It was getting dark. Ok, it was dark. Not pitch black, but almost. I almost hate to admit this… because a good photographer is not supposed to reveal their secrets, lest everyone know they’re merely mortal… but I was able to pull this out of a dark scene using a 5-frame bracketed HDR. The colors are muted a little, but that helps ‘make’ it, in my mind. Given the overcast it’s supposed to be muted. (This one also looks nice in black & white.) Too bad the sunset wasn’t reflecting off the bottom of the clouds, that would have been awesome. But the blue tint in this sky is interesting in its own right.
This scene is south of Redding, Iowa, on US Hwy 169, between the town and the Missouri state line. We spent probably 10 minutes just looking at it to determine if it was worth taking a chance, and I’m glad we did.
Redding is an Amish area, and we did see a young man driving a horse drawn carriage with headlights, and we saw some signs for Amish stores, but no other signs of activity. We drove down to the state line and had to laugh because right on the state line… and I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say right ON the state line, as in the corner of the trailer touches the state line… was a trailer for selling fireworks. That was funny. I guess what they is true… location, location, location.