The Key, Otago, South Island – New Zealand

Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you can capture a perfect shot with careful planning and plenty of patience. Other times, nothing you do seems to work out. At times like that, it’s best to just take a deep breath, relax, and go with the flow a little. Every so often, it turns out that a perfect shot you never could have anticipated is waiting to surprise you just around the bend.

Window to the Sky captures a moment exactly like that. I was visiting New Zealand’s South Island with a mind to make some photography magic happen, but nothing I tried had panned out that day. I’d just made up my mind to throw in the towel and head back to Queenstown when this spectacular group of lenticular clouds started picking up an incredible rainbow of color from the setting sun.

Suddenly, there I was taking in a parade of lemon yellows, sugary lilacs, and buttery goldenrods. They were melting seamlessly into one another, positively glowing against the faded denim of the evening sky. As I pulled over to capture these lenticular clouds properly, I realized that I hadn’t found my moment so much as it had found me instead.


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