Dean M. Chriss
Sunset Near Bears Ears National Monument, Utah

Sunset, Near Bears Ears National Monument, Utah

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I was late getting to this location. I set up my equipment in a frenzy and began capturing photographs. After instinctively capturing the first two without even taking time to see what I was getting, I noticed that the sunset was rapidly fading. I stopped, unsure if I had gotten anything to make the evening's journey worthwhile. Fortunately the first image I captured showed the color at its most intense, literally a couple of seconds before the sun started dipping below the clear horison in the west. Luck was definitely an important companion that evening.