Toward the end of an autumn day in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, I headed to Dallas Divide, which presents one of my favorite views of Mount Sneffels and the Sneffels Range. The day had been filled with intermittent rain showers and thunderstorms, but a bit of clearing in the sky during the late afternoon suggested that a vivid sunset might be forthcoming.
I set up my camera on my tripod and chose a composition that prominently featured Mount Sneffels, perhaps the most picturesque of Colorado’s fourteeners. I then waited for the magic to happen.
Just before the sun dropped below the horizon, its final rays struck the western face of Mount Sneffels, while its rich, warm light cast an orange and purple glow on the clouds above. The aspen trees below Mount Sneffels were illuminated by the radiance of the sunset sky.
The full intensity of the sunset lasted for only a few seconds, but my anticipation and preparation enabled me to get the shot.
Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED lens at 155 mm
1/3 second exposure at f/13, ISO 200