Horseshoe Bend Road

I was really hoping to get some good lightning/storm shots last night to the east, but nothing produced.  For a moment around 8:30, there were some towers rising about 30 miles away, but as the sun set, they all just fizzled.

Today’s shot was so close to being a great opportunity.  A little rain shower blossomed to the west and pretty much stayed stationary for a good hour.  This allowed the sun to drop below the clouds and begin to illuminate from below.  Unfortunately, there were quite a few Colorado showers and storms that quickly swallowed up the sun into an early sunset.  This quickly extinguished any light that would ultimately provide a lot of color to the clouds.  None the less, I enjoyed finding a new perspective on a road that I have driven many times.  I have shot from/on this road probably 20 times in the past, never thinking to try and capture the large wide turn that it makes.  For some reason tonight, it just clicked inside my head to give it a try.  Will probably have to visit the area again when the foliage is greener.


13 responses

  1. Love the framing and how the road directs you right at the sun. The sky is fantastic. Good job all around!

    May 12, 2011 at 8:19 am

  2. Very cool dude, the distortion works really well here and I like the burst. How many shots was this pano?

    May 12, 2011 at 8:36 am

  3. You captured something very unique and beautiful, Scott. You definitely keep us within the frame with this shot!

    May 12, 2011 at 8:57 am

  4. Awesome looking road. I love the light flare!

    May 12, 2011 at 9:18 am

  5. Love the sun on the horizon. I’m a sucker for those kind of shots. 🙂

    May 12, 2011 at 9:23 am

  6. Very nice! Yet another reason to keep returning to a location and get to know it inside out. Always something else to see in a new way.

    May 12, 2011 at 11:47 am

  7. Great pano! Love the cloud formation with the sunset underneath. The distorted road is a great touch!

    May 12, 2011 at 12:49 pm

  8. Very nice image. I love that sky.

    May 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm

  9. Great shot! Made my jaw drop really. 🙂

    May 12, 2011 at 11:53 pm

  10. Love this shot. Looks like a curve you would find on a racetrack. The sun and the sky is spectacular. I like the way the road is sort of framing the sky.

    May 13, 2011 at 7:01 am

  11. I think the storm clouds help make the shot. Its fantastic.

    May 13, 2011 at 10:44 am

  12. Splendid work, fantastic colors and composition. Top rated!

    May 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm

  13. Very nice composition. I dig your clever use of the road.

    May 16, 2011 at 9:56 am

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