Berryessa Gap (CA), Focused Sunlight, Clouds

ISO100, 200mm, f/11, 1/40 sec
View from Amador County, CA

39 minutes. Sometimes it has nothing to do with planning out a shot. Sometimes you run across extraordinary views by accident. So what is with my mentioning 39 minutes? 39 minutes prior, I had taken this shot from yesterday’s post (Amador County (CA), Sacramento Valley, Light Rays) and decided to stop by the local market before returning home. On my way home, this was now the scene. (No toning or saturation levels were increased to achieve this; it really was this orange and amazing.)

(Click thru the image for the 700px view)

I love it when I am stopped off the side of a fast-moving busy highway with my camera gear shooting shots and other cars start to pull off the road too after seeing what I am seeing. One person stopped when I was shooting the previous light rays photo and ended shooting longer than I did. For this photograph, two other cars stopped and got out to snap some shots. Remember, it is not about hoarding “your” shots, it is about being able to share what you see, whether it is from your camera or theirs.

By the way, this is not the best resulting photo. The scattered clouds lingering in the middle just clutters the image, but sadly they refused to move despite my urging.

The little dip in the mountain range is likely the Berryessa Gap, the home of Monticello Dam (and the infamously cool and scary Drain Hole), Lake Berryessa, and one of the less used gateways into the Napa Valley.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO100, 200mm, f/11, 1/40 sec

Berryessa Gap (CA), Focused Sunlight, Clouds. Amador County, California. September 01, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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