I read somewhere that the best light to photograph is not actually the sunset but 30 minutes post sunset (and correspondingly before sunrise as well). Now that is a theory that needs to be verified but for some reason or the other,I’ve ended up photographing the Ruby Beach seascapes usually after the sun as actually set (the big spherical ball has sunk into the sea). The transition between before sunset and after sunset is actually quite swift and I have been found wanting in my preparation for it. I have used a Graduated Neutral Density Filter here to stop light on the sky portion of the composition. The sea-stack is hence rendered a silhouette. Exposure time is 1.6 seconds and I’ve not tried to go slower (did not have a dry place to keep my bag and take out the ND filter. I also liked the smooth folds being created by the retreating wave at this exposure time. any slower and it would have smoothed out and lost the shape)
Here is a monochrome version of the same beach from last year.