It is not easy to take sunset photos with clear sky, especially against the sun. We were on one of the highest peaks in NC mountains witnessing sunset and I took a lot of pictures. Most of them just didn’t come out to my liking. granted the sky was clear, so there were no drama up there, the mountains are kind of smoky and not that spectacular. So I was trying to find different angles and compositions that would provide some type of light effect. After some experimenting the best I found was to be behind this pine tree. It really was very nice on the naked eye with sun illuminating it and sparkle it like a Christmas tree. I took probably about couple dozen photos of this tree from different angles and with sun picking out more or less. Most just didn’t look any good in post processing. This one was one of the best from the bunch.
On Saturday we went to hike around Carners Gap NC. Hike starts on the border between NC and Tennessee state lines. It took us couple hours to get to the top of “Cornelious Rex Peake” summit. Views from that spot are absolutely incredible, you have pretty much 360 view from the top of the mountain. To the east you’ll see Grandfather mountain, Beach Mountain and Sugar Mountain (this one easily recognizable by the sky rise on top of it). To the west you’ll see Roan mountain. To the north and south just a lot of smoky hills. We witnessed sunset on the summit and then started our hike down to the gap. The moon was very young and it look very cool in the sky above some lingering orange from the disappeared sun. I already packed my camera and a tripod but could not resist this view and had to take a photo, which probably going to be one of the best from that hike.
I think this one is even good enough to be on someone’s desktop as a wallpaper. If you haven’t noticed yet, I post all photos on my photo gallery at smugmug.com, you just need to click on the image bellow and it will open the larger file from the gallery. You can see more details and save it for personal use if you like.