Soon to be Sunless

Image Description

Not quite what the Weekly Challenge asked for, but I thought I would share this in the spirit of the challenge. I took three wonderful days to shoot Grand Canyon a couple of years back, and was both delighted and surprised by the mixed weather. Clouds, sun breaking through, rain, hail and snow flurries, standing in the howling wind enjoying myself immensely, while jumping in and out of the car to wipe off the camera, warm up or try to get dry. In one location, I had set up hoping to shoot the distant rain cloud shadows when a snow cloud suddenly intruded from the left. I just kept shooting until the curtain had completely shut down the view of the canyon.

Specific Feedback and Self-Critique

I’d appreciate some thoughts on what to do with this, because the snow cloud created a veil over the canyon colors that muted everything. On the one hand, this is the wondrous moment captured, on the other, it’s a seriously interrupted landscape shot. In some edit attempts, I punched up the colors and contrast and hit the dehaze slider, separating canyon from snow cloud, but couldn’t help feeling this was a betrayal of the real moment.

Technical Details

Olympus EM1 Mark II, tripod, F8, 1/640th, ISO250.