My original idea on this day was to go to Garrison, NY to shoot a picturesque Gazebo that overlooks the Hudson River with the West Point Military Academy located across the river serving as a wonderful background subject.

However, going on a Saturday was not the best of plans as the small downtown area was packed to the gill with the patrons of a popular restaurant taking up what little parking areas that were available. Also, there was the opening of an exhibit held at the Garrison Gallery, clogging up the small road leading down to the riverside community.
I will return on an off day to accomplish my original goal, the Gazebo isn’t going anywhere (I hope). 😉


Not one to be deterred, I decided to head up to Beacon to explore and shoot one of Scenic Hudson’s parks; “Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park” (this was a destination I was originally considering as well).

As the day began to melt down into the Golden/Magic Hour, one of my first captures was of this quiet and quaint scene of three sailboats moored in an inlet that is adjacent to the park.

As you can see, the storm clouds were beginning to take shape that eventually evolved into a stunning rain event later on. The beautiful pastel sky was a wonderful counterpoint to the soft beautiful golden light that is found prior to sunset.

After shooting various different scenarios, I, and the other visitors noticed a monstrous rain cloud heading our way, which looked more like a tornado! I deliberately wanted to include the other park patrons to complete the story as the storm was heading towards us. The interplay of light and shadow combined with the array of colors at sunset was quite awe inspiring to this photographer!

The name of this photo was influenced by the blurring effect of most of the people in the foreground that was caused by the slow shutter speed set on my camera. This only added more drama to an already dramatic capture.



About Scenic Hudson:
Scenic Hudson preserves land and farms and creates parks that connect people with the inspirational power of the Hudson River, while fighting threats to the river and natural resources that are the foundation of the valley’s prosperity.

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