I never get tired of the views of Longs Peak from the Trail Ridge Road area of Rocky Mountain National Park. I have a number of images collected together on this website of the peak photographed from this area, and probably a dozen (or more) pretty much finished images of it that I haven’t gotten around to posting yet.
After a few years of doing these kinds of photographs, I began to realize that many of the images I was making were looking alike. The profile of the peak is more or less the same, and the big topographic features of the terrain remain the same too. Given these limitations, the challenge of the project has become to see if I can keep making photographs of the peak in such a way that each given image says something unique about it and the collection as a whole does not become duplicative or boring.
This image was taken well after the sun went down over the horizon (I’m always surprised at how many landscape photographers pack it up after the sun goes down – some of the best light remains for a good 20 or more minutes after sunset!). As I recall, the sky conditions were pretty flat and I wasn’t sure if I could make something interesting out of the scene. There was a bright spot on the clouds above the peak, though, that with the longer exposures required in the dim light produced the interesting elongation of the cloud that shows up in this image. In the end, I think it fits the criteria I set for myself in keeping this series of images going.