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Steps to a great sunset shot:
1. BE THERE. There is no way you can get a great shot without getting there before the sun goes down. You need compositional elements, trees, reflections, boats, etc.
2. TAKE A TRIPOD. If you stick around until after the sun goes down you will have more vibrant colors in the sky, but your exposure will drop quickly. Take a tripod, or at least a monopod so you can have sharp images from the foreground grass and rocks, to the trees and clouds miles away.
3. SHOOT RAW. If your camera can process them quickly, shoot raw. This will let you play around with layers and masks later on to richen up the color and deepen the shadows or bring out detail in the foreground in certain areas easier than manipulating jpg images.
4. TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES. Bracket your exposure, expose for the sky. Your camera's meter will read all that dark foreground usually and blow out the sky and clouds, so use manual mode if you have it available. Review your images quickly as you shoot and adjust exposure as needed to get close to what you want.
5. DON'T BE AFRAID TO EDIT. Once you get back to the computer you will probably need to do some work to get the colors to pop like you want.
Once I did all of this I resized, sharpened, and uploaded here and on my site.:p