Oak Tree, Clouds, Sunset. Ione, California. March 09, 2011. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.
Sometimes it is just a matter of getting out and shooting. Even when your digital card is full of “blah” photographs, you never know if the last shot of the day is a keeper. This shot is one of those keepers.
On some weeks I will set aside a hour or two after work to drive around the rolling scrub oak hills near where I live. I can’t always just sit around hoping for storm clouds or a day away at a photo destination.
After over an hour of seeing potential for great sunset clouds yet not getting any decent landscape or silhouette, I took one last drive down Carbondale Road without any hope of any inspiring compositions before heading back home. That’s when I spotted this potential shot while looking out my side view mirror. After a quick u-turn, I parked near the entrance to a ranch, walked a bit back up the road and snapped this photo. I would like to think I made sure I placed the sun where it ended up being, but I can’t honestly remember if I was lucky or good.
EXIF data: Nikon D50, patterned metering mode, 40mm, ISO 200, 1/1250 sec, f/6.3