Today, I Celebrate…

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Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilerating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

John Ruskin


Story behind the image…

Each spring finds me in tornado alley storm chasing accross, Oklahome, Kansas, Nebraska, The Dakotas and other states depending on where the storms are happening.  I explain to the folks that travel with me that storm chasing is long hours of waiting for a storm to develop followed by quick bursts of intense photography as we try to stay in front of the storm to get the best images with the most drama.  While it’s pretty amazing to see tornados, it’s the structure of super cells that are really the photogenic part of most storms.  Our guides keep us well out of the way of the storms where we can see and photograph them in safety.

The above photo is a part of a shelf cloud that stretched across the horizon as far as the eye could see.  I went ultra wide (14mm) in order to get as much of the dramatic sky in the frame.  Nkion D3X, AF-S 14-24mm 2.8 @ 14mm  ISO 400 f5.6 @ 1/45 sec  -1 exposure compensation dialed in to emphasize the drama of the dark clouds.  Due to the fact that we often times only have quick moments to grab the shot, I increased my ISO and opened the aperture up so that I could hand hold, get the shot and get back in the van and make our getaway quickly.