By Steve Perry

Stormy Sunset At Sleeping Bear

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We had been trying for three days to get something – anything – at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It doesn’t seem to be a great morning location, so that left us with just three chances - one for each evening we were there. The first evening saw a sunset that was blocked by clouds, the second was clear and colorless, so this was our last chance. If we didn’t get something here, we strike out. As we sat in the parking lot less than an hour before sunset, the rain coming down in sheets, I was a little less than optimistic about getting anything. Still, persistance can pay off, so we stayed put. Soon, the rain was letting up and we had our chance. We raced down to the dunes, found a good spot, setup, and crossed our fingers. As the sun started to drift towards the horizon, my heart was actually racing a little, hoping for just the right light and hoping that if it happened, I had enough skill to get the shot. I took a series of photos and frankly wasn’t too sure about this shot out in the field. I had pre-visualized and hoped for more of a partly cloudy shot with lots of pretty pink clouds. Well, any doubt was quickly laid to rest once I saw this on the computer. I really loved the menacing grey clouds, the rolling dunes, and the last splash of color as the sun went down. I hope you like it too!

Date Added
February 28, 2012
Date Taken
January 1, 1970

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