A Photograph Like This Rarely Comes Along

Calgary Sunset, Thunder, Rain, Lightning

An outstanding Calgary Sunset

Just before 10 PM on June 20th, 2014 I was sitting at my computer, photo editing.

There is a west facing window directly in front of my computer desk covered by a sheer curtain.

I noticed an intense glow outside and quickly moved to another window to take a peek.

I’ve lived in this apartment, now, for 15 years and I’ve seen a lot of great sunsets.

I’ve never seen one like this.

No time to set up a tripod I quickly grabbed my Canon 5DMarkIII threw on a 16-35/2.8 L lens and propped it into the window sill.

Now,on first glance e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e would say it was ‘way pumped up in Photoshop’ and that’s not how it looked.

 I did not ‘Pump’ the saturation as a matter of fact, it was left at the zero setting.

I just opened up the shadows, pulled the highlights, and corrected perspective, I added a tweak of vibrance in Lightroom and that was it.

All I did was make the photo look like what I saw, which is what the Canon 5D Mark III couldn’t give me all on it’s own.

And only a short time later?


As the old saying goes…

Even a blind chimpanzee finds a banana now and again.


John Sharpe/ Sharpeshots


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