A sliver of color

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35 f/2.8, 17mm, f/16, iso 100, 0.6 sec // buy print)

This was one of the last shots I took during the 2011 summer monsoons. I was about as far away from Phoenix as I’d been all year…near a town called Joseph City that I don’t recall having known existed before.

The sky at sunset was pretty epic, but I found myself in somewhat of a bad spot…houses, industrial stuff around, so I kind of missed out on some clouds to my south. But I drove north along a very muddy dirt road to capture this unique looking scene.

The down draft of rain is being lit up by the setting sun…only the sun wasn’t shining on it from below as you’d expect. The only thing I can think of was that it was hitting the tops of the clouds in such a way that it was reflecting downwards. The color felt like it was coming from inside the cloud, not from without.

12 replies
  1. Scott Wood
    Scott Wood says:

    Love the image, but be honest, you posted this particular one to counter the image that Rick recently posted 🙂

    Seriously though, I love the contrast in the tones that you captured.

  2. Aaron Levy
    Aaron Levy says:

    Mike,
    Your photos continue to amaze me. You are in an ideal area, Arizona, to capture very unique, nature at its finest. You go to great length and come out a winner. Thank you for the glimpse into the wonders of Arizona and its natural effects.

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