Mount Baker over Bellingham: Sunset Colors the Bay


A few photos of Bellingham and Mount Baker as the setting Sun cast a pink hue over Bellingham Bay a few weeks ago. I didn’t expect the clouds to break and the sky to light up.

Pink Skies

Pink Skies over Mount Baker and Bellingham, Wash. - Mount Baker appears to loom over Bellingham and Western Washington University on Thursday evening Sept. 29, 2016, during sunset as seen from Lummi Shore Drive. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Pink Skies over Mount Baker and Bellingham, Wash. – Mount Baker appears to loom over Bellingham and Western Washington University on Thursday evening Sept. 29, 2016, during sunset as seen from Lummi Shore Drive. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Prints of this image are available from 8×12 to larger on my site at Pink Skies over Mt. Baker.

But when it did, I was ready to shoot it. I had my 80-200 set up on a tripod and used exposures between 1/15th of a second to 4 seconds as the light dimmed.

Last Light on Baker

Last Light on Mount Baker - Mount Baker appears to loom over Bellingham and Western Washington University on Thursday evening Sept. 29, 2016, during sunset as seen from Lummi Shore Drive. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Last Light on Mount Baker – Mount Baker appears to loom over Bellingham and Western Washington University on Thursday evening Sept. 29, 2016, during sunset as seen from Lummi Shore Drive. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

The light in this photo lasted less than 15 seconds. I shot several frames favoring the light on the peak. The hue was beautiful and the light from the sunset reflected off the windows of the city.

Prints for this photo are available on my site at Last Light on Mt. Baker.

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Paul Conrad is an 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.

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