One can easily see why. The setting of the sun is a natural highlight of a day's cycle. Sunsets embrace seemingly familiar landmarks in an exciting new light. And, unlike many of the landmarks themselves, sunsets are simply beautiful and a pleasure to watch - as well as to photograph. There you have it.
So devoted am I to sunsets that, before embarking on yet another trip, I usually check for scenic sunset spots at the destination. The main trick is to avoid the obvious tourist traps. Take Santorini's Oia, for example. Presented as the "World's Best Sunset", it offers little as far as the "best" experience is concerned – on top bundling it rather unpleasantly with crowds of similarly fooled fellow tourists. If I were them, I’d check Santorini's Ammoudi village downhill from Oia instead - or indeed the Pyrgos village offering a spectacular sunset view over both of banana-shaped island's two ends. You would kill two birds with one stone: avoid the crowds and enjoy a Santorini sunset more breath-taking than Oia will ever dream of.
In short, if you are serious about sunsets, it is important to choose the shooting spot carefully.
Somebody asked the other day what my most spectacular sunset of all time was. Hmmm. Memories came flooding in as I recalled scene after scene of majestic, multicolour light displays. It would be impossible to choose one "best" sunset, so many great ones there have been. After some more thinking, however, I managed to select a quarter of a hundred - twenty five perfect sunset moments I will never forget.
See for yourselves why.
That Thessaloniki sunset is perhaps the closest I will ever get to perfection. I still keep hearing from the locals along the lines of "I have seen your sunset pictures on Flickr. I remember that day. Was it March 2008?"
Truly unforgettable moments.