Those dark skies

Amidst the Rocks - Monsoon Sedona Arizona

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/16, iso 100, 1/15th // buy print)

I was hoping to post a timelapse tutorial today, but I’m on the road and have to get up very, very early Tuesday morning, so I didn’t have time to get all the information together like I wanted.

So instead, you get another stormchasing image! I highly suggest you click on the image today, it seems the WordPress-resized version makes the tree really, really dark, whereas the full-sized shows you a bit more detail.

This was shot back on July 11th west of Sedona. I made the wife and daughter go on a drive with me through Red Rock State Park during some monsoon thunderstorms to see what we might see. I loved all these trees out there, and I don’t know their name or type, but they have some evergreen properties despite being short and stubby.

Of course, you wont know the color of the wood or the leaves because I stole that from you with the monochrome conversion. That’s how I roll these days!

I loved this scene. An awesome tree, some cool rocky terrain, gorgeous, textured clouds and that fantastic monsoon downpour off on the left horizon. What more could this guy ask for?

Lightning. Yes. Wish there was a lightning strike in there somewhere. But ah well…can’t have everything.

  • Brian Furbush

    DIG this, such a moody shot with the B&W treatment applied.

  • Edith Levy

    Wow beautiful Mike. The composition, the mood, the processing. Love it all.

  • Chris Nitz

    So much mood and drama with this shot. It is almost as though the tree is staring down the rain and they are getting ready to rumble. Good, good stuff.

  • Justin

    There is a lot of zones there and you handled them beautifully. Nicely done Mike!

  • Chris Frailey

    Love the intense drama from this one Mike. The tree being really dark just gives this a menacing mood.

  • A.Barlow

    Dig the contrasty dark mono shots. They have a mood I enjoy. Nice job.

  • Scott Ackerman

    Glad you went with a dark B/W on this one. Really brings out the drama in the shot, especially with the storm in the background. Beauty!

  • Jesse

    You nailed this b&w conversion. The clouds are so well balanced and have so much texture to them. Beautiful.

  • http://www.chrisrobinsphoto,com Chris Robins

    this is different than the concrete jungle we will shoot in a couple of weeks. but, still very nice. ominous… bring it. peace.

  • Scott Wood

    This might be my favorite monsoon image of yours this year. Very well done.

  • http://none aalevy

    I love’s a fabulous shot and and the Black & White rendition is mouth watering.
    Thanks Mike