Hanging sunset


Sometimes there are clouds and sometimes there are CLOUDS. This doesn’t even compare to the monster storm clouds I’d love to be photographing in the midwest right now, but as far as sunsets go in Arizona, this was one of my favorites.

You may remember a few shots already taken on this day: The “Seventh Heaven” reflection and the one of Chase Field called “Fever Pitch“. With my wife and daughter looking on in the chilly, windy weather, I was running around like a psycho trying to capture the clouds anyway I could.

Not exactly my favorite composition in the world, but sometimes I just love the sky more than anything. What stands out to me in a shot with stormy clouds like this is the way the lower hanging stuff gets lit up by the sun leaving the rest dark. It’s something you just don’t see very much.

I also love the stuff on the left horizon…the clouds are white and really defined.

Makes me excited for monsoon season…only…ugh…three more months. Sigh.

(exif: canon eos 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, iso 100, f/16)


22 replies
  1. Brian Matiash
    Brian Matiash says:

    Love that you chose to shoot off angle here. You created a lot of interesting lines with the light posts and parking lines. Clouds are superb, as expected.

  2. Kristi Hines
    Kristi Hines says:

    There are definitely some great clouds here in AZ. I wish I had a better camera at the time, but I shot a HUGE monster cloud rolling into clear skies during the monsoon season a few years ago. This thing looked like it might have been hiding a space ship inside! 🙂

  3. Mike
    Mike says:

    @ Jason – The parking garage just across the street north of Chase Field. If you click on the other image links in the blog post, you’ll see the other shots I got from up there.

    Seven stories up, I picked a great time to finally get up there 🙂 The clouds were just stunning.

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