Dramatic Afternoon Sky

I took this shot several months ago during an early summer afternoon when the clouds were at their most dramatic. I used an older Canon Rebel XT body but was still able to create a very good exposure using my EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM glass. The clouds that afternoon were spectacular to look at.

Dramatic Sky

Dramatic Sky
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon Rebel XT , 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM at 22mm, f/6.3, 1/320th sec at ISO 100 on SanDisk digital film. Click on the image above for a larger version.

4 thoughts on “Dramatic Afternoon Sky

  1. Mitch,

    Thanks for the compliment. Yes, I did have a circular polarizer on my lens. Since the 17-40mm f/4L is my primary landscape lens I usually keep a B&W slim circular polarizer on it whenever I’m out and about. The weather changes very rapidly here in southeast Texas and you never know when the light will be just right.

    Thanks again for reading!


  2. Great job! Did you use a circular polarizing filter. Love the contrast of the clouds and the sky! Mitch

  3. Thanks John.

    It was a really strange summer afternoon. I’d been driving around, scouting some locations near the old sugar mill that was due to be torn down. The clouds began to build little by little and I really thought a thunderstorm might be brewing. The blue sky and combination of cirrus and cumulus clouds was truly breathtaking and I knew I had to get some shots before the weather changed. I stopped the car, grabbed my camera and tripod (I know it sounds a little OCD, but I never leave home without a camera these days) and looked for anything that would make a good foreground for the image. The old storage building and sugar silos didn’t really look that attractive at first but within a few minutes the light began to soften coming through the high clouds. I started shooting and got pretty lucky!


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