Dorinna and I were eating dinner at Ginger and Baker. We had a table on the outside patio, protected by a hopeful umbrella if it decided to rain. Overhead the storm clouds rumbled and roiled. As we lingered over the end of the meal, we suddenly became aware of the sky over our head. The storm clouds had turned into mammatus clouds and the light shifted towards sunset. Mammatus clouds always indicate strong turbulence and are often associated with tornadoes. Later that night, severe storms swept across the Colorado plains, but at the moment it was just a beautiful way to end the day and an opportunity to shoot my favorite image of the week.

Mammatus Sunset


Digital Darkroom. I made the usual kind of adjustments with this image, boosting exposure, contrast, and clarity. I also nudged up saturation a bit, which I usually stay away from (not counting my common usage of Fujichrome Velvia, of course).

WIRR stands for Weekly Image Rich Ruh. This regular feature on Das Has von Ruh will show and describe my favorite photo created during this weekly period. My weeks start on Mondays, as does the WIRR. I’m hoping to include commentary on the story, the setting, the specs, or the sentiments, depending on the circumstances.


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