I don’t often share my failures, but the below image captures the reality of most photo outings. I worked hard to be at the right spot, its official sunset and when I look around, the skies are filled with clouds which paint the scene with various tones of grey. Early on, I would begin packing up my gear. On one outing in 2015, I was cruelly surprised by sudden stunning light appearing in my rearview mirror…only by now, I’m confined on the highway with no nearby exits. I should have waited a few more minutes by the Mississippi River across from the Gateway Arch….that would have been a keeper print. That moment became my penance for not being patient.
…and here’s why I’ve learned to wait. This spectacular sunset occurred Labor Day weekend over Dayton Ohio. This stunning light took the skies over the Miami Valley only 5 minutes after the first dull grey image I released with this image. I was standing with a visiting couple from Indianapolis exploring our RiverScape MetroPark. I remember explaining that although this scene looks questionable, sometimes really incredible things happen when the setting sun finds clear skies and illuminates the clouds from underneath.
This sunset started with a hint of red, right before the entire sky ignited as if were a scene from Ron Howard’s Backdraft. As the skyfire expanded horizon to horizon I elected to pursue a panoramic approach where it required 70 separate images to capture this spectacle.
If you’d like to see this print or more Dayton Skyline images, check out this gallery!