#AvsB – #Alpenglow or #Sunset?


Here are two photos of the same subject but with different light and I’d like to ask which one is your favorite, and why. Please vote in the poll then post your reasoning in the comment section.

A few weeks ago I went out to shoot the last sunset of the year. I headed to one of my favorite places to shoot. The sky was clear, the air crisp and cold, the views were fantastic. Plus, with the cold air, the visibility was astonishing.

From Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash., you could see Mt. Robie Reid in British Columbia. The added bonus was the beautiful light cast upon it by the setting Sun

Photo A:  Mt. Robie Reid 15 Min Before Sunset

Mt. Robie Reid on Fire - The setting Sun ignites Mt. Robie Reid in British Columbia in its glow as seen from Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Mt. Robie Reid on Fire – The setting Sun ignites Mt. Robie Reid in British Columbia in its glow as seen from Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

It was a beautiful clear evening when I arrived. As it was at least an hour before sunset, I walked around and shot a few other photos. As the Sun set behind Lummi Island, I lost the light at the park. With this, I walked along the Boardwalk and noticed the wonderful colors on the Canadian mountains.

Attaching my 70-200 f/2.8 lens to my camera, I set the rig onto my Manfrotto 055XPro tripod. Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham was in direct line under Mt. Robie Reid. The compression by the telephoto created a stacking effect making the harbor appear it’s near the mountain. When in fact, they are at least 50 miles distant.

As the Sun set, the colors on the mountain changed. From white, to pink, to deep red, to pink, to faded white. Photo A was shot 15 minutes before Photo B.

Photo A:  Mt. Robie Reid at Sunset

Canadian Alpenglow - Alpenglow on Mt. Robie Reid in British Columbia, Canada, and Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham on Thursday evening Dec. 31, 2015, as seen from Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Canadian Alpenglow – Alpenglow on Mt. Robie Reid in British Columbia, Canada, and Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham on Thursday evening Dec. 31, 2015, as seen from Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Which one of these is your favorite? Please post a comment stating which one and why below.

My favorite is Photo B. I like the colors of the mountain, sky, and bay.

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Paul Conrad is a talented and skilled award-winning photographer living in Bellingham north of Seattle, WA, in the Pacific Northwest. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and in Europe. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Although his specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.

His clients include Getty Images, Wire Image, AirBnB, The Bellingham Herald, and many local business in Whatcom County. Previous clients are Associated Press, the New York Times, L.A. Times, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and many others.

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