Friday, July 17, 2009

The Storm I

This is a photo I took a few weeks ago during an early evening storm. This was an incredible storm to watch. During the course of the storm there was much lightning, a rainbow and a sunset. Later shots depict the deepening sunset going through yellows, oranges, and reds. I’ve never seen a rainbow during such a deep red sunset (not to mention the lightning). What a sight.

I sat at this location for about 1hr. Because of all the lightning, I didn’t feel safe standing outside with my camera on a metal tripod. So, I stayed in my vehicle. I have a Joby Gorillapod that I use as backup, lightweight tripod. In this case, I used it to attach the camera to the partially open window. It was very unsteady and required constant adjustment, but it did let me get 2-3 minute shoots. After that experience, I’m now looking into getting a car window mount clamp that sports a tripod mount.

Be sure to visit Sky Watch Fridays for more images of the sky from around the world.

18 comments:

fourwindsphotojournal said...

Wow, that is some shot, and I grew up in Oklahoma, a state famous for it's storms. Aren't you glad you were there when it happened?

Jan said...

All your patience was worth it. Great photo.

Russ, this is my first time visiting your blog, so I took a stroll thru, and I really like what I saw. As our gov. said, I'll be back.

erin said...

a truly spectacular shot...the color, the power of the shot, et. al.
have a wonderful weekend.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Great photo, Russ!
I love bad weather pictures and this one is very dramatic but amazing!

Thanks for your visiting and nice comment.

Sylvia K said...

What an incredible shot! Talk about breathtaking, that's what this one is! It was most definitely worth the effort! Gorgeous!

Gaelyn said...

What a powerful storm. It is exciting to be in this kind of energy, yet in a safe place. I want to see the shot with the rainbow.

If your going to be close, I highly recommend visiting the North Rim of Grand Canyon. Of course I'm biased, but it's a totally different environment than the South Rim, and with fewer people. Let me know and I'll try to give you a real tour.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad you're enjoying my world.

Snapshutter said...

As an avid storm watcher I have to say this is a great capture of a storm.

The Laughing Idiot said...

Wow! That is fantastic!

Photo Cache said...

spectacular shot. what a dramatic image. happy weekend.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

You just gave me a great idea for a Christmas present for The Husband, he's a photographer, and I think a window mounted tripod would light up his life!

Great shot. It's magnificent actually.

ms toast burner said...

Wow, Russ! That's an amazing photo!

EcoRover said...

Very nice! I love being in a tent at treeline when those babies roll in...

Bryan said...

That's quite the turbulent sky. The low tree silhouettes make me feel like I'm in the back row of a movie theater. Nature's version of Mystery Science Theater?

Urban Cynic said...

Oh my God - that picture is stunning!

Ida said...

Great shot!
Very COOL! :))

Linnea W said...

Amazing...I have to live vicariously through other people's storm shots such as yours since we just never seem to have any skies remotely as dramatic as this sky you captured! LOVE IT!

Russ said...

Thanks everyone!

Bryan - Hah! Mystery Science Theater - that's a hoot!

Linnea - I know what you mean, I've lived in the Sacramento, CA and Austin, Tx area for various amounts of years. I also missed the NM/CO skys.

Rob Ripma said...

Wow! Amazing shot! Such great drama!