This was done with 200 film (which I originally thought should be 400 or 800 film), it was about 08:50 at night in the summer and the sun was setting. Because it was getting dark so quick, I opened up the aperture and just started shooting. Aperture was 3.5, 50 mm lens. This was done on a pentax slr K1000


I am an artist who dabbles in many mediums. Why must we be relegated to one form of art? I generally find the cup as half full and enjoy whatever art project I am working on. I have recently re-discovered oil painting. What a rich medium! When not working on a current art project, I am teaching a number of classes or writing about art, travel, or the wonderful worlds of plants and ocean life. Happy painting to all!

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  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 4 years ago


  • Thank-you Shulie,

    I love going after dramatic skies. Not to diminish my work, but this turned out to be a lucky shot. Happy artmaking to you!

    – Claudia Smaletz

  • Heidi Mooney-Hill
    Heidi Mooney-Hillalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful capture, how did you get it

  • Hello, Heidi,

    This was just a great moment in time. I used 200 film with the aperture wide open on a single lens reflex camera. I thought I needed 400 film, because the light was fading fast, but it just goes to show sometimes its best to use what you have at the time. I did not use flash. With the aperture wide open, the highlights of the clouds (which were fading quickly became very warm and bright and the darker part of the clouds became light enough to see. I think I had an 50mm lens, but it might’ve been an 80 to 210mm lens on the camera at the time. Thank-you for stopping by!

    – Claudia Smaletz

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