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Rolling Thunder & Hills | by Moose Winans
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Rolling Thunder & Hills

Story Behind The Photo

I was on my way home, driving through a torrential downpour when all of a sudden the clouds broke and the sun decided to peak through and cast some dramatic light along this lush hillside. Naturally, I pulled over to take a shot.


These moments are always bittersweet. You want to slow down and really take in the scene around you, however, the photographer inside of you is yelling... "take the photo you idiot, the light is fading!"


Thankfully the sun kissed the Ozark Mountains for a few minutes, allowing me to try out a couple different compositions.


I settled on this one, with the wide open hill gently sloping into the tree line and the ominous sky overhead.


Settings and Step-by-step Tutorial

If you'd like to get a firsthand look at my process for shooting this particular photo, I created a tutorial which highlights the settings I used, along with some hidden tips and tricks that can help improve your landscape photography.


Check it out here:


It was created specifically for the Nikon D5100, but many of the same settings can be applied to the D5200, D3200, and D3100. For you non-Nikon users, you may still find some helpful nuggets, so I encourage you to stop by.

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Taken on October 11, 2011