Photographs of severe weather have always fascinated me and often because they are sights not witnessed by the general public. Most people take shelter when severe weather approaches leaving a select few photographers to venture into the danger in order to record the event. In fact many of the most striking moments happen after the rainstorm, such as powerful cloud formations, lightning or lighting can be taken. Shooting after the rainstorm gives us better lighting as well as the sun comes back out and dramatic sunsets often follow as well and what amazing images can be captured.
This was taken at Labuanbajo from a hilltop overlooking the bay after mother nature put on a very angry heavy thunder and lightning show with rain for all to see, suddenly she ended it with the most beautiful sunset that I will never forget. I simply loved the dramatic light changes that happened during this moment and it looked very much like nature was painting the sky and the shimmering of warm light gradually illuminating on the water surface to a different scene altogether as the sunlight made a brief appearance and started to peek out slightly behind those heavy storm clouds in the distance creating such a stunning contrast.
Watching the ominous, storm clouds move swiftly out into the sea reminds me of the saying about the calm after the rainstorm. No matter how bad the storm, there is always peace and blue skies afterward. I think life is like that, and the powerful sheen seems to carry a message too, almost like mother nature is saying,
" Enjoy a beautiful calm sunset now " .....
Labuanbajo, Western tip of Flores Island, Eastern Indonesia.
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yaya13baut (3344) 2012-08-06 9:56
a nice sunset shot with beautiful shades in the cloudy sky and an atractive goldenn look on the water where the hills' silhouettes seem to dive. nice presence of the boat on the foreground.
SWEETFREEDOM (23280) 2012-08-06 9:57
great picture, i like the big clouds formation on the horizon, and the sunlight over the water
holmertz (43795) 2012-08-06 10:21
I understand not only the relief everyone must have felt when the storm was over, but also your joy of seeing these marvellous clouds filling the reddened sky during sunset. The once again calm see looks like it's plated with silver or gold, and as usual you found a boat perfectly placed in one of the reflected areas.
specialist (1181) 2012-08-06 10:43
an eye-catching shot, well-balanced in colour and light... bravo photo friend,
cornejo (34626) 2012-08-06 10:53
Hello Abmdsudi, great shot very well composed this beautiful view with the lovely reflections of the sea. A beautiful and technically perfect image quality, very good and very well done beautiful work, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy start to the week.
Gerrit (50822) 2012-08-06 11:13
What amarvelous view and landscape, realy fantastic.
Spectacular sky and wonderful golden sea.
lpi (4857) 2012-08-06 11:27
Quel beau shot!
La luminosité est excellente!
J'aime le cadrage serré.
boa (6235) 2012-08-06 11:49
i would like to take photos of a thunderstorm if i had the chance and i think it is like you say: "there is always peace and blue skies afterward". You have captured a very beautiful moment here. The light in the clouds is eye-catching and your composition is flawless, well done!
Have a nice evening.
serp2000 (41700) 2012-08-06 12:00
Another masterpiece! My congratulations! Impressive exposure, superb colours. I really love this composition, just a paint picture. TFS! Let me add my point to your tip box!
SnapRJW (31625) 2012-08-06 12:02
Hello Abmdsudi - The rim-lighting on the distant clouds is indeed dramatic and wonderful, they make a fine back drop to the shimmering metallic sheen on the sea. The 3 spits of silhouetted land give great depth and balance to the image and the little sail boat adds the perfect detail. I wish we could see the top of the tallest cloud but I imagine your POV looking down across the ocean made that difficult. Evocative and lovely image which shows the wonders of the natural world. Have a lovely evening Rosemary
aliabazari (16053) 2012-08-06 12:28
This picture is very beautiful and attractive. Exposure and color is unique. Well done.
Fis2 (88885) 2012-08-06 12:35
A very nice view.
Wonderful silver water effect.
Good frame and superb colors.
Gigidusud (17615) 2012-08-06 13:27
Fantastic landscape on sunset with splendid light,nice reflections and a beautiful cloudy sky.I love!
mauro61 (52631) 2012-08-06 13:49
buono l'effetto della luce che genera piacevolissimi colori.
Mi piace l'argento dell'acqua con la barca e la terra in controluce,
lousat (81158) 2012-08-06 15:04
Waaw! What a moment and what a spectacular view! Fantastic atmosphere,and fantastic camera settings to take so well the difficult lights and colors of this scenary.Great great work,the pic of the day,no doubt.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-08-06 15:49
Ola Abmdsudi ,
Lindas as nuvens de fundo em tons laranja , gostei muito dos tons de prata do mar , boas silhuetas , bom momento com o barco lá em baixo , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Budapestman (82620) 2012-08-06 16:54
a fabulous view with picturesque composition, the colours and lights are amazing. Great atmosphere, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
PaulVDV (24075) 2012-08-06 22:10
The silhouettes of the boats and the different peninsulas add depth to the picture and provide also an excellent composition.
They look also wonderful in the silvercoloured sea which in turn contrasts nicely with the red sky.
I also like the red contours around the dark clouds very much.
Best regards, Paul
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-08-06 22:26
Outstanding shot, Abmdsudi - I'm happy to spend my last green smiley here! The contrast of light - the deep red hues of the clouds and the brilliant light reflected off the water - give this the perfect mood, and the silhouette of the boat in lower left is a sign that people escaped this storm unscathed. Just perfectly composed and exposed.
bayno (18344) 2012-08-06 22:53
a fantastic shot, the sea looks like a coat of silver and the front of the clouds moving away leaves beautiful colors and beautiful patterns in the sky, framing and depth are perfect, I like the inclusion of the sailboat in the composition, very good management of light...a small masterpiece...
have a good day...
Cricri (110295) 2012-08-06 23:35
Fantastique instant du coucher du soleil, effet magnifique des couleurs du ciel et la couleur d'argent de la mer avec les montagnes et le bateau en silhouettes, merveilleuse image
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2012-08-06 23:40
This photograph simply leaves me breathless! The simple joys and satisfaction of waiting and photographing after storm, one of my favorite conditions to shoot. Look at this! The orange clouds are superbly exposed (thanks to your expertise)! I really liked how it outlines the storm clouds! The sun's light impeccably covers the waters with a warm glow, a surrealistic image one couldn't imagine seeing. I bet this was even awe inspiring during the capturing process. Exquisite! POV, Compo, framing, and everything! Top quality image!
My congratulations! TFS!
Graal (99510) 2012-08-06 23:59
view here is beautiful. Good shot from fine POV. Amazing game of light at the sea. Unusual pattern od clouds on the sky and hue. Fine composition with the sailboat in BG.
Have a nice day.
maria-v1981 (10816) 2012-08-07 1:10
The composition is well balanced with the boat, wonderful effect on the water. Special regards for the light capture. The atmosphere is remakable. What we ca say for this image...?
Have a good day,
willperrett (7852) 2012-08-07 1:16
You have been posting a lot recently! While I think I generally prefer your streetlife images, I have to say that this is a cracking landscape. As usual, it's all about the light, and what you were offered here is glorious. If I didn't know your work better, I'd think you'd played some P'shop tricks! And the placement of the boat is the icing on the cake. Good work!
dkmurphys (51573) 2012-08-07 5:05
Another POV to illustrate that amazing moment. Great colors of the sky and the superb string sunlight on the water. Good shot.
rmajum (1151) 2012-08-07 8:09
A picture so very close to a painting,outstanding scenic beauty. The fiery yellow sky and the lights on water changed the whole complexion. Need luck to witness such a perspective. Thanks for sharing,
bema (26363) 2012-08-07 8:15
Hi dear Abmdsudi,
wow! what an powerful scenery and fantastic capture, indeed! like a lot the silver lightning see, a beautiful contrast with the dark landscape and the powerful clouds above!
good to have you there, instead of the heavy weather!
thanks for sharing, see you around, cheers Bernd
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-08-07 10:35
The sky is spectacular and is very different from the color of the landscape. The foreground is superb. The light, colors, sharpness and depth are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
ourania (35164) 2012-08-07 12:35
this beautiful and suggestive natural spectacle almost fills eyes with tears of gratitude of being alive and able to witness scenes like this. Even in a photograph I really appreciate this experience. You rose up to the calling to capture this wonderful moment in a really excellent way, dealt with the composition, lighting and atmosphere admirably. I love the depth, textures, colours and details wrapped in this magnificent light and its contrasts. I think the sheen is also saying "it was worth looking out and waiting". Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
ines8 (6098) 2012-08-07 14:46
Amazing, wonderful image, i love it!It is like a beautiful dream....
npecanhuk (69208) 2012-08-07 18:43
That cloudy sky is magnificent!
The sun beams reaching the sea surface were wonderfully captured!
Chosen pov and composition are outstanding features here! I love it all with not a single but!
TFS - congrats,
adores (39942) 2012-08-07 19:16
Another great sky here!Surely a beautiful sunset with those clouds in background. I also light the reflection on the water and the silhouettes of these boats in foreground. A great moment, captured from a well chosen place!
sacimar (26199) 2012-08-08 5:03
this is a beautiful image, I like the clouds in the sky, the colors and tones are very nice, the composition with the boat is excellent,
eldancer1 (30873) 2012-08-08 9:08
Awaesome composition! Shooting against the sun can be difficult but you did a wonderful job with this. Nice catch of the boat and good dof with nice details. I like the way you captured with clouds. Well done, tf.s
adramad (39806) 2012-08-08 12:18
A wonderful composition of special beauty, the gray sky with those clouds with a touch of red, are ideal, but the surface of the sea, with those lights that give a patina and silver, it's beautiful, ideal to complement the backlight of these promontories the coast.
A superb work also recalls some wonderful paintings. Well done. I love it.
kato (11630) 2012-08-08 23:46
You're capturing well this seascape by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's impressive to see the sky dyed to orange color after the rainstorm and the reflection on sea projected to the golden color. It's impressive in some layers of peninsula, too. So moody photo!
Have a nice week.
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-08-09 18:00
Incredible sky. Nice contrast of light and dark. The water leads the viewer to the sky. Nicely cone.
delpeoples (54471) 2012-08-10 2:40
Hello dear Abmdsudi
Another magical scene. The blood pressure has lowered just looking at this. I love the silvery tones on the water and the sillhouettes and those golden colours around the clouds leave me speechless. Wonderful shot, I can't think of any way you'd improve it. I'm happy to just watch and admire.
Warm regards and happy weekend
josepmarin (57841) 2012-08-10 4:41
this scene makes us feel a great peace and many tranquility, indeed you have caught a fantastic image of these dramatic clouds after the rainstorm, with the orange tones that they seem to inflame the sky, and which offer us a spectacular contrast with the silver tones of the sea, which shines strongly under the sun rays.
The silhouettes of the coast and of the boat increase the huge beauty of this composition.
It is a superb work, my friend.
brianmcc (6189) 2012-08-10 13:45
amazing light in this picture, and you have captured the scene wonderfully well. the little boat and areas of land that appear silhouetted against the sun are superb. a very appealing atmospheric image.
danyy (0) 2012-08-10 23:33
un moment de grande douceur sous un ciel des plus beaux. Une capture parfaite de lumières à la distribution inhabituelle qui donne aux eaux le rôle d'éclairement de la scène.
C'est tranquille et reposant, spectaculaire aussi.
nikkitta (16230) 2012-08-11 16:07
Hello dear Abmdsudi,
Really what a very beautiful capture, seems like a picture
Never see a sky like this before and the colors and silver reflections
It goes to my favorites
Greetings and TFS
siamesa (27761) 2012-08-11 17:49
Boa noite Abmdsudi
This photo is a dream. Spectacular view and magnificent colors.The formation of the clouds is fantastic.
TopGeo (38206) 2012-08-12 1:44
Hello Abmdsudi, It really is a scene that excites each sensitive can be cut in half horizontally into two separate images! Unique! after the storm! and colors and performances! A moment that stays in the heart and eyes! Impressive context and conception!
GREGG (7888) 2012-08-12 7:16
spectacular view, beautiful place and shown in a pleasant composition perfect exposure,
well-used Cokin :)
good quality photography.
I like it. Have a nice Sunday
Didi (58488) 2012-08-12 9:13
Good dominant point of view and specially a very good lights management.
Noel_Byrne (26651) 2012-08-13 5:24
Wow, now that is an extreme weather shot if I ever saw one, and like you say, how wonderful that as most people head for shelter, you took this to share with us all. The little ship in the lower left adds a wonderful magical element to the shot, and also gives great scale to the power and intensity of the storm approaching. The colours of course are brilliant.
Thanks for sharing
mkamionka (32043) 2012-08-13 13:35
I have no words to describe the beauty of this photograph.
I feel like I have still so much to learn about photography, this photo is an inspiration to search for such great opportunities as you created here.
This is a spectacular POV which allows you to have the painted sky exactly where it should be. The rocks make wonderful silhouettes as does the boat. I like very much the subtle reflections in the water surface and a pleasant play of light and shadow. The clouds are fantastic with a nice orange color tones. Amazing sharpness and overall quality.
jemaflor (88237) 2012-08-14 3:58
Great light capture, tfs, I like the composition with this boat and the aspect of the sea with an interesting silver tone, beautiful sky with clouds and orange light.
Robert1969 (7160) 2012-11-11 11:55
Wow..A picture with beautiful layers:
sky........and the water self has also nice
horizontal lines(small waves). A picture with
also wanderfull composition: the open space
and the boat gives the viewer a very nice
feelingt of freedom and the picture has a
excellent light management....
.... Goes to my favorites.
elenimavrandoni (14209) 2013-01-05 12:31
Hello Abmdsudi,what a great combination of after storm colors and natural shades!The sky is amzing almost in flames, the reflection of the shining light on the water is catching and impressive! The shadow of the boat adds a great caracter to your beautiful picture!
Kielia (24073) 2013-01-13 3:31
a very fascinating image with a fantastic mood - and a great impression of the silence after the storm, very thoroughly composed with an excellent management of the light. My compliments also for the interesting notes!
kiks (11781) 2013-02-24 9:56
Fantastic moment. The big big clouds full of water ready to let it all on the land illuminatet by the orange light of the sun and the zilver color of the sea with the beautiful sillouet.
adidas5nb (5685) 2013-05-03 19:37
well i would not like to say much about this pic.rather just sit back and enjoy it.what beautiful colors and silhouettes.FANTASTIC.
claudeD (34837) 2014-02-16 8:57
amazing landscape picture from Indonesia showing this wonderful view. Very fine light managment and so much atmoshere. I like the view really very much.TFS.
WIth regards from Luxembourg
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- Date Taken: 2009-03-26
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