Reaping the Storm
wheat field beneath the sunset aftermath of a storm
golden wheat and fiery sunsets
The shot of a golden wheat field basking beneath the sunset of a late summer sky is one of those checklist shots every landscape photographer aims for. But following a somewhat fruitless day chasing clouds, I was finally presented with something far more dramatic...
A3 – (Printed Area – 257mm x 360mm)
aftermath of the storm
The forecast for this day was for a squall line to move through a sheared environment which, in laymans terms, meant there was a chance for some spinning clouds. Though there was nothing electrified on the cards, I was interested to see if there was any structural cloud shots to be had over the North Pennines or the hills around Derwent Reservoir.
Though there was some interesting features and cloud dynamics to be seen, there was nothing that was remotely photogenic so after the core of the squall had passed and with the light fading, I headed for home.
It soon became apparent that a dramatic sunset was in the offing and my brain started racing to try and think of the best location to capture it. Earlier in the day I had passed this wheat field and instantly made a note of it for future reference. Little did I know I'd be needing it so soon and thankfully I was already on the road that went right past it. With the sun dropping rapidly, I raced to get there; screeching into the layby with mere moments left to grab this shot.
Post storm environments like this can be awesome and will nearly always provide a dramatic sunset. I love the contrast between the cool blues of the shaded cloud and the fiery orange of those in the sunlight. There was just enough of a ridge in front of me for the wheat to stand that little bit taller and catch the last of the sun's rays. An amazing view I was lucky enough to capture.
- Canon R6 + Canon 24-105mm L Series IS USM @ 24mm | f/4 | 1/60sec | ISO400 | Focus stacked
- Fotospeed Photo Smooth Pearl 290
- Fotospeed Natural Soft Textured Bright White 315