You’ve probably often heard landscape photographers talking about how sunset and sunrise are good times to be out taking photos. There’s a pretty good reason as to why those moments are hyped so much. They present us with magical light that truly transforms the scene around us completely. Have a look at the following image that photographer Ross Schram von Haupt took of Mt. Rainier during sunset. It almost looks like a scene out of some video game:
Haupt took the image with his Nikon D610 and Nikon 16-35 f/4 lens at 16mm, f/11, 1/50-second exposure, and ISO 100. And to ensure that the image was tack sharp from front to back, he also did some focus stacking.
The most striking feature of this image has to be the explosion of colors in the sky. The golden light from the setting sun is seen beautifully dominating the western sky. And it’s not only the clouds in the sky that have been kissed by the golden light. The blanket of clouds in the midground glowing with the golden light adds an ethereal look to the image.
“Getting this shot was wayyyyy harder than it had to be. The low clouds were changing height constantly. They would rise 100ft then drop down 200, just to rise back up 300. While it created some of the best atmosphere I’ve ever been lucky enough to shoot, it also meant I was scrambling around trying to find compositions.”
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