A sunset on the Superstitions

The Red Supersitions - Lost Dutchman - Arizona


(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 17-40 f/4 l, 17mm, f/16, iso 100, 1/4 sec // buy print)

The weather predictions for winter out here in Arizona called for a La Nina pattern…meaning not much rain and not very cold temperatures. So it was kind of a surprise when December rolled in with quite a few cold fronts that dropped snow on the mountains outside of Phoenix and also an inch of rain in town.

Now, of course, we’re well into our predicted La Nina winter, with temps hovering around 75-80 and no rain in sight. Which makes me sad, but at least I have December to look fondly on.

I took this photograph back on the 22nd along one of my favorite stretches of road in all of Arizona, and it’s only about 30 minutes from my house. If you’ve followed me for awhile, you’ve probably seen a few past images from this spot. This was probably my third night out in a row trying to capture a sunset over the mountains east of Phoenix, but nothing was panning out. My buddies Chris Frailey and Bryan Snider were out there those days as well and all of us were pondering the whereabouts of Arizona’s epic sunsets.

Finally this evening paid off. I was worried though…the clouds stretching from the mountains ahead were actually on the left side of the road about 15 minutes earlier. I was praying they wouldn’t move too far right before the color of the setting sun hit them.

This was also the first time out with the new (used) Canon 17-40 L. Love the lens, can’t wait to play with it a bit more.


  • http://www.nabzphoto.com John Sotiriou

    Simply amazing! ‘Nuff said. 🙂

  • http://www.jameshowephotography.com J Howe

    Nice light, great image!

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

    Wow, this is fantastic man…absolutely stunning view. Love the sky-heavy composition to add to the drama.

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

    Nice job! Love the road shots 🙂

  • http://jstolarski.com Jon Stolarski

    Great composition. Really diggin the long road leading you up to the mountain.

  • http://www.goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    Love the symmetry. I want to go to there.

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

    I recognize that road :). Digging the way the clouds lead from the foreground to the background. Nice one Mike.

  • http://peterjhart.com Peter J. Hart

    I love shots like this. I’m a sucker for symmetry.

  • http://www.doephotog.com A.Barlow

    Love the supers man. That place is just awesome – never did find the aliens though 🙁

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

    Love the leading line and the colors Mike. sort of reminds me of the road to Monument Valley

  • aaron levy

    Another great shot. Loved it. I want to return to Arizona & photograph your magnificent wonders
    Thank you!

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

    Outstanding capture, Mike. This should become an iconic image that would be of lasting value.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/callofthewildphotography/ Jim

    Beautiful shot! I was there last week didn’t get a shot any where close to this. great job

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