Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn - Four Peaks Sun Rays

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 70-200 f/2.8 is l, 200mm, iso 400, f/8.0, 1/1000 // buy print)

Yes, it’s Movie Title Wednesday and yes, I’m using a Twilight film! You can blame my buddy Chris DeAngelis for pointing me in the direction of this title. We also came up with Dumb and Dumber, but that was for an entirely different reason that I’m sure Chris would want me to keep close to the vest (insert LOLLING here).

Breaking Dawn. Ugh. I usually do this series to recommend movies, but with apologies to my wife…ugh. I watched it because my wife is hooked on the series (even if she admits its not very good) and also because I pretty much love all things related to vampires and werewolves. But these movies are hard to watch. Our favorite scene in this one is where the wolves talk to each other in their heads. It was probably one of the most cringe-inducing moments I’ve ever had watching a movie.

I will say this though…the title is perfect for this photo! Last Thursday I was somehow home early from my trip to Oregon, and thus was able to enjoy a day of stormy weather in and around Phoenix. I grabbed my gear and my daughter, and we just drove around having fun, seeing whatever we saw. This scene right here was kind of amazing. Mostly because it lasted for probably 30 minutes or so. It’s rare to see sun rays like that for an extended amount of time. I saw them and still had 15 minutes to get to the spot I was hoping to shoot them from. Luckily, they were still going strong.

These are the Four Peaks that you’ve seen me photograph a lot I’m sure, but I’ve never taken a photo of them from so far away.

And that’s a bird flying in the middle of the frame, not a dust spot 🙂

  • Zach Frailey

    LOL at the ‘Twilight’ breakdown, my thoughts exactly! Really awesome photo, those rays are sweeeeet!

  • Jesse

    Stupid good.

  • Dave Wilson

    Great picture, truly awful movie!

  • Capnschwartz

    Turn in your man card… Shoulda used Rescue Dawn or Red Dawn (tho there’s no Red)…. Can’t believe Breaking dawn

  • Mark Garbowski

    The layers of light and shadow here are outstanding, from the bare bit of detail in the foreground, followed by the mountains in silhouette, then the light rays and further, well lit mountains. Brilliantly done.

  • Rachel Cohen

    Wowza Mike, this is one awesome shot!! Amazing light, steaming, layers! Love the B&W on this! Fantastic image!!

  • jina

    I do love the photo way more than that craptastic movie!

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Again, I am on record that I have never seen these movies, just happened to think the title was a good one. 🙂 Way to protect yourself by blaming this all on me 🙂 I’m LOL about the Dumb and Dumber idea still too! Great shot Mike. Truly incredible scene this may have to be printed on metallic for the house… Love the compression from the 200 😉

  • Toad Hollow Photography

    Wow, Mike, that really has such a strong magical feel to it! Love this shot, my friend.

  • Ben Tucker

    This is great the beams of light look really good in black and white!