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Storm Light

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Photographs featuring storm light can be planned, but often they occur by happenstance. You’re in the middle of a storm, but it passes through and the sun comes out behind it. Such was the case when Mary Ann Whitley was taking a break at work following a storm and captured this image of the gold budding trees against the back of the storm.

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June 16, 2017 at 6:40 am

Up Early to Catch the Sunrise

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I made it a point during a stay last October at a bed and breakfast outside of Tucson, Arizona, to get up early to catch the sun rising over the Santa Catalina Mountains.

The view wasn’t as colorful or spectacular as the sunset I had photographed from the same location the night before.

But it was a nice view nonetheless. It was quite cool in the desert. It might be in the 90s during the daytime, but the air cools rapidly after sunset.

There was a small wisp of clouds over the mountains that caught the early  morning light. The air was still aside from a few birds chirping away.

It was one of those moments I won’t soon, if ever, forget.

Casting a Long Shadow

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I was in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to photograph the spectacular fall foliage, which was at its peak color.

Intestate 271 and the Ohio Turnpike cross over the Cuyahoga Valley in close proximity and you get an expansive view if you stand beneath the bridges and look eastward.

The shadow crossing the image is the I-271 bridge. I wonder how many of the thousands of travelers who cross over this bridge every day notice or even know they are passing over Ohio’s only national park?

In the foreground below is the towpath trail, a popular path for joggers, walkers and bicyclists.

Storm is a Coming

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I lived in central Illinois for three decades and during that time I saw countless thunderstorms roll in and out. Yet I never once thought to get out and photograph one.

I stumbled across a Flickr page operated by a woman who lives near where I grew up and I have been fascinated with her work in photographing thunderstorms and other weather phenomenon that can easily be seen on the Illinois prairie.

It might look flat and boring to many people — particularly those who don’t live there — but the prairie can yield some dramatic images if you know how to “see” it.

Looking at the work of that photographer has taught me how to see my former home state.

I had just gotten my digital camera when I made a trip back to Illinois. I was driving back to Champaign and could see a thunderstorm brewing off to the west.

I pulled over just outside of Rantoul and got this image. It’s nothing spectular, but is a common sight on the prairie of a storm coming.

I was back in my motel room when the storm actually hit and it was fierce for a while.

I was driving to another hotel to attend a banquet after the storm had ended. I took the long way around, driving through the countryside west of town.

There were some really nice storm light images to be had. But, alas, I didn’t want to take my camera with me to the banquet and left it in my motel room. It was a painful lesson and this image will always remind me of it.

At the End of My Rainbow

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Another storm has passed through Cleveland. Another wave of thunderstorms is coming, but for now there is a break in the clouds. It is still raining to the east, but the sunlight is creating a double rainbow.  Time to get out the smart phone and snap a couple images before it fades away.

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May 31, 2017 at 6:35 am

Rainbow in the Clouds

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The storm had pretty much moved through, but some clouds remained on the back edge of the front. Enough light rain was falling to create a rainbow in the late day sunlight.

There was actually a double rainbow here, but the second one was pretty faded by the time this image was made.

Who doesn’t like to look at a rainbow? There just might be a pot of gold out there somewhere, maybe in those golden clouds.

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May 23, 2017 at 5:47 am

I Didn’t Follow My Own Rules But Got the Photo Anyway

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I wrote a while back about how when I’m traveling by myself I’ll have my camera bag on the passenger seat and the camera turned on in case I see something I want to photograph.

The photograph above was made on one those trips when I was not following that rule. My camera bag was in the trunk and the camera was turned off.

I had stopped at a convenience store to buy a newspaper to read while I had breakfast at Bob Evans restaurant near Burbank, Ohio, just off Interstate 71.

I was en route to Columbus but didn’t expect to make any photographs until the afternoon. As I came out of the convenience store, I noticed a nice looking sunrise. It was just before 7 a.m.

I could have photographed it from the convenience store, but poles and wire would have cluttered the shot. I got in my car and began driving down a rural road toward the sunrise.

I pulled into the truck entrance at one of those massive truck stop complexes you find along the interstate highway system and raced to get my camera out in time.

The sun was partly obscured by a cloud. When I first spotted the rising sun it was a whole orb. But not now.

Nonetheless, I liked the colors and even the play of the sun with the clouds. You could say I traded the clutter of poles and wires for the clutter of trees, but the latter occur naturally, which gives the image a more authentic look.

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April 28, 2017 at 4:53 am