Weather

Single Strike

Single-strike

Two weeks ago we had an incredible light show that was thrown by mother nature. The strikes were coming every few seconds. and they were mostly located in the same area. This photo was taken from about 15- 20 miles away from where the strike originated.

Equipment used:

Nikon d7000
Tripod
Ball head
Remote cable release and my 24-70 lens.

I set the camera on manuel focus
at f/16
iso 200
6 second exposure..

I love all the fingers extending from the lightning
I love the clouds
I like the lights from the city

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Strike

This was a fun night. By the time I got to this location it was raining cats and dogs and the mosquitoes were out in full force. I was inside my car with my camera hooked up to a cable release. I was dry and so were the mosquitoes. I stayed for a few shots and then went home. I was pleased with how this turned out. I find the two signs ironic for this photo.
Thanks for visiting.

~wr~

strike-

Bolt



Bolt

Last night was incredible. The entire valley was filled with lightening bolts. We drove to the end of our street and set the van up so that the back was pointing to one of the storms. I held a cable release with the camera on a tripod. As soon as a flash went off I pushed the button. This is not an exact science, but it did work.

For this bolt I processed using Lightroom 2. I enhanced the colors darkened the exposure and then exported to CS4 and added a touch of Topaz adjust. I still have a few minor areas to fix, but overall the photo is pleasing to me. This photo has so much action happening that it is almost hard to believe. The colors of the sun starting to set, the rain, the shape of the clouds and the lightening bolt all add to a dramatic photo.

Thank you for visiting tonight.

~wr~

Controlled Burn @

Controlled Burn 2
Here is another view of the same controlled burn of farmland in Southwest Provo. This photo was taken close to the sun setting. As it was getting dark the fire was lighting up the smoke with some wild colors. I did very little to enhance the colors on this photo. I did use Topaz DeNoise to reduce the noise. I erased a good portion of the noise in the smoke section.

The specs:
iso 1600
Tripod with cable release
120 mm
f/4.8
1/4 sec

I like the silhouettes of the trees.
I like the rich colors of the sky and smoke.
I like the dark and light colors.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Controlled Burn

Controlled Burn

Today was another day at the dentist for me. This time I was in the chair for close to four hours. He did an amazing job. I have had a hard time in the past with going to the dentist, but I have to say this time I have one who is honest and talented, and has great people skills. So for today’s post I am using a photo I took last night.

We were coming home from taking our family to dinner last night when we saw two large black clouds rising in the distance. There was a fire in the farm land of Southwest Provo. My youngest daughter was scared and didn’t want to go anywhere close to the fire. So I dropped her off with my wife and grabbed my camera and went to with my older daughter to where the fire had started. As it turns out this was a controlled burn that quickly got out of control and was burning it’s way towards Utah Lake. Every few minutes it would flare up in a spectacular fashion. This photo was taken after we had been in the location for about an hour. It had become quite dark and was starting to die down. The remaining fire produced some amazing colors in the rising smoke.

The Specs:
iso 800
120 mm
f/4.8
0.6 sec

I like the rich colors of the smoke.
I like the silhouette of the trees.
I like the deep blues of the sky.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~