This breathtaking image by Steve Schwindt is everything you’d expect from a golden hour landscape photo. It has great details of Mount Hood, mesmerizing shadow areas in the form of snow-decked coniferous trees, and a sky that is an indescribable combination of blue, flaming orange, and grey. To top it all off, the snow covered foreground forms a soothing balance for the otherwise brightly colored palette:
Schwindt made a total of four exposures then blended them together. This ensured that everything was sharp in focus in the frame. His camera settings were ISO 100, focal length 17mm, f/8 and 1/30 of a second. He used a Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 17–40mm 4L lens, and an Induro Stealth CLT203 tripod.
This is an amazing shot! Mount Hood glowing in the golden yellow morning light appears like a phoenix that rises out of its own ashes.
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