CLEAR­ING STORMS

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Many spec­tac­u­lar land­scape pho­to­graphs owe their drama to a clear­ing storm. A storm’s af­ter­math can leave snow-cov­ered trees, rain­drops on flow­ers and leaves, fog, mist, and the sun break­ing through clouds. As the storm is break­ing, try to de­ter­mine where the sun is, and what it could il­lu­mi­nate if it breaks through the clouds.

I used my lo­cal knowl­edge to make this first photo of Yosemite’s El Cap­i­tan. In winter the sun strikes the west side of this rock at sun­set, so I knew that if the sun peaked un­der­neath the clouds there was a chance for dra­matic light. The sec­ond shot shows the east side of the same rock as the sun broke through rem­nants of a spring storm.

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