Lurid Lemhi Sunset
The clouds put on a great show for me high on a ridge above Bell Mountain Canyon in eastern Idaho’s Lemhi Range. As obliging as they were in their colors, though, they were stubborn about lining up into a good composition with the peaks. But after a lot of blue skies this year, I was happy to work with that kind of light, challenging compositions or no. I remember consciously telling myself at the time not to shy away from lurid colors in the processed photos. If anything, I’d say my renditions here are a tad subdued compared the actual clouds that evening.
I’m vacillating as to which of these shots I prefer, and I’d be happy to hear folks’ opinions in the comments!
Update: I’ve reprocessed both of this and switched them out. These grand landscapes in dramatic light can be a bitch to process, and I realized I missed the mark pretty substantially on the first try. So make sure you refresh your browser if you’ve visited this post before. I’m also finding that they don’t show at their best on the white background and at reduced size, so I’d definitely recommend clicking through to the original versions on these. Again, I’d be glad to hear what people think, particularly readers with photo processing skills of their own.