Sunset hike to use my new camera

Last night I thought the sunset might shape up to be something spectacular, so I grabbed my camera, tripod, and MaeBelle and we took a quick jaunt up the trail just above our house to watch the sun set over Helena.  I love that we live so close to the trails.  This particular trail is just a block and a half from our house.  It took us about 15 minutes to get to our spot to set up the camera and wait for the sun to set over Mount Helena.  MaeBelle was happy to be out hiking.


Although I haven’t taken much time to mess around with the manual settings on my camera (I just need to find some time to read the manual), I did play around with some of the scene settings like sunset, close up flower shots, and the like. I know I’ll get a lot more out of my camera when I can find the time to experiment manually with the camera.

I love the view of Helena from this little point–you can see the cathedral and the Sleeping Giant in the background watching over Helena.


Although the sunset colors weren’t as spectacular as I’d hoped, there were some nice cloud formations over the Scratchgravel Hills.


One feature I was anxious to try on my new Nikon D5600 is the time-lapse movie feature.  This is one setting I did read about in the manual, about 20 minutes before I left for our hike.  It’s a cool setting!  The camera takes a series of photos every few seconds and it stitches them together into a movie, so I don’t have to do the work on my computer.  This is a new feature to the Nikon D5000 series, and I like it.  Check out my 10 minute time lapse (condensed to 4 seconds) taking a photo every 5 seconds.  You can see a jet contrail that looks an awful lot like a shooting star, and halfway through there is a train headlight that appears near the middle of the shot.  Nifty!  This feature will get lots of use by me.

2 thoughts on “Sunset hike to use my new camera

  1. Oh that’s a neat feature! I use a Nikon D5500, I think I need an upgrade 😁😁 Your photos look awesome, I can’t wait to see more!

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  2. Oh that’s awesome! If I’d been in the market for a new camera just a few months earlier, I would have ended up with the D5500–the D5600 came out in February, I think. I can’t wait to get out and REALLY have a chance to play around with it. I’ve got a couple of weekend trips planned next month–that’s when I’m going to go nuts using it!


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