Montana Outdoors

September 3, 2009

Hurry-up sunset photo

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Sunsets — montucky @ 10:32 pm

Last night not long after I had returned from what has become a rather traditional after dinner hike it was brought to my attention that the sky had suddenly gotten very colorful. Grabbing my camera with one hand, a tripod with the other and the Jeep keys with a third (yeah, I wish!), I headed up river a ways where I might get a photo of the proceedings. There was time for only one shot after which I went home in disappointment, thinking I had missed the colorful moment. Upon uploading the photo I saw that I had caught at least some of what had been a very colorful scene. (It looks as though this may turn out to be a good month for sunsets.)

September sunset


  1. You picked an excellent site to get your shot. The water reflection plays a pivotal role here too. The peaks and the valley make an excellent frame for that blazing sky! Wonderful colors, contrasts and juxtaposition of layout. Nice job.


    Comment by Iona — September 3, 2009 @ 11:18 pm

    • The water in the foreground is the Clark Fork Iona. I’m sure you’ve been past that place many times as have I. As you know, it can be beautiful at times!


      Comment by montucky — September 4, 2009 @ 7:23 pm

  2. Oh, wow. I though AZ had pretty sunsets but I’m pretty sure I have never seen one as colorful as this!


    Comment by Candace — September 4, 2009 @ 3:11 am

    • I remember the Arizona sunsets! This one was strange in that, less than a minute later, the pinks and blues were gone, leaving just the orange.


      Comment by montucky — September 4, 2009 @ 7:25 pm

  3. No reason to be disappointed with that one. We’ve had a string of very colorful sunsets this past week. The air has been cool and clear with no haze on the horizons. Looks like you have the same thing going on. Enjoy!


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — September 4, 2009 @ 8:58 am

    • You bet I will! Im hoping for another one tonight and maybe I can get out a little sooner.


      Comment by montucky — September 4, 2009 @ 7:26 pm

  4. Gorgeous, gorgeous! A perfect shot. Love the deep, vivid colors contrasted against the dark and reflected in the water. Wow!


    Comment by Anna Surface — September 4, 2009 @ 9:23 am

    • I was pleased with how the picture turned out. I’ve been trying something different for sunsets; using spot metering. I think it helps get the color right.


      Comment by montucky — September 4, 2009 @ 7:27 pm

  5. Oh Montucky!! Beautiful shot, beautiful sunset in a beautiful country! Wow!


    Comment by 3bdigitalart — September 4, 2009 @ 9:37 am

    • It is indeed a beautiful country. Makes me want to spend every minute outside.


      Comment by montucky — September 4, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

  6. Wow! Gorgeous! One shot is plenty, when you’re able to capture scenes like this!


    Comment by Wendee — September 4, 2009 @ 12:04 pm

    • Fortunately I had remembered to leave the camera set up for scenery after the last time I shot something.


      Comment by montucky — September 4, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

  7. Very dramatic. I like the contrast between the mountain silhouettes and the simmer of color in the water in the foreground.



    Comment by knightofswords — September 4, 2009 @ 12:04 pm

    • I would like just a little less contrast, but I haven’t figured out yet how to catch the full color of the sky and still get a bit of the foreground.


      Comment by montucky — September 4, 2009 @ 7:34 pm

  8. Oh wow…Fabulously Fantastic. I adore those colors – and the reflection!!!


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — September 4, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

    • I was pleased to get all of the different colors in the sky. A few nights back though I missed getting a shot where all of the full color was on the water. It was there but I had chosen the wrong place to set up.


      Comment by montucky — September 4, 2009 @ 7:35 pm

  9. Sometimes one shot is all it takes! Beautiful!


    Comment by Maureen — September 4, 2009 @ 4:23 pm

    • Incidentally, the sharp peak on the left side of the picture is called “Sunset Peak”. I hope some day to be able to catch a sunset from on top of it. It’s about a 4 hour hike though.


      Comment by montucky — September 4, 2009 @ 7:37 pm

  10. The array of colours is mindblowing. What a magical place: if this is considered a “hurried” shot.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — September 4, 2009 @ 6:38 pm

    • There are times when this country can really appear magical.


      Comment by montucky — September 5, 2009 @ 3:44 pm

  11. That has to be the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen. I like the idea of you capturing the sunset at the same spot over a few nights.


    Comment by Preston Surface — September 5, 2009 @ 3:57 am

    • Thanks Preston. Now that I’m ready to catch more sunsets, it looks as though the weather is going to change with a big cold front coming through.


      Comment by montucky — September 5, 2009 @ 3:45 pm

  12. looks like an amazing painting! what caused such color in this sunset? (storm, cloud cover…?) this is really really amazing. and great job on catching it!


    Comment by silken — September 6, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

    • I really can’t explain all of the different colors. I’ve seen the blues when there was smoke in the air but I’m not sure that was the case here. My best guess would be that they are from cloud layers at different altitudes.


      Comment by montucky — September 6, 2009 @ 9:03 pm

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