Hanging sunset


Sometimes there are clouds and sometimes there are CLOUDS. This doesn’t even compare to the monster storm clouds I’d love to be photographing in the midwest right now, but as far as sunsets go in Arizona, this was one of my favorites.

You may remember a few shots already taken on this day: The “Seventh Heaven” reflection and the one of Chase Field called “Fever Pitch“. With my wife and daughter looking on in the chilly, windy weather, I was running around like a psycho trying to capture the clouds anyway I could.

Not exactly my favorite composition in the world, but sometimes I just love the sky more than anything. What stands out to me in a shot with stormy clouds like this is the way the lower hanging stuff gets lit up by the sun leaving the rest dark. It’s something you just don’t see very much.

I also love the stuff on the left horizon…the clouds are white and really defined.

Makes me excited for monsoon season…only…ugh…three more months. Sigh.

(exif: canon eos 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, iso 100, f/16)


  • http://www.behindmyeyes.me Jim Denham

    Nicely done Mike. Like the leading lines and the colors!

  • http://brianmatiash.com/blog Brian Matiash

    Love that you chose to shoot off angle here. You created a lot of interesting lines with the light posts and parking lines. Clouds are superb, as expected.

  • http://www.chrisnitz.com Chris Nitz

    Great colors, and I really like how some of the cloud bottoms look like they are on fire. Fantastic shot!

  • http://photostry.com/ Kristi Hines

    There are definitely some great clouds here in AZ. I wish I had a better camera at the time, but I shot a HUGE monster cloud rolling into clear skies during the monsoon season a few years ago. This thing looked like it might have been hiding a space ship inside! 🙂

  • http://dudewithcamera.com Jesse

    Wow man, this is so different. The clouds appear to be suspended and frozen. Great eye.

  • http://www.lightasmagic.com Justin

    Great title for this image.

  • http://axphotography.wordpress.com/ Scott Ackerman

    Nicely done man. Really dig the subtle reds and oranges. I think my favorite clouds are the ones just up and right to that structure on the left.

  • http://theperfectsunset.net Jason Hines

    Great shot Mike! Where did you take this one?

  • http://www.stevebeal.com Steve Beal

    This looks like a Hollywood special effect! Gorgeous!

  • Mike

    @ Jason – The parking garage just across the street north of Chase Field. If you click on the other image links in the blog post, you’ll see the other shots I got from up there.

    Seven stories up, I picked a great time to finally get up there 🙂 The clouds were just stunning.

  • http://www.chrisfrailey.com Chris Frailey

    Love the clouds. They almost look evil.

  • http://www.brianfurbush.com/blog Brian Furbush

    Whoa, those are some seriously badass clouds dude. You crushed this, definitely works with the dominant area of the photo being the sky.

  • Sean

    Those clouds are fantastic! Grear Image!

  • http://www.doephotog.com A.Barlow

    Ah, love these kind of clouds. It’s cool how they look all black and ominous yet so beautiful rimmed with color.

  • http://cdeangelisphotography.com Chris DeAngelis

    Great shot, great clouds! This is the parking garage that keeps on giving!

  • http://chriskenison.com Chris Kenison

    Nice shot, Mike

  • http://www.toadhollowphotography.com Toad Hollow Photography

    What a super sky! I love your work with stormy and brooding skies, Mike, really awesome!!

  • Mike

    @ Scott – Me too man, love those white, thick cumulus kind of clouds.

    Thanks so much everyone!

  • http://wfrostphoto.wordpress.com Wayne Frost

    Nice capture of the clouds, Mike. You’ve got yourself a terrific dramatic background that you could mask in on something.

  • http://www.nomadicpursuits.com Jim Nix

    dang Mike those are some clouds! great shot! Jim

  • http://www.myuglyphotos.com/ Ryan Sexton

    Great shot Mike, and Vera didn’t even get in the way this time 😉

  • http://www.nuwomb.com Scott Webb

    Almost feels like a fire in the sky! Nice control!