I'm driving home early one morning and look over to see this scene in the East. Sights like this are like unexpected bonus points. I look over and say to no one in particular, "Okay, you got my attention". Of course I want to take a photo. I was a few minutes away so I kept my calm, made it home and ran in to grab my camera.
Lately I've been taking photos around my town. I'm finding spots I never knew existed. Or sometimes I just stick with places I know. This is obviously of the latter variety.
To get an image like this I took five bracketed photos and combined them. I blended them manually because different areas of the frame look good depending on the exposure. Without that technique the sky would be over exposed and the foreground under exposed. Our eyes see a wider range of light than a typical camera sensor, especially in extreme cases like this.
The sun rays are what caught my attention. I see these regularly around here because of the low clouds in the morning and afternoon. The trick is having a camera ready because it doesn't last long.
Occasionally we all see nice scenes when out driving. If we happen to notice we've usually forgotten in the next minute. However as a landscape photographer I try to notice. It drives me crazy if I don't have my camera, but when I do I'm very happy. I'm not sure if that's completely mature of me but I suppose there are worse things to get emotional about.