Stanley Lake - Sunset vs. Storm - 1

Stanley Lake - Sunset vs. Storm - 1

I was camping with my wife beyond Lower Stanley when the thunder started to roll. I was planning to do some star trails but the clouds brought an end to that plan. Yelena has a great shot of lightning in the Sawtooth's and I thought why not. As I passed Lower Stanley, I could tell that plan would not work either. There was a tremendous down poor with great blackness. The lightning was just pulses of light with no definition. However, there were some great gold and orange clouds at the other end of the valley. It seemed to have Stanley Lake written all over it.

It seemed to take forever to get there. There was a construction signal light that I caught in exactly the wrong phase. Finally made it past there and on the road to the lake. There I encountered a guy with a fifth wheel and a boat behind it. He was moving real slow and needed his half in the middle. I caught a view of the back of his head in his side mirrors and realized he was watching the sunset which by this time was starting to fade. After doing a passing maneuver that I hope that my kids never try, I made it to the lake just as the last rays of the sun were leaving McGowan peek.

I brought the vehicle to a halt in the parking lot and grabbed my stuff and headed down to the lake. I was determined to catch a piece of what was left of the light. I put the camera on "P for Professional" mode, adjusted my exposure compensation down 1 f-stop so nothing would get blown out and took a couple of quick hand held shots. I was not going to leave with nothing.

This is the first shot, no tripod.
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