Storm Sunset from Rancho Santa Margarita

August 23, 2006


Provided and copyright by: Carl Garrard
Summary authors & editors: Carl Garrard

I took this photo at the trailing edge of a passing thunderstorm from Rancho Santa Margarita, California on July 22, 2006. I was actually hoping to get a good lightning picture and was dumbfounded by this surreal and discordant sunset -- one of the strangest I've ever seen. Sunlight was reflecting off of the falling rain as well as the clouds in front of the storm, leaving a sharp dividing line between the red and blue/purple hues.

Photo details: Sony R-1 Camera, 1/13th second exposure at F-7.1, ISO of 160, 24mm focal length, custom white balance, shot on a Manfrotto 3021B Pro Tripod and using a shutter release cable.

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