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Summer's Kiss

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 2 July 2010 in Landscape & Rural.


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Ansel Adams once said, "Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter." This quote along with the late-Galen Rowell whispering in my ear, "Get along the edge of light," guided me in the creation of this image.

My drive started out as nothing more than a simple scouting trip for the following evening's full moonrise. Having just passed summer solstice, I knew the moon would be at its furthest southerly position and wanted to scout potential shooting locations.

Upon first arriving at the base of the Diablo Mountain Range east of my home in Hollister, California, I was dismayed by a wall of solid black clouds. But after pulling the car over to consult the moon's position on my latest iPhone app The Photographer's Ephemeris, I noticed the clouds were indeed moving in an easterly direction and the sky was clearing to the west. My pulse began to quicken (I love being a landscape photographer)!

I immediately turned the car around ditching the notion of finding the moon as that task would have to wait; I had the potential for a dramatically lit sky - I just needed to find the proper foreground. Fortunately I spotted my foreground about 12 miles from my original position, and as a bonus, I could include the setting sun. Quickly deducing a starburst would add an extra visual spark to the image, I dialed down my aperture to f/22, metered the sky, composed the scene and made my image. The far left side of the frame does confirm the edge of the cloudbank and I just featured as much of this incredible sky as possible.

Post production was relegated to simply removing dust spots (for some reason there were many). I will admit I had an angel guiding me to this scene; like Ansel, sometimes I do arrive at the right place at the right time just when God wants me to click the shutter!

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 2/5 seconds F/22.0 ISO 100 24 mm

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