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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.