The Man on the Hill

(click to see the man larger in lightbox)

It’s April and the high yesterday in Phoenix was around 55 degrees. The snow level dropped to 4500 feet and the mountains east of town had the white stuff on them after the crazy “spring” storm we had over the weekend. It was really a last gasp of winter for us, which was insane considering we’ve already had a 100 degree day in 2011.

The storms hit on Saturday, so Sunday morning I met my buddy Ken Peterson out in Apache Junction to shoot the sunrise and see what we could see. It was amazing. 15 minutes before sunrise, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Suddenly they just started appearing, even if they weren’t as much as I would have wanted.

We were on the Apache Trail and pulled over when the clouds began that transition to pink and orange. We ran up to the top of a hill and almost died from being out of shape with temps around 40 degrees.

Ken decided to climb the next one and shoot down into Canyon Lake. After seeing his images later, I wished that I had gone with him, but I also would have missed out on this shot.

I just loved the silhouette of Ken with his camera on the tripod, not to mention the clouds that look like they were painted onto the sky.

(exif: canon 5d mark ii, canon 85mm 1.8, iso 100, f/10, 1/200 second)

  • Justin

    Talk about scale!

  • Jim Denham

    Great idea Mike and cool shot! Dig the silhouette!

  • Chris Nitz

    He looks so tiny! I do like how you can still make out the tripod and camera though. Nicely done!

  • Scott Ackerman

    Sweet cloud movement! and great silhouette.

  • Scott

    Such a cool silhouette

  • Scott Wood

    I love this image Mike. Great black and white and the subject matter is very compelling. Great shot.

  • Kristi Hines

    Some of my favorite shots are just of my husband while he’s shooting. He gets so involved and ends up in some interesting spots without realizing it until I show him what he looked like later.

  • Jesse

    Damn, love this shot. So simple but so effective. Great work.

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Awesome silhouette! Those clouds are just a perfect compliment to the shape of the mountain.

  • Chris Frailey

    Is that the same “a guy named Ken”? 🙂 Great shot Mike.

  • Toad Hollow Photography

    Oh my God, this is utterly dramatic! I love this shot, Mike, it’s totally poignant!

  • Jason Hines

    Great one Mike. You gotta love the simple stuff while shooting 🙂

  • Vivian

    Poignant and moving. Ace shot!

  • Chris Kenison

    Great shot, Mike!