July 2015 Image of the Month: Bigelow Range After Storm

Bigelow Range After Storm

Bigelow Range After Storm, Carrabassett Valley, Maine

Unsettled, horizontal clouds stream through Carrabassett Valley near the base of the Bigelow Range as a heavy summer rainstorm begins to clear.  Sunlight reflecting from the cloud tops provides definition and depth against the mountain shapes, silhouetted behind the foreground foliage.  The challenge in making this photo was finding a balance between the bright sunlit areas and the dark tones in the foreground and background of the scene.

Nikon D800E – 70-200mm f2.8 lens at focal length 160 mm, ISO400, f16, 1 sec, UV filter, spot metering, tripod-mounted