Fire ahead

Sunset Arizona Lake Pleasant

Man I had a tough time last night. I had never been up to Lake Pleasant northwest of Phoenix, but that kind of where this storm was headed, so I thought it would be pretty awesome to capture the sunset glowing over a lake.

But I didn’t know the area very well, so by the time the sunset was arriving, I was still trying to find out how to get down to the water. Plus the gas light started coming on intermittently, and with a 1994 4Runner, you aren’t going to have a ton of miles left to find a station. Not to mention my daughter was in tow!

So that basically led to me finding this quick stretch of road and snapping pictures right there. It actually feels like it’s been awhile since I’ve taken a photograph from the middle of a highway, something I absolutely LOVE doing, so it kind of ended up alright.

The “storms” we had last night amounted to just some low-topped cumulus that dropped light rain here and there. This particular storm cell was dropping it thicker than the rest, so I kept following it, hoping if I get it between myself and the setting sun, I might get a cool show.

Shore ’nuff, the sun started glowing through the falling rain and made the horizon look like it was on fire. Gorgeous. Colors were just sick.

(canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/10, iso100, 1/4 sec)

15 replies
  1. Scott Wood
    Scott Wood says:

    I was up at Lake Roosevelt for the sunset and sadly the color never happened up there. From the looks of it, it was much better in and around the valley.

  2. Jesse
    Jesse says:

    Easy call for shot of the day here. Just a masterful image between the framing, composition, and gorgeous sky. Winner.

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