May 27, 2009
The record rain last week ended up to be just what Rob Rapley ordered: dramatic, ominous clouds, all day long.
After shooting the Dragoons, Rob and Michael decided they wanted to come back to the Middlemarch location for sunset, but since it was only 4:30, was there one more location we could visit and then come back?
I told them we could either do Gleeson or Charleston and if I had to bet, I'd choose the Charleston road. About a mile short of that destination, Rob and Michael both said pull over. Cecile B. DeMille streaks of light were breaking through the clouds:
We are looking west and Iron Springs is to the far right in the pass. While we were set up here many cars chugging up the hill towards Tombstone honked and waved at us (everyone in that part of the state loves a camera crew).
We got back in the rented Toyota and I sped back to the sunset location, just in time to capture the fading light on the Dragoons:
And then, with all lenses pointed west we waited for the sun to set at 7:17. We were not disappointed:
And it just got better and better (is this an Ed Mell painting, or what?):
And, just for grins, here's Michael standing up on a camera box, to capture that A-frame over the cemetery fence in Warren. So when you see it in the PBS American Experience
show on Wyatt Earp you can chuckle to yourself:
And finally, here's the big Billy oil painting I just finished (glare and all):
It's got some cool, murky passages. I am going to do another one though, just because I can.
"I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work—and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't."