It's been a beautiful summer here in Oklahoma City. Hot but not too hot. Lots of days with the Jeep going topless. The bad thing about is, photographically, it's been all boring skies. No dramatic sunsets. The first bit of rainy weather and I get excited! Bummed that the top goes back on the Jeep but I know there will be incredible sunset shots and clean fresh landscapes.
It had been raining most of the day, but had just let up as I was getting off work for the day. I drive by Lake Hefner every day. In fact, heading home, I drive over a bridge that has me staring right at the sun going home after it's long day in the sky, right across the middle of the lake. When I get to the stoplight before crossing the bridge, I knew tonight had some very good possibilities for a great light show. Let's do this I think. I can hardly get my tripod set up fast enough. The scene in front of me is changing very quickly. On this night there is a sailboat just off the near shore. I grab a snap with my cell phone because the boat is moving fast enough that I was going to miss it if I didn't shoot.
The real show here tonight though was not the boat nor was it the man sitting back relaxing on his vessel. No, the real show was going on behind them, the broken clouds, the colors, the textures, the sunset. With sunsets like this, you need to be quick. They will be completely different or gone in less than a minute sometimes. This is not a time to be fiddling with your camera. Get the composition set like you want, set your controls and shoot and shoot and shoot.
And just when you think your done and the sun is gone, stay ready for another 5-10 minutes. I was packing up to head home and one more blast of light came shining through turning the bottom of all the clouds vibrant pink.