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Sunset Rays over the Alaska Range


Sunset light and colors over the Alaska Range and the Susitna River - Talkeetna, Alaska

Sunset light and colors over the Alaska Range and the Susitna River – Talkeetna, Alaska

Caught this rare moment of evening light rays filtering through the clouds on to the Alaska Range and the Susitna River in Talkeetna. Alaksa, land of the midnight sun, does have beautiful summer sunsets.

This image shows the south view of the Alaska Range. Mt McKinley is off to the right of the frame. Looking for a good sunset location in Talkeetna? I’d get to the banks of the Susitna River.

I wished I could have gotten on higher ground or hiked beyond the tree lines to get a cleaner frame, but didn’t have enough time.


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Sol Duc Falls – Olympic National Park


Sol Duc Falls - Olympic National Park, WA

Sol Duc Falls – Olympic National Park, WA


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Patricia Lake Autumn Sunrise


Golden aspens awaiting first light as the morning mist rises from Patricia Lake -  Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Golden aspens awaiting first light as the morning mist rises from Patricia Lake, Jasper National Park – Alberta, Canada

I shot this image about fifteen minutes prior to my previous photo, Layers of Stillness. From this view, turn 120° left to see the alpenglow on the Triden Range. Patricia Lake is small and easily accessible, but when those aspens turn colors on a crystal clear lake water surface, this place is incredibly photogenic. Throw in a moody cold Autumn mist rising under a colorful sunrise sky, this place can take one’s breath away. The best part about this beautiful morning sunrise? I saw only two other sunrise watchers enjoying this scene in silence. Out on this small lake, I found my own space and time, and I loved the absolute stillness of this quiet sunrise. This was one of those rare intangible moments that I can’t described nor captured with my camera. I think of myself as a “light chaser”, but it is not just about the light, it’s about finding those “pauses” that make time stands still. “Light” is what you see.




Twilight Sky over Maligne Lake – Jasper National Park, Alberta


Twilight Sky over Maligne Lake

Spent a week in the Canadian Rockies during foliage season and came home with many beautiful photos. Out of seven days there, I was able to photograph one good sunset. The Canadian Rockies have so many beautiful locations that I would love to be able to spend a few weeks there. Between Banff and Jasper, I much prefer the quiet beauty of Jasper. For this evening, I had all Maligne Lake to myself. For hours, our car was the only vehicle in the parking lot.

Will post and write more about my trip. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy this image. I captured many different variations of this beautiful sunset over Maligne Lake’s boat house, but like the soft pink clouds in this shot as opposed to later shots that feature intense red skies.

To get a good exposure of the sky and the foreground – including those trees that might have been in deep shadows, I stacked a 2 stops soft edge GND filter and a 2 stops hard edge GND filter. To get extra vertical coverage of the beautiful soft pink sky while maintaining my favorite rocks in the foreground, I took two horizontal exposures at 16mm and combined them in Photoshop. To capture the cloud movements, I lengthen my exposure to five seconds.




Keymaster and Gatekeeper


A candid shot of a Southern California beach runner during the twilight hour

Last week, I took my camera gears to the mountains, hoping to shoot new photos, but for three days, I saw 50 inches of fresh snow and no sun. A day later, I was back on my local beach watching this beautiful scene unfolded right in front of me. What a difference a day makes: from a whiteout blizzard at 8000 feet to a colorful sunset at sea level.

As for the tittle of this shot, I could write a long post about it, but I am leaving possible interpretations to my viewers.


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Wetlands Twilight


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Dusk light over Devereux Creek – Santa Barbara, California


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Grinnell Lake


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Aerial view of Grinnell Lake from Grinnell Glacier Trail – Many Glacier, Montana.


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