Last fall, during the first week of Novemer, we spent a few days up at the cabin in northern Wisconsin. I wrote at the time of the incredible, unseasonably warm weather we enjoyed for those few days. I was able to capture a number of great images, mostly sunsets, during those days. We chose one of those beautiful sunsets titled “November Fire” to be on the front of our 2021 Christmas card. There is even a “November Sky” portfolio on my website with a series of images from this time at the lake.
The image above, which I have titled “The Clouds of November,” I have only recently finished working on. I was unable at the time to bring it to a point which matched my vision of the scene, but thanks to a new (at least to me) technique of using NIK Silver Efex Pro to create a B&W version which is then used as a luminosity mask in Photoshop to bring out the fantastic light in the image.
Believe it or not, this is not a sunset, but a shot taken over an hour after dawn, from our neighbor’s yard with my tripod at the water’s edge. The only thing it might have in common with a sunset is that the camera is facing toward the western shore of the lake. I have taken many, many sunsets from our cabin on the eastern shore, and this shot does resemble some of those sunsets, but I remember the huge shadow on the ground as those looming clouds moved from the east to the west and across the lake.