Clearing Skies at Sunset

Sunset along the Rocky Mountains when looking west is often worthy of enjoying when possible.  I was able to watch this interesting sky develop a few days ago as the daylight slipped away.

Here the sun just slipped behind the ridges of the mountains of eastern Kananaskis.  I underexposed this scene to avoid burnt out highights near the sun.  I like the resulting detail in the clouds and the golden hue of the image.  Eight minutes later, I captured a larger scene of the sunset.  The cotton candy texture and beautiful colour in the upper clouds steal the scene in the image below.

One of the last photographs I made was well above the mountains.  Here I did not underexpose yielding a brighter scene.  This has a heavenly feel to it that I find interesting.

10 responses

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  2. DGH

    Gorgeous. I too am fascinated with the different colors and textures of the sky. No two are alike. I love your photographs; they are quite inspirational.

    February 21, 2011 at 12:29 am

  3. Wow these are just fantastic skies!!! You got a beautiful light there, and the settings are perfect to capture it!

    February 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    • Whenever there is a break in the clouds at sunset, these mountains often serve up something special. I usually forget about the frozen fingers and my windburned face until I snap out of the trance when I finally get back inside. Well worth it either way.

      February 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm

  4. Oooff. It’s fantastic. All of them.

    February 20, 2011 at 11:05 am

  5. SWK

    I love how the sky looks like spun gold… lovely.

    February 19, 2011 at 9:08 am

  6. wow!! amazing skies!!

    February 19, 2011 at 8:12 am

  7. Beautiful! Thank you for explaining your creative exposure decisions.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:46 pm

  8. It’s awesome and mighty….

    February 18, 2011 at 10:03 pm

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