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Storm is Coming

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I’m rolling through North Dakota aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder. For awhile I’ve been watching out my window as a thunderstorm has been brewing.

We’re about to get into the heart of the storm, but behind us is still clear skies. The result is what photographers call storm light.

I’ve seldom been able to capture scenes with good storm light. Some photographers are storm chasers and I’ve long admired some of the dramatic work they’ve been able to produce.

It can be difficult to make good photographs from a train. The rocking motion makes it tough to hold the camera still and you must contend with reflections from the windows. But everything seemed to work out well with this image.

This storm was relatively brief and we were through it in no time and back into clear skies. But for one moment it produced some memorable views.


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