“A Peak of Heaven”
Upon entering Glacier and driving through the park, prepare to be surrounded by endless landscapes of mountains and fields on all sides. One mountain, Heaven’s Peak, will most likely stand out among the others. The tallest of 4 peaks and with a very distinct formation, Heaven’s Peak juts out to the sky, like reaching out to heaven; its defined textures and sharp features, splitting the sky and clouds with its presence. It’s definitely a mountain that calls for attention and grandeur can be felt all around the park along with all the giants.
When I took this shot, it was about 1-2 hours before golden hour actually began so the sun was still pretty high up in the sky. But, because of the dense cloud cover in the sky, golden light hit the fields below creating beautiful dynamic contrast as well as illuminating the mountain, giving it a sheen and that ethereal look that gives the name, Heaven’s Peak justice. The thing about depending on the clouds for soft light though, is light changes constantly so the time window to get good light varies wildly and is all a game of chance. But, the light in this shot, coupled with the structure of the clouds, gives the overall landscape that ethereal, soft golden look and well as a dramatic look.
There are so many elements in this shot. Starting from the bottom, the darker trees in between the rolling hills create. Beautiful leading line up to the peak. The rolling hills, coupled with the light creating a dynamic contrast and dimension with pockets of shadow and highlights. The peak itself is jagged and hard, a great contrast to the softness of everything below and an element for dividing the the grass from the clouds. The clouds, while also soft, are really dramatic and to have the peak right in the clouds makes it look like the peak is actually ripping open the clouds because of the sharp contrast.