Letting Your Emotions Drain

Oh how true those words are! (above quote might not be visible in some feed readers…) I took this photo about 3 years ago while my wife and I were driving through Yosemite heading out to Mono Lake and the Easter Sierras in pursuit of fall colors. I spotted this image of the clouds blocking the late afternoon sun as we drove down the road. I scared my wife as a slammed on the breaks and jumped out of the car with camera in hand. I knew I would only have a few seconds before the clouds moved and the moment was gone. I only had time for one frame before it disappeared.

Since this is the digital age, I immediately looked at the image when I got back in the car. “Ehhh, not what I had wanted”, was my first comment. This past weekend, after proper fermenting in my archive, I rediscovered the image and feel completely different about it. With some adjustments, I was able to add a bit more to it. I now love how you get this dark feeling from the light. How the entire bottom 2/3rds is black. The framing of the clouds and sun by the pine trees.

Many a photographer before me has said how time is needed to remove the feeling of the moment from a photograph in order for the real value to develop. I think this is yet another case.

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