Summer thunderstorms usually start by midday here in Southern Colorado. The clouds begin to build and the monsoon rains come in fast and furious. And clouds mean SUNSET Photography. Although elusive, when the clouds are in “full bloom” at around 8pm in July, I grab my camera or iPhone. I think a good workflow, when the clouds are creating a broad range of color throughout the sky, is to find something to put at the bottom of the frame: trees, a ridge line, people, to create a silhouette. When the star of the show is a particular cloud formation, I tend to think of the photo as a portrait of light and color and shape. I don’t include any reference to the land in some photos. I will often overexpose slightly to make sure the camera meter doesn’t make the image too dark. But I also keep an eye out on the LCD for “hot spots” of overexposure in the highlights. A wide angle lens will sometimes give a feeling of the clouds moving in the scene too. My wide angle lens for backpacking is the Nikon 16-85mm. When hiking a short distance my wide angle lens is the 12-24mm. Here are a few samples.