When the sun was setting that night there was quite a change in colors, from the gold (the first photo in this group was the first shot I took) to the pinks and blues and purples as it progressed. And right in the middle of the whole thing, the sky to the north, under a thunderstorm that had begun to gather, the sky was different yet, as seen in the third photo. I don’t claim to understand all of it, just to admire.
Isn’t it marvelous to watch the changing skies at sunrise and sunset? Patience is required! More times than I can count I’ve thought, “This isn’t going to be pretty at all”, and then, five minutes later – it looks like Cecil B. DeMille showed up with his technicolor crew!
We do a lot of backpacking and I’m with you it’s such a wonder to be in the backcountry, someplace few people can get to and few people see. I’m always thrilled when conditions are just right for alpenglow. Thanks for keeping your camera aimed at the beauty.
You know, fresh air is a big part of the allure of the back country. Very little pollution (unless there is a forest fire going on) and clear, cool air. The stars are right because there is no light pollution and the sounds are of the wind in the trees and sometimes a stream as it cascades down through a canyon.
It’s completely amazing how it changes so fast, isn’t it! Something similar happened during a memorable sunset back in Nov 2008… it was all over the place w/ so many different colors & absolutely & incredibly memorable! =)
Heck, these are fantastic!
I spend a lot of time where I live, skywatching. Love to have so much expanse of sky – without roofs in the way – but even the skies here do not compare to what you’re seeing and photographing.
You will probably laugh at my method, but here it is…
I usually keep the camera set for single area focus with a small area focus zone and spot metering which is a small spot centered on the focus area. That way the camera sets the focus and exposure for that small area and ignores everything else. Then press the shutter release part way down to lock the settings, frame the photo as you want it and take the shot. After a few thousand shots, you get used to putting that area in exactly the right place for the scene you frame in your mind. I don’t know it that makes sense, but it seems to work pretty well for me.