A sliver of color

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35 f/2.8, 17mm, f/16, iso 100, 0.6 sec // buy print)

This was one of the last shots I took during the 2011 summer monsoons. I was about as far away from Phoenix as I’d been all year…near a town called Joseph City that I don’t recall having known existed before.

The sky at sunset was pretty epic, but I found myself in somewhat of a bad spot…houses, industrial stuff around, so I kind of missed out on some clouds to my south. But I drove north along a very muddy dirt road to capture this unique looking scene.

The down draft of rain is being lit up by the setting sun…only the sun wasn’t shining on it from below as you’d expect. The only thing I can think of was that it was hitting the tops of the clouds in such a way that it was reflecting downwards. The color felt like it was coming from inside the cloud, not from without.

  • http://jstolarski.com Jon Stolarski

    Dig that spot of copper color in the sky.

  • http://adventuresinpointingandshooting.wordpress.com Eden

    Thant must have been cool to see!

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

    Sweet capture Mike… I love the line of dark gray clouds leading the eye to the beautiful colors!!!

  • http://www.kriskoeller.com Kris Koeller

    So terrific. Great timing. Nicely done.

  • http://www.myblueheaven.com Scott Wood

    Love the image, but be honest, you posted this particular one to counter the image that Rick recently posted 🙂

    Seriously though, I love the contrast in the tones that you captured.

  • http://www.mikeolbinski.com Mike

    Thanks Scott, but there is no comparison between this one and Rick’s, his sky blows mine away 🙂

  • Aaron Levy

    Mike,
    Your photos continue to amaze me. You are in an ideal area, Arizona, to capture very unique, nature at its finest. You go to great length and come out a winner. Thank you for the glimpse into the wonders of Arizona and its natural effects.

  • http://www.cdeangelisphotography.com/ Chris DeAngelis

    Awesome Mike! Great sky as usual 🙂

  • http://www.lensaltiel.com/ Len Saltiel

    Great colors and composition Mike

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

    Wow, Mike, I LOVE the drama you’ve brought home here in this shot!

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    So cool, man!

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