelalmost 4 years ago

    Wow! Those colors are beautiful!! (I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who forgets to change my settings back!) ;-)

  • LOL! No, you’re not alone, but it isn’t a usual mistake for me. Thank you so much Ann. It is always lovely when you visit. I appreciate the wonderful and encouraging compliment. Hope you are well my friend.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Shelley Neff
    Shelley Neffalmost 4 years ago

    Spectacular colors! Nice work!!

  • That is so wonderful of you to say. God painted it and I just captured it. Thank you indeed though. I love getting fabulous compliments like yours.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

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