Waiting For The Storms

May 19, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

It's a bit after 7pm here and I am waiting for a line of thunderstorms moving this way. Should be close enough around dark thirty, if they hold together that long. The plan is to hopefully capture some lightning images. Even though I have a dozen or so images that I consider excellent, there is always that one image I haven't captured that might be even more stunning than the last.

I have spent the previous two weekends down in the Wichita Mountains in Southwestern Oklahoma shooting wildflowers. On both trips there was just enough of a breeze to make one's life as a photographer miserable. Ended up with nearly one hundred images due to the challenge of capturing something that was close to 'static' in regards to the flowers. This brings up the subject of how challenging, and sometimes dangerous, it can be to capture what we want.

The weathers' contribution can be a factor as well; the actual conditions on the ground or in situ conditions if you like. The previous weekend saw a night of rain before arrival, and a light drizzle to contend with throughout the early morning hours. So the ground and rocks were quite wet and slippery. I was happily trucking along, when I stepped on a piece of moss on granite and out from under me my feet go as the moss broke loose. Imagine my surprise, when suddenly I find that I am lying flat on my back and laughing hysterically! Fortunately, I was none the worse for wear - until the next day. A few minor bruises and pains to contend with were the end result of careless footing, especially under the conditions. Just another of the challenges that we face as landscape/nature photographers. Stupidity!

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It is a little after 11pm and I am back from my trip to capture the storm. The following image is just a sample of the final outcome:

"Cemetery IV"

Exposure Info: Nikon D200 and AF-S Nikkor 12-24/4G @ 24mm @ 25sec @ f/8 @ ISO100. Image processed in LR3 with clarity, contrast, and vibrance added. White balance adjusted to 3140 to create the bluish tint.

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This image was taken during a recent trip to the Wichita's and has become one of my favorites.

"An Afternoon Walk In The Park"

The image was taken with a Nikon D200 and Nikkor AF-S 18-70/3.5-4.5G ED lens. The exposure was at 70mm @ 1/50th sec @ f/25 @ ISO 100. The afternoon Sun angle had created a hazy look to the sky that contrasted nicely with the muted colors of this late Winter day. The image was processed in Lightroom 3 with a bit of contrast , saturation, and clarity added. A 2-Stop graduated Lee filter was used to hold back the sky a bit. Comments are welcome.

-TGW


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