Sunset At 4 Peaks

Sunset falls on 4 Peaks Mountains.

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Earlier this week the Phoenix area got hit with several days of heavy rain which lead to snow above 5,000 feet.  In a nutshell that meant road trip to the 4 Peaks area.  I was joined by my buddies Mike Olbinski and Bryan Snider for this sunset feast.

Upon arrival I scouted out several areas hoping for that killer shot.  Mike and Bryan were doing the same.  The one thing that always gets you for sunset shots is you wish you could be in about 10 different locations at once.  The light goes fast so you don’t get the option of moving around.  Of course this means you just have to come back and try out a new spot.

For this shot I would of loved for Mother Nature to have moved those clouds off of the top of 4 Peaks so the snow would of been highlighted even better.  But she was finicky that evening and we all know you don’t mess with Mother Nature.

Until next time…


Camera: Canon 40D with a Canon 28-135 zoom

Processing: Lightroom 3, CS4, Phototools 2.6






  1. Len Saltiel December 16, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    Beautifully captured Chris. The light is phenomenal.

  2. Edith Levy December 16, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    Beautiful shot Chris. The light is amazing and the clouds actually add a lot of mystery to those mountains.

  3. Curt Fleenor December 16, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    Beautiful colors and light Chris!

  4. Mike Olbinski December 16, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Just beautiful my friend! Love the light.

  5. A.Barlow December 16, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    This is one sweet image man. Perfect!

  6. Bryan Snider December 16, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    Nice shot! I also wish the clouds were not in the way of four peaks. All day they were visible up until that moment, but all in all it worked out.

  7. Chris Nitz December 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    Seriously, just a gorgeous shot. I like how you framed the cactus in front to add a nice touch of depth.

  8. Phillip Burrow December 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    Beautiful light. Great shot Chris!

  9. Stephan Hilson December 17, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    You successfully captured the sunset scene. I agree to the previous comments that the photo is really beautiful. I love how the clouds complement and try to blend with the sky. Canon camera is definitely a good camera to capture clear images.

  10. Dave DiCello December 19, 2011 at 6:33 am #

    The colors are just magical here man!

  11. Jimi Jones December 19, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    This is a pretty amazing shot, Chris. Beautiful colors.

  12. Marc Collins December 20, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    That is a gorgeous light you’ve captured Chris!

  13. Eden December 21, 2011 at 8:50 am #


  14. Scott Wood December 21, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    Simply gorgeous

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