Last Light

Everyday we are blessed with the ability to see two amazing events–sunrise and sunset. The further north you go, the more intense the colors seem to get. While shooting waterfalls all day in Shasta County, my group and I found ourselves ending the say at this lake in front of the mountain. We had no clue what we would be in store for, but once that sun started to drop, the colors of the sky really began to pop.

This was by far one of the most colorful sunsets I’ve ever witnessed. The glow of the fading light seemed to last much longer than normal and all we could do was stand in amazement as our cameras did some work. Sunsets like this are a great reminder for how fortunate we are to have scenes like this and to not take them for granted, after all we only get so many of them in a lifetime.


Michael Castaneda


Growing up, I was one of those people who really disliked going out into nature. I felt comfort in the city and had no passion to ever leave. When I moved across the country, I was exposed to what nature truly is and it completely changed my entire life. A camera somehow found its way into my hand and I decided that I wanted to start showing the world some truly amazing places in hopes of preventing anyone from ever being like my younger and very naive self. As I began to form a style, two painters were actually my inspiration, Bierstadt and Kinkade. Their ability to portray the dance of light and shadows inspired me to create images of a once hidden world to me and expose it from beyond the shadows.



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Mount Shasta, California

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