I don’t recall ever seeing a display of crepuscular rays quite as intense as the ones on this drive through a Washington forest road this past February. I was en route to Panther Creek Falls and as I approached the bend seen here, the sun belted out this wonderful sight. The foggy atmospheric conditions and low angle of the sun contributed a lot to it and, sure enough, within a few minutes, the rays were gone. It’s another example of why it’s so important to seize a photographic opportunity when it presents itself to you.

I took this photo with my Sony a7 and the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens. The exposure was 1/60th of a second so a tripod wasn’t necessary. The key was getting the right amount of light and shadow play to accentuate the rays. Initially, I applied a more aggressive crop to reduce the dead space on the right of the frame but ended up leaving some of it there, as it added something to the image. Stylization was done in Lightroom.