A strange phenomena called "rain" happened today in San Diego, and it left a sight to behold. I almost missed this scene entirely, and were it not for a quick trip to the kitchen, I would have never glanced out our large windows and seen the majestic beauty of the sky. Sprinting for my camera and quickly switching to my ultra-wide lens, I ran back and snapped as many shots as I could before the clouds shifted just moments later, and the saturated pinks and oranges of the setting sun disappeared into ordinary gray clouds once more. For a few minutes today, my world was bathed in a shimmering and surreal shower of gold and red light, a scene usually reserved for a painter's imagination. But it was real, and it was beautiful.
Sunsets have a bad reputation in the photography world. Just about anyone can pick up a camera and take a half-decent sunset shot that's sure to impress both friends and family. Serious photographers, however, stay away from them like the plague. Nevertheless, sunsets have a special place in my heart. And if done correctly, it's still possible to photograph them in stunning and unique ways.
Photographed on a Pentax K-x body with a 16mm Zenitar lens.
This photo was shot on Thanksgiving in a small canyon north of Pleasant Grove, Utah. Driving along the road heading up the canyon, we stopped every so often at little inlets to find some awesome photo opportunities. Aside from some tripod quirkiness and my batteries giving a false drained reading from the cold, I managed to capture quite a few interesting shots. The photo above is one such shot, incorporating the movement of water into the composition. This photograph was captured on a Pentax K-x with a Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 lens.
This shot is an interesting one. Because I wanted to pack light on this trip, I decided against bringing a tripod. Though it came in handy while photographing outdoors in Colorado last year, I honestly didn't expect to miss it much. That thought went out the door by my first night at Snowbird. On my last day at the resort, while crossing a bridge that leads to some trails on the hillside, I glanced down to see a moderately-fast flowing river. With a cloud having just passed in front of the sun, I braced myself (and the camera) against the ledge of the bridge while snapping this shot, among others, with a (relatively) slow shutter speed. Though somewhat overexposed, as was to be expected, stopping down the exposure in the post-processing phase actually gave this photo some unexpectedly rich colors.