Sunset Above Park City

Park City SunsetThis picture was taken at sunset above Park City Utah. For those that know the area we were parked on the side of Marsac Ave. just past Deer Valley looking down into Park City. It is possible to drive all the way through to Big Cottonwood Canyon from here (the road through to the canyon is only open in the summer). The whole drive is beautiful, and in addition to these views of Park City, you also get nice views of the Heber Valley further up the road.

Just before sunset and right after sunrise are know as the “golden hour” and this picture is a great example of why. Without the orange sky, this picture wouldn’t be as interesting. Sometimes you can even get pictures where everything has that orange/gold tent to it. This time of day is by far my favorite for taking landscape pictures, but it can also be frustrating at times. For this picture I only had about 5 to 10 minutes of these colors. Before that the sun was too bright, and after it was too dark. Because of this, it is always good to plan ahead if you know you want to get a picture like this. We had driven along this road earlier in the day, and the day before looking for where the sun would be setting, and where we thought we would get the best view. Even with this preparation there is no guarantee that the golden hour will product spectacular colors for you, but being ready increases you chances of catching the moment if it happens. And if you don’t get the colors…maybe your photos aren’t as spectacular as you hoped, but you still get some beautiful views. Don’t get so caught up in not getting the perfect picture that you forget to enjoy the moment you are in.

Sunset Above Park City Information

  • Taken By: Paul
  • Date Taken: 2-JUL-2012
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T1i
  • Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
  • Exposure: 30.0 sec at f / 20
  • Focal Length: 36 mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Flash: Did not fire
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