May 27

The evening was full of colorful surprises. First, as I watched for the sunset, I caught an unusual sight.

a broken sun sets behind the clouds

What a weird image the sun presented when it broke through the clouds this evening.  While I sat on a hilltop looking at a potential storm to the west and on the phone visiting with a friend out west in the storm’s path,  I caught a glimpse of the sun for just a minute. I was a rude conversationalist at that point and dropped the phone to snap this very short-lived image.

It was several minutes later, still on the phone that I caught the vivid colors of sunset that I’ve come to expect when conditions are right. North Dakota’s sunsets are nothing if they are not colorful.

But the sunset alone was not enough. I needed something in the foreground, a feature item or focal point.  The gates to the cemetery provided that.

I backed up and took a couple of shots, one with a flash and one without.  The one with the flash allowed me to shoot the sky and surroundings when it was darker than the shot I took without the flash. Without the flash, I had to use available light. With the flash, I used the speedlight, slowed down the shutter and absorbed more of the natural sky light.

Which do you like better?

February 6

Cold dismal February day

The sun never seems to really do much to brighten the days toward the end of winter, and this day in February was no exception.  A gray sky, gray grain bins, and a grainy look to the day was fitting for my camera.  I found this shot not far from Turtle Lake, driving the back roads looking for something to show for the day in North Dakota.

The sunny side of a tin building

Once in a while you can catch a bit of sun and when it hits the side of a tin building its a warming site, no matter what the temperature is.  Earlier in the day before I’d gone out on the road I shot the old blacksmith’s building in Wilton, just the side of it where the sun was hitting.

The sun didn’t last though, and by the end of the day, it was cold and gray.

Snowmobilers head in for gas

That’ didn’t stop some snowmobilers from getting out and running with their sleds in north central North Dakota.  It was evening, they were coming in to a gas station for fuel. I was turning around, heading home.  End of my photo search for the day.