A few hours before sunset, I decided to travel to Centralia, Missouri, for some fine art photography along the railroad tracks and around the town square.

During the drive, I noticed a large dark shelf cloud to the West. I arrived in Centralia and stopped by the railroad tracks for some photos. Shortly after, the rain began. I packed up my gear, checked my weather radar app, and noticed that the storm was fast-moving and would be over quickly. I drove to the town square and found a great spot on Allen St. The puddles from the thunderstorm were creating some beautiful reflections of the deep blue sky and the surrounding buildings.

I set up my Slik Pro 700DX tripod in the street for some low-angle photos. I used my 42-megapixel Sony ILCE-7RM3 camera paired with a Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens to take the picture above. I shot in aperture mode at ƒ/8.0 with an 8-second exposure at ISO 100. I processed the RAW file with Adobe Lightroom CC.

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