Shooting the sky over water, particularly sunsets, must be the easiest route to producing awesome images. From the cabin on Hamlin Lake, the setup is perfect—an unobstructed view across a lake to sand dunes and forest, a westward orientation, and a few useful foreground elements (although a few more would be helpful). The easy part is that a good shooting location is 100 feet from my temporary work station. I shot these 12 photos over a nine-day period in late July and early August, 5 of them on stormy August 2.
I underexposed most of the sunset shots by two-thirds of a stop to avoid washing out the lighter sections. Initial postprocessing was done with Windows Live Photo Gallery. I did additional work with Ribbet online, using these tools: vibrance, vignette, Greek Islands for two, gritty for one, and HDR-ish for two.
The photos are shown in a gallery. For a full-size view, just click on the image.