How can you tell when a sunset is going to be spectacular?
I have a spot that I like to take sunset pictures. I find that the most spectacular moments last for only maybe 5-10 minutes. What I would like to do is know about a half hour before that a sunset is going to be spectacular, so I can grab my camera, tripod, walk 5-10 minutes to my sunset spot, set up, and have a few minutes to spare in case something happens. However, I've often missed really cool sunsets, because I just don't know when to photograph them. How can you tell beforehand when a sunset is going to be spectacular? Thanks!
It looks like the question was asked in an edit, and it's kind of hard to get the answer out of that question. I'll leave it for others to decide if this should be closed, but I think it's a separate question.
In my experience, if there's lots of cloud overhead, but a break in the cloud towards the western horizon, then as the sun dips below it will illuminate pretty much the whole sky. Don't forget that the best lighting occurs AFTER the sun has actually set. Make sure you have some foreground interest too, if possible, just to add a bit of depth.
Completely agree with the idea that a lot of great images can be taken after the sun has completely set. DPS did a great article on twilight recently - http://www.digital-photography-school.com/beyond-sunset-the-differen-phases-of-twilight