A monsoon sunset over Phoenix

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 17-40 f/4 l, 26mm, iso 200, f/5.6, 1/100th // buy print)

When you are a storm chasing photographer, you have to make do with whatever foreground you are given..  I kind of wish I had been able to see this amazing sunset out in the middle of the desert somewhere, peppered with saguaro and rocky cliffs…but despite that, I was mesmerized with this view last night.

I’m obviously a weather nut. I love it. I love towering cumulus clouds. But seeing the way they look at sunset, with red and orange tones, is absolutely magnificent. The textures and depth in the clouds is always fantastic. And then you get the falling rain lit up and glowing. Blue skies as a contrast.

A wonderful scene. And as I keep saying, this might have been the last monsoon sunset of the year. Still hoping for one more great day.


  • jina

    But over the desert would have seemed more predictable. I like that it’s over the city with billboards and subdivisions. Just sayin…

  • http://n/a Sam

    What direction is this looking? I suspect NW from Scottsdale, correct? Just trying to remember the landmarks (mountains.)