Sometimes you just have to stick it out. Maybe it's your tongue, or maybe it's a situation that you have gotten yourself into. Regardless, toughing it out to the end can be painful, rewarding, or somewhere in between. When it comes to photography, it is usually a moment of incredible light or maybe it's an event that have you waited a long time to experience.
I was out chasing some not very powerful storms last weekend, but that was just an excuse to drive around looking for old barns and farm implements that might be worth stopping to take a look at. The storms had been building since around lunch time and I thought that if I could find something that would make suitable foreground interest then the storm clouds would just be icing on the cake. Maybe even experience a dramatic moment. One never knows until you get out there.
I had just about given up hope when I passed this old homestead. I thought that this might work but kept driving. I went on another few miles when a gentle rain started to come down. By the look of the dark and moody clouds above me I realized that the barn I had passed might be the best - so I turned around.
I pulled up into the old dirt drive and got out with a wide angle zoom attached. I began wandering around looking for compositions. As I did so, I moved closer and closer to the barn itself and the truck with trailer parked next to it. The rain was starting to get a bit more serious and the wind was beginning to pick up, so I began to make one exposure after another while changing compositions after each two exposures. Suddenly, the whole sky lit up to the right of the barn and changed the entire light of the scene. The clouds above me were illuminated in dramatic contrasts - dark on the left and sunlit on the right. I furiously made exposures as the wind pelted my face and gear with rain. I had to continually wipe the front of my lens between exposures. As the rain began to come down in huge drops, I ran for the Jeep - laughing the whole way and arrived just before the deluge really hit. I was pretty well soaked by this time. I dried off my gear and took a look at the display. The last few exposures showed me some of the most gorgeous light I had seen in quite some time. I was elated! I knew the long drive back would be worth every minute. I had been treated to a rare moment in time by Mother Nature herself, and I had been rewarded beyond my imagining.
And so without further ado, the image I call "Storm Light" - the end result of an afternoon well spent.
Next time I am going to talk about and review a new product that may be of interest to you all. It is inexpensive and I think many of you will want to invest in this simple yet excellent idea. Until then, I wish you all good light - TGW