Sunrise Columbia Hills

Sunrise over the flower covered Columbia Hills in the Dalles Mtn. State Park (Philip A. Knouf)

Sunrise over the flower covered Columbia Hills in the Dalles Mtn. State Park (Philip A. Knouf)

This sunrise over the Columbia Hills State Park in the Dalles Mountain Ranch component was quite spectacular.  At this time of the year the sun rises high over one of the taller of the ridges within the Columbia Hills State Park.  This creates a very dramatic and intense first light on the Columbia Gorge Broad-leaf Lupine and the Northwestern Balsamroot flowers.  I was here for the sunrise after spending the previous evening and some of the night photographing the sunset and then trying my hand on capturing star images and also the “supermoon” one night after it first appeared.  Hopefully I’ll get to those images soon.  They demand some new processing techniques so that will come first!

I was set up right next to John, Ben, Steve and Blake of Uncage The Soul Video Production who were set up to capture the sunrise utilizing their talents in video, still and time-lapse photography.  They had introduced themselves to me the previous evening.  They were looking for the perfect location to photograph the next mornings sunrise.  I suggested this site and the rest is history they say!

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