When I saw the sun raking across the clouds this morning, I ran back in and grabbed the camera! 😎
We’ve been in our own veritable Tornado Alley these past couple of weeks. Crazy summer storms have been unbelievably violent, but the clouds have been equally beautiful as well, in their own sinister way. I’m fortunate that our house borders open pasture land so I can get sweet views of the sky without having to travel very far. 😎
Be sure to watch it in HD! 😀
I just watched a Chase Jarvis video where he did 4 cool time lapse sessions in South Africa. I’ve always wanted to do one and so I setup my camera to do it over lunch hour. Nikon makes time lapse super easy do to the built in interval timer. You just set it up for how many shots you want and how often, then just walk away! Couldn’t be easier. Chuck them into a movie making program, I used iMovie ’11 and away you go. It’s a really cool way to be creative. I’ll look forward to doing more in the future! 😎
Nabbed a quick shot last night before I rushed off to a meeting.
I’m a fan of silhouettes at Sunset. In the top image I tried to frame the silhouette tree branch on the right and just a smidgeon of horizon below at the very bottom of the picture. The dark cloud structure on the top of the frame helps further frame the overall image. The second image is more of an abstract example of cloud texture and amazing colour. I love how it incorporates the blue and gold and the pinky red on the clouds. 8)
Nothin’ beats a good ol’ Saskatchewan storm. We’ve got loads of sky and with our wicked weather, it’s been brewing up the mad cloud banks. On Thursday night, I noticed the big fluffy white ones and immediately thought: Tornado. Or, at the very least a plow wind. But, thankfully it never happened. But it did offer some way cool photo ops. I decided to give chase and drive east, trying to get some shots before the sun went down. I was able to nab the clouds in golden light which rocks the set! I also decided to do some HDR shots to capture the crazy structure & drama of the clouds. Super fun stuff! 🙂
For the last week or so, there’s been a Red Tailed Hawk screeching at me in the back pasture. He’s been hanging out in the ravine and cruising on the air currents and thermals that rise up out of the valley. It’s been a nice addition to have some extra wildlife actually hanging around. I have noticed at times two of them, so I thought they might be nesting. Tonight, well after golden light had settled in, I grabbed my camera and my trusty 70-300, the dog and we hit the trail running. I wanted to nab shots of this hawk while the golden light was low on the horizon and would illuminate him while he surfed the currents. It worked out! He got lit up like a
Dutch brothel! non-ethnically specified house of ill repute! 😉 Just kiddin’! It was just lots of glorious evening light that highlighted him perfectly and was still high enough to creep into the east side of the ravine.
As I sprinted across the pasture, I was pleased to see he was still hanging around. He even let me get close. And as I crested the top of the hill, I found out why he’d been there: dead deer carcass. It was just ribs and spine, presumably a coyote kill, hopefully not a cougar (but possible). I’m fairly certain this hawk had been hanging around to take part in the bonanza. Soon though, the clouds bunched up and stole my light away. No more hawk pics. But, my attention turned from raptors to landscapes – well, cloudscapes. I ran down the big ravine to get back up the other side, stopping only to take the oak leaf shot at the bottom of coulee. It was raining far off and the light was coming in very rich and warm. It was burning through the clouds so brightly I could barely believe it! Shapes and even faces emerged in the clouds, even a wee rainbow if you look close. It was all very cool! As I stopped to snap the cloud shots, I barely even noticed the horde of wood ticks that had since covered my pants and started crawling up under my shirt. Anything for a picture right? 😉 Finally, I watched as the sun sunk into the horizon and burned the sky before saying nighty night!