While enjoying the great view from Coopers Rock in West Virginia, the bright summer sun was suddenly blotted out by a big dark cloud overhead. I switched to an Ultra-Wide lens when I saw how interesting the cloud formation was, so I could capture this unusual image. Crepuscular rays, cloud shadows, altostratus clouds higher in the atmosphere and cumulus clouds in the lower atmospheric layers were all present at the same time, against the deep blue sky.
Take a closer at the big dark cloud… do you see the profile of a man on the upper right? To me, it looks like a classic Greek god’s face, looking upward!
To get back “down to earth”, the view above was just as beautiful as the gorgeous terrestrial scene below, as seen from this very high natural overlook.
This photo was taken with a Canon EOS 10D body using a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L Zoom lens, at the widest focal length, with a ND filter attached. The shutter speed was 1/500th sec at f/9.5. The camera’s ISO was set to 100. A Manfrotto tripod was used with a Canon remote shutter release.
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