This is an HDR photo of the sunset on Matanuska Glacier taken around 11pm. This shot was composed using multiple bracketed shots on a tripod.

Alaska is a photographer's paradise, especially in the summer when "magic hour" can last literally all night. At the height of summer the sun, distracted by the beauty of all that lies below, forgets that she is supposed to set and instead lingers in the sky until she is transformed from sunset into sunrise. For photography it is a great joy to have so many hours of golden light.

On this particular evening on the glacier I waited until this magic moment to capture the image of the evening sun shimmering on the translucent ice. The park had already closed and I was literally the very last person on the glacier that evening, making for some hauntingly beautiful memories. Walking on glaciers can be disorienting, especially at dusk so I wanted the horizon line to be slightly tilted to give the viewer that sense of other-worldliness.

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