Stormy Sunset

Stormy sunset, Bridgewater, Connecticut © Steven Willard

Stormy sunset, Bridgewater, Connecticut © Steven Willard

The weather people at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) were warning of tornadoes. It was July 1st and it looked as though the fourth of July weekend was going to get off to a rough start.

There were few customers left in the dealership by 5:30 so they started letting us go early, just as it started to rain. I expected the intensity to grow along with the wind, so I went to the RV, closed the door and turned on the computer. It was too early for dinner so I watched an old movie on YouTube-an old BBC Miss Marple if you’re interested. By the time it was over I was hungry and thinking about going for some dinner. It seemed the bad weather had passed right over us, and as I stepped out of the coach I was faced with the most amazing sky. Dinner could wait!

I jumped in the car and headed for high ground so I could see the far horizon and get as much sky in the image as possible; Town Line Road in Bridgewater is just such a place. I parked the car when I neared the highest point and mounted the trusty 20mm f1.7 Panasonic lens on the M1 and left the car. To the west I was treated to a magnificent sunset; gold sun behind massive clouds, but the problem was the foreground. It was too boring, a grassy hillside that rose in front of me. But to the east was the back side of the retreating storm front lit by the setting sun. The wind aloft was really stirring things up; the clouds roiling and morphing very quickly, changing shape almost before I could compose a photograph. On the ground, the warm damp air left tendrils of mist as it was being sucked up into the clouds. It was terrific. I made perhaps twenty exposures using the auto bracket feature on the Olympus then headed off to Sake for some chicken pad thai, and home for a late dinner. It might be a better 4th than I expected.

Olympus OMD EM1 with 20mm f1.7 lens processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro2 plug-in in PS CS4.


4 comments on “Stormy Sunset

  1. Love this. Could make for a really strong book cover :-).


  2. I’ll make you a deal, Dana. If this image inspires you to write a book I’ll give you the use of the image to use for the cover. At any rate I’m glad you like it.


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