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9 January 2020

We were chasing a sunset last night (it got away) when a storm passed by. In the high resolution version of this image, you can see the rain coming down on the ocean at an angle under the dramatic cloud formations.

Passing Storm. Captured with a Nikon D300 and 18-200mm Nikkor at f11, 1/500 second and ISO 400. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

It was shot around 4:20 p.m. as the sun was beginning its descent. So you have some golden hues behind the gray clouds and the barest blue beyond them.

But it's nearly a monochrome image. And yet it isn't. The muted colors in this image serve to heighten the sense of a storm.

This image really only works in color.

Just for fun, we created a black-and-white version but we won't try your patience with it. The cloud layer and the landscape were both flat, lacking drama.

This image really only works in color.

We kept shooting as the sun set but we didn't do better than this. The clouds crowded out the sky and we became discouraged.

But we saw the most vivid reds appear in several breaks among the indigo clouds as the sun finally set. We'd already given up by then, sure there was nothing more to see.

But there was. So we ran back to the bunker to get the camera only to see the dramatic reds fade into pink and the indigo turn black.

You should have seen the one that got away.

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