Clouds, Clouds and more Clouds

Author David Halgrimson

A favorite subject for me to photograph is clouds. We don’t get them very often here around Phoenix, but when we do… oh my they can be great! This August I was out walking in our neighborhood, looked up and saw some spectacular clouds.

Not only were the clouds great, but the sun rays showing around them were some of the best I have ever seen. Thinking they would probably be gone by the time I got home to get my camera I took my time and just enjoyed looking at them as I walked. Thankfully however, the clouds and rays were still putting on their show when I got home so I grabbed my camera and started shooting!

I shot for about half an hour and captured 75 images. The hardest part was to avoid getting parts of houses and trees in the images so I had to move around a lot! I was on the sidewalk, in the middle of the street, my backyard, front yard etc., to get the best angles. I used a Canon 5D MKII with a 17-40mm and a 24-105mm lens. Camera settings were 1/80th to 1/125th, ISO 100 and f/22. Some post processing in Lightroom to bring out the rays the way I saw them.


Always look up!

David is a trip leader for Arizona Highways Photo Workshops