Unexpected Sunset

I had taken the family to Chester for the day.  A touch of retail therapy was in order.  I'm not really a city person, i find the hustle & bustle quite irritating.  Having said that...  Chester is a very pretty place to be.

It was a fairly typical grey day for January in England, we had made out way round the shops and the kids managed to con me into Gino's Gelato(because when you are 9, it's never too cold for ice cream)

We were done for the day and heading back to the car park loaded up with bags.   Everyone was now hungry and a pub tea was waiting for us part way back home.  My Youngest was telling me all about how she was going to live in one of the trendy apartments overlooking the river when out of nowhere the sky started to turn pink and then exploded with orange and purple.  But the light was dropping fast, the sun sets early and quickly at this time of year.  i wanted to get back to the car, get the tripod and filters out but there was no time.   We rounded the corner to the view below and tried to make the most of it.

Having no tripod, i propped myself on the wall to be as steady as i could, opened up the aperture as wide as the lens wold let me.   Now i don't have a steady hand so wanted to keep the shutter speed faster then 1/100th of a second to get a sharp image.

I'll make sure to visit again and be better equipped.  There's stunning views from the city walls and along the riverside.  i just hope the sky is as kind again.

 1/125, F4.0, ISO 800, 24mm

1/125, F4.0, ISO 800, 24mm