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Mt. Shuksan Fall Sunset

Mt Shuksan artist point fall sunsetmt shuksan fall colors close with peopleMt Baker sunset

To continue from my last blog, I arrived home late and had to get ready for my trip to the Pacific Northwest. I didn’t really know anything about that area. We only had a few days there as we would meet up with my wife’s family in BC, Canada for a Canadian Thanksgiving dinner.

The next morning came early as our flight departed at 6:00 a.m. Long story short, we missed our flight but somehow, after a few hours wait they found us another one. We were very thankful!

We arrived later than planned at a remote cabin located in a heavily forested area completely unknown to me leaving no chance to find a spot for a sunset. It was raining anyways so nothing was lost. The next morning surprised me as the overcast sky had completely cleared but unfortunately, it was too late to catch a sunrise. Instead, I took my time searching for a spot. I  ended up going to Artist Point at midday where we were met with a crowd of tourists. Fortunately, I met a husband and wife photography team at Picture Lake who lived in Washington State. They were very kind and knowledgeable of the area. Funny, I just now found out that I followed them on Flickr and haven’t informed them yet as of this writing. It’s a small world.

Later that evening I decided to go up to Artist Point. After scouting out the area I realized I needed to hike higher up to get at least a somewhat original shot. The higher I got, the more the crowds dissipated but I was quickly running out of light. The sunset began before I could get set up so I scrambled as usual. Mt. Baker took on a beautiful gold streak in the clouds so I took a couple of quick shots to stitch later.  Mt. Shuksan, the star of the show, took on some beautiful saturated color as it was facing the right direction for a sunset. It only lasted for a moment so I only had time to shoot some quick handheld shots. By the time I set up and found some nice fall foreground the golden tones had mostly disappeared into the night leaving a nice reddish highlight on top of the peak.  Everywhere I looked were gorgeous, glaciated volcanic peaks,  an outdoor enthusiast dream…  I was so thankful to get this shot because moments later it was all over.

Landscape photography is definitely an action, adrenaline sport!

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Canon 6D, 24-70 f/4L, f/14, 1/20 sec, 200 ISO, 26mm, Dolica carbon tripod, Abobe lightroom 6

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