In recent weeks, I went out twice in the evening up to Mount Evans to do a sunset at Summit Lake. The geography of this place is not right for good Alpenglow, but under the right conditions (as you'll see below) you can get glowing clouds that bathe the entire place in crazy light. I've never seen pictures like this from this place before so this mostly was a gamble on my part. This condition only happened the second time I went there and lasted only a few minutes. It was spectacular nevertheless. I got good shots both times that I really like and I'll share them with you below. Click on them to see them in the gallery. You can also visit a set on flickr.
Blue and yellow
ISO 200, 11mm, f/16, 3.0 secs
ISO 200, 16mm, f/16, 4.0 secs, 3 stops hard graduated ND.
ISO 200, 11mm, f/16, 25.0 secs, 3 stops hard graduated ND.
This was one of my two favorites from the first evening I went there. The King's crown flowers are deeply red colored (not visible in this scaled down copy, but will be if you order a print as the full resolution of the image will be used. My second favorite was this rock shaped like a bird:
ISO 200, 11mm, f/16, 30.0 secs, 3 stops hard graduated ND.
The shutter is much longer here because it was getting dark very rapidly.
ISO 800, 11mm, f/16, 30.0 secs, 3 stops hard graduated ND.
Far after sunset.
The second time I went there as I said, the conditions were right for a glowing sunset. Here is my favorite.
Assembled from 9 images at ISO 200, 35mm, f/16, 0.8 secs, 3 stops hard graduated ND in the top row of shots.
This will print well even wall sized. There is also a panoramic version of this here that I use as a backdrop on my monitor.
This is a detail from the above panorama that I liked.
ISO 200, 35mm, f/16, 0.8 secs
A few minutes later it looked like this:
Assembled from 12 images at ISO 200, 30mm, f/16, 5 secs, 3 stops hard graduated ND in the top row of shots.
This is an image focusing on the reflection you can also see in the above image:
Assembled from 8 images at ISO 200, 30mm, f/16, 5 secs.
All in all this was a very productive two evenings. I have far more interesting shots from this place than I put in the gallery but I did not want to overwhelm you.