Reynoso Art: Lenticular Sunset
I still pinch myself when I view this image. It has a beautiful vineyard, the moon, a huge lenticular cloud backstopped by a beautiful blue sky, a golden hill with oak trees, and it was actually clear enough to see all the way to Mt. Diablo quite some ways away from my vantage point in the Suisun Valley.
That evening was an evening, like most, where I consider not even going out for sunset because I’m more of a morning person. And the breeze… It’s often breezy around here in the evening which can make things difficult. But…the clouds looked interesting, so I talked myself into going. Driving out, as always, I was assessing the light and looking at any cloud formations as this information will help me to plan which vineyard in which to work. I often have an idea of where I might want to go, but as with any photographic venture involving nature, it is subject to change without notice.
It was a last-minute decision to head out the door, so I didn’t have as much time to find something of interest, figure out my lens choice, get my exposure settings, determine my position, and climb up onto the van’s roof. Yes, you read that correctly. :) From the time I saw the large lenticular cloud begin to develop until the time I stopped making images due to the lack of light was about half an hour. Clouds can move a lot in that time, so one must be vigilant and ready for whatever unfolds. I’m so glad I was ready for this! I’ve been photographing these vineyards for almost a year now and have logged about 80 trips so far and have not seen anything like this before, or since.
In search of beauty~
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