It's always good to have spots in one's mind that we can run to close by for sunrise and sunsets. I am extraordinarily lucky that this is that close to my house. Some friends asked me to head down here for sunset about 20 min before the sun was to depart so hurrying to the trail and mostly running/sliding down it, got down to the bottom and was greeted by this scene.
From a technical standpoint these shots are always tricky. Camera's are not good at capturing the range of light in scenes like this. The main exposure is taken with a 3stop Reverse GND to control the light but that leaves us with an ugly dark line across the landscape in this case so I took 2 other exposures to be able to blend it away. Then the normal dodge/burn.
Oh yea...then the sunset went cotton candy nuclear. More soon!
Pluto peak and the higher mountain to the right is Mount Earnslaw located within Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand. Went tramping up the Dart Valley again. Chinamans Bluff to Sandy Bluff and back... haha ok most of you won't know what or where I'm talking about, just pretend that you do! I had a fair idea on which angle the sun would set so I made plans to come back here to this spot on the way back.
ISO100 | 23mm | f11 | 424 seconds Lee big stopper & polarizer.