With a promising storm front coming into the area in advance of more volatile weather predicted for the rest of the week, there was a chance of the sunset finding a gap and lighting up the skies. While the skies did light up as the sun approached and then dipped below the horizon, it wasn’t as spectacular as hoped.
I had noted this particular location for the line of trees in the distance, envisioning a possible backlit composition with brightly lit clouds. This photograph is different that that vision as I shot this wide-angle at the 18mm limit of my lens, rendering the line of trees as a non-primary element. What catches my attention is the texture of the storm clouds being lightly lit with color from below and with whiter sunlight from above.
The difficulty of this composition became evident as I arrived. First, there are no turnouts to park along this flat, but windy 2-lane country road. Second, any “turnouts” are angled sharply from the road surface into rather deep drainage ditches. Third, the line of trees are not as parallel to the road as they appeared so the perfect line across the horizon wasn’t, well, perfect. I’ll likely try a similar composition in this area again and see if there is another location which may be closer to what I envisioned.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 18mm, ISO 200, 1/30 sec, f/16
Storm Clouds, Sunset Horizon, Treeline. Carbondale, California. March 11, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.