I was on my way up the hills recently (March 2010), in the almost-complete darkness of a stormy evening. As I climbed, a flash of colour caught my eye and I had to find a place to pull over safely to assess the scene on the western horizon.
Luckily I had my camera on the passenger seat, with my 300mm lens fitted, because my standard 18-125mm lens would have captured mainly blackness, with only a hint of these pastel shades.
I shot this without even getting out of the car, because I was in a hurry. The old-fashioned telephone pole was actually a huge help, because I chose its silhouette to emphasise the brief flash of colours before darkness swathed the horizon.
I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot without a tripod, using a Pentax K100D fitted with a Sigma 70-300mm lens. F5.5, 1/6 sec, ISO 800, focal length 300mm.
Featured in THEME THURSDAY, FEATURE FRIDAY, November 2010.
Featured in MORNINGS AND EVENINGS, SUNBEAMS AND STORMS, June 2011.