The following photos were taken while descending Engineer Pass outside of Ouray, CO. After driving over the saddle of the pass we found ourselves engulfed by thick clouds and rain as the sun was setting. We had limited visibility of the muddy road ahead and absolutely no view beyond the drop-off on the passenger side of the Jeep.
As we were manuvering through our third switchback the sun pierced through the clouds and bathed the basin below in warm light, mixing with the purple alpenglow. The view brought our friend to tears, who had just been near panic due to her fear of heights. A rainbow also formed over the road.
We grabbed our cameras and jumped out of the car for only a minute to capture some photos, but the moment was short-lived due to the coming nightfall. The sky soon turned to ink-black and we did our best to navigate the 4WD trails using our high beams but we took a wrong turn. We eventually made our way out of the mountains and back to Ouray after 3 AM.
Here are the original photos captured in RAW along with a brief overview of the edits.
24 mm, f/4.0, 1/125 s, ISO 220
24 mm, f/4.0, 1/125 s, ISO 900