How to Capture an Exquisite Tahoe Sunset

One of the most beautiful photos you can snap while in Tahoe is of the sun setting behind the mountains, with a million sparkles lighting up the lake. Lucky for us at Heavenly, our location on the east side of the lake means we’re in perfect sun-set watching position.

In fact, all along the east side of the lake there are numerous turn outs, view points and hidden beaches where you can take it all in and capture a unique photo. Here are some of my tips and favorite locations to photo

Check a weather report to see when sunset is going to be. Lately, it’s been around 8:15 pm

Get your camera ready. Make sure whatever camera you’re using is charged and accessible. Don’t feel like you need something fancy, all of my sunset photos below were taken with an iPhone

Plot your location. Explore all the best location on the east side of the lake, from Nevada Beach to Sand Harbor, ahead of time to ensure you don’t miss your chance to get the best picture

Get there early. Some of the best places to watch the sun set in Tahoe require a little bit of hiking, so get there early to give yourself plenty of time to post up before the show

Frame your picture. I usually try to place something in the foreground of my sunset pictures to give the shot some depth. Rocks, trees or even people work for this

Share your pictures! Show your friends/family how beautiful it is where you are by posting your photo to Facebook and Twitter.

To give you some inspiration, here are some of my sunset photos taken at various spots all along the lake. I mostly used my regular iPhone camera, but also play with the Hipstamatic iPhone app to add some stylizing.

Lake Tahoe Sunset

Tahoe Sunset

South Lake Tahoe Sunset

Lake Tahoe Sunset

Sunset in Lake Tahoe

Happy Sunset Spotting!




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