The compass at Glen Alps. Looking out over Anchorage Bowl and Cook Inlet during sunset in May. At summer solstice, Anchorage receives 19 hours and 21 minutes of daylight, before falling into civil twilight for a few short hours before the sun rises yet again. There is plenty of beautiful light and diverse subjects to see and photograph during a sunset photo tour.
Sunset Photo Safari Takes Off
Late spring rapidly rolls toward summer solstice, picking up sunlight hours with each passing day. High latitudes provide late summer sunsets and just the kind of conditions we like for evening photography. It’s an especially wonderful time of year because rather than one mere “golden hour,” we get at least three in which to work magic with our cameras.
On the inaugural Sunset Photo Safari for the season, we started off photographing birch stands reflecting in still water at Earthquake Park. Just down the road, Point Woronzof offered magnificent views over Cook Inlet, but it was a cow moose placidly browsing on willow brush along the Coastal Trail that captured our interest. Heading down the Seward Highway, bypassing tempting stops at Potter Marsh and Turnagain Coast in favor of picturesque McHugh Creek, which was already falling fast into deep shadow; perfect for photographing moving water. There’s only so much time to take in so many wonderful scenes.
We made it to Turnagain Overlook just in time to catch the last colors of the day as they slipped behind Denali, Hunter and Foraker. The midnight sun sets on another Alaska day.
Alaska Photo Treks offers sunset tours year round. Sunset Photo Safari operates May- September. Twilight Photo Tour runs September-April. Departure times for both tours are dependent on sunset, which at this latitude changes dramatically throughout the year. The times for each week are posted on the respective pages for each tour. Winter months also include the northern lights viewing adventure, Anchorage Aurora Quest. Explore Alaska Photo Treks to learn more about these excellent, instructional day tours and multi-day tours and workshops.