Summer Evening at Deception Pass State Park, Washington, 2016

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A landscape photograph of the setting August sun on a small inlet at Lighthouse Point at Deception Pass State Park, Washington.
“August Sunset, Lighthouse Point, Deception Pass State Park, Washington, 2016”
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A few days back, I scouted out the trails at Deception Pass State Park near Anacortes, Washington in the area around Lighthouse Point and Reservation Head for possible future landscape photography opportunities. On the day I was last here, it was a very foggy morning and I wasn’t able to get a good view of all the possibilities, however I did notice a few small inlets along the rocky bluffs that looked like they had good potential at certain times of the year.

A landscape photograph of the August sunset on a small inlet at Lighthouse Point at Deception Pass State Park, Washington.
“Sunset, Lighthouse Point, Deception Pass State Park, Washington, 2016”
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Looking ahead at the weather forecast, it appeared that it would be a good evening for sunset photography, especially in the area of Deception Pass State Park.

After about a 30-minute hike from the parking lot at Bowman Bay, I started checking the position of the sun at the time of sunset in relation to the rocky shoreline. I found the inlet at Lighthouse Point would frame the setting sun nicely.

A landscape photograph of the August sunset on a small inlet at Lighthouse Point at Deception Pass State Park, Washington.
“Sunset, Northwest Pass, Deception Pass State Park, Washington, 2016”
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Because I was alone, with no cell phone coverage, I was a little hesitant about the scramble down the bluff to the beach. After testing my footing, I determined it wasn’t as bad as it looked and I made my down to water level. How glad that I did. A change in location provided a much nicer perspective than compared to that from higher up on the bluffs. I probably wouldn’t try the scramble down during wet conditions, but on this warm, summer day, it was no problem.

A landscape photograph of the setting sun along the rocky shoreline near Lighthouse Point at Deception Pass State Park, Washington.
“Summer Sunset, Lighthouse Point, Deception Pass State Park, Washington, 2016”
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As the sun was setting, I experimented with various compositions, varying the placement of the rocky shoreline. Because of the level of contrast between the sunset and shoreline, the rocky coast provided a near silhouette.

A landscape photograph of the August sunset over Deception Island at Deception Pass State Park, Washington.
“August Sunset, Deception Island, Deception Pass State Park, Washington, 2016”
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I climbed back to the top of the bluffs while I had a little light left in the day. On the way out, I captured a few more photos, including the ones of Deception Island. It was much darker at the time of these photos than it seems.

A landscape photograph of the setting sun over Northwest Pass at Deception Pass State Park, Washington.
“Twilight Over Northwest Pass, Deception Pass State Park, Washington, 2016”
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The remaining hike back to Bowman Bay required the use of my headlamp to see my way along the forest trail. I arrived in total darkness to my Landcruiser, the last vehicle in the parking lot. Good thing they wait on closing the gate for the night.

A landscape photograph of the setting sun over Deception Island at Deception Pass State Park, Washington.
“Sunset Over Deception Island, Deception Pass State Park, Washington, 2016”
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