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Photographer: Samantha Shipp

Photo taken: July 15 at Mount St. Helens Volcanic National Monument

Photographer’s description: “On our way back to Seattle, my boyfriend and I were stopping at famous mountains between Oregon and Seattle to hike and photograph. We drove to St. Helens from Mount Hood in the evening, not really making the best time as we’d hoped. It all turned out to be serendipity because I was able to capture a low-light sunset photo of the mountain with my Nikon D3300.”

Critique: “The colors, paired with the great amount of detail on the mountain in the sunset, really help highlight the main subject of the photo. While the background is clean, the foreground, with the colorful flowers, is a little distracting from the beautiful subject of the photo.”

Below is a gallery of previous Reader’s Lens picks. Share your recent photo from around the Northwest. Submit online at seattletimes.com/submit-photos. Our favorite will appear in this spot next week. We judge the year’s best and award prizes in December.