When the conditions are just right, an event like a sunset can get crazy. The explosion of colors in the sky mixed with dramatic cloud patterns and a majestic landscape; these are the ingredients that a landscape photographer’s dreams are made of. Luckily, when landscape photographer Ross Schram von Haupt was out in the Superstition Mountains in Arizona, he got to witness such a sunset in real life. Just have a look at the image below and you’ll see why it was so special:
The image is a 3 shot focus stack that Haupt took with his Nikon D610 and Nikon 16-35mm f.4 lens at ISO 100, 16mm, f/14, and 1s exposure time.
What’s striking about this image is how well composed and brilliantly vibrant it is. The interesting cacti in the foreground, the Three Sisters Peak in the mid-ground, and the crazy beautiful sky in the background altogether make this image an insane package.
“This particular scene was facing roughly 60° to the right of the actual sunset. And I can’t even begin to explain the color and light that was going off. It was hard to keep my focus on the scene in front of me and not turn to watch the main sunset to my left.”
It’s also interesting how the colors in the sunset match the colors of the cacti in the foreground. How Haupt has composed this brilliant image has definitely done justice to the beautiful sunsets that Arizona is known for. Wouldn’t you love to witness such a sunset for yourself?
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