Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, USA (2018)
The sunset hike up Mount Fremont to the fire lookout will stand as one of the highlights of my 8 months of travel. After getting some location advice at the ranger station I decided Mount Fremont would make an ideal sunset shooting location. So I set off giving myself enough time to arrive just before the sun would set.
As I walked I stopped often to take photos of the surrounding mountains and valleys as the views were awe inspiring. I always stop to take photos on the way as I never know if what I'm are seeing then is actually the best conditions I will get so it's best not to miss the opportunity. The problem is each stop takes time out of the walk. My perfectly timed plan soon turned into a mad dash to reach the summit.
As I turned a corner near the top, I could see that Mount Rainier had just popped out of a thick layer of cloud and the setting sun was illuminating the tops of the clouds. It's one of the most amazing things I've seen. However, I couldn't find a composition that would do the scene justice. So rather than rushing around trying to find a shot I just took the scene in.
With sunset fast approaching now, I ran the last 500m to the summit to get to the fire lookout that I had planned to shoot for sunset. I got there with enough time to find a composition that worked and snapped a few shots as the sun dropped below the distant mountains.
I was surprised to find I wasn't the only photographer up there that night with some Washington local legends also shooting there. The walk back down with them chatting about travel and photography after all witnessing such an impressive sunset topped a perfect evening.