Storm chasing

Storm chasing

After almost a full day of clouds across the sky and flat light, all of a sudden the skies opened up a wall of water, and rays of beautiful light.  I was sitting in my apartment, doing some work on the computer and occasionally looking out at the gray skies, when all of a sudden I heard this loud noise starting first to build then reaching a crescendo.  I opened my front door and discovered that it was a solid, steady rain.  I looked out my back door and saw a bright rainbow.  The feature photo for this post is taken out my back door.

So, I grabbed the gear and started chasing the rainbow.  When that faded, I started to chase the clouds and the light.  Then the rainbow came back, and I photographed it in other locations.  In between being run around by the thunderstorm and its effect on the light, I worked to capture the general quality of light and the texture of the clouds.  It is simply so rare to see clouds like this in Anchorage, it is such a treat to see them and be able to photograph them here. 

Sometimes I have a plan, where I have a specific location where I will set up and wait to see what the light does at that particular location.  Other times, I go to where the light takes me.  This was definitely one of the latter type of evenings.  If I knew anything about emergency medicine, I would say this was somewhat like triage.  Only after the sun went down was I able to slow down a little, look more for compositions that spoke to me, rather than the compositions essentially throwing themselves at me.  Again, digital photography provided me the ability to explore those ranges of light beyond sundown.  Additionally, the digital camera allows me to take more accurate exposures with my Hassleblad.  After the sun goes down, a handheld incident light meter – my tool for setting the exposure manually on the Hassleblad – is pretty useless.  But, with my digital camera, I can discern the best exposure and then use those settings to correctly set the exposure in the Hasselblad.  The silhouetted tree, standing alone long after the sun went down but still with some light in the sky, was captured both with the digital and the film.  It will be interesting to see how they compare.

Now, I am off to see if I can attempt another star trails photo.  With the nearly full moon in the sky, it will be challenging.  But, I have an idea … we will see if it works.

One Response to “Storm chasing”

  1. Deborah Trivitt Says:

    nothing sweeter than the plains after a good thunderstorm! Love the rainbow.

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