Flames on the Horizon

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 70-200 2.8 l, 200mm, f/10, iso 100, 1 sec // buy print)

Back in December, we had quite a few winter storms blow through the state which left snow on the outlying desert peaks. On the evening I took this photo, I had met up with a bunch of photographer buddies, like Bryan Snider, Jon Stolarski, Chris Frailey and the awesome duo from Surefire Photos, Sean and Michelle Freeney.

We all were hoping for a gorgeous Four Peaks sunset. But the clouds were too low and never broke. So slowly everyone bailed to head home. As I was leaving though, the sky to the west kind of went supernova. I grabbed the 70-200 and went running through the desert trying to frame a perfect foreground against this epic sky. Nothing quite so beautiful as low, ground-hugging clouds and an Arizona sunset.

Processed this one using my VSCO Film presets and really loved the color I got from it.

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

    10 years of my daily commute made this image possible.

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

    This looks like the beginning to an Eastwood movie, and that is a good thing. Very moody shot, Mike.

  • http://www.hansrico.com/rss Rick Louie

    I like that film treatment. I may have to give those a try.

  • Capnschwartz

    Looks like the Nuke explosion from T2

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

    Love the colors you got from VSCOFilm here Mike! That is certainly an epic sky, but that cactus just makes the image. I guess all the scurrying around to find a comp paid off!

  • http://www.goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    Love it. Dig that lone cacti flipping the bird off to the right.

  • jina

    Yeah… I think it looks like something out of Tombstone.

  • http://www.lussierphoto.com Bob Lussier

    Very nice! The colors definitely help with the mood. And as Jina said, that bird flipping cacti is epic 🙂