What a great series of pictures… really powerful stuff.
Thanks, John. I’m sure you recognize the Charlotte Pier image. It’s actually how the pier used to look before it was repaired and resurfaced (I think this picture is from 2007). I was looking at my Lightroom catalog a while back and realized that I kind of had an ongoing “project” with respect to thunderstorms. I sorted them by rating first and then pared them down to the 14 you see here. Those that hadn’t already been converted to B + W were converted.
I’ve always loved watching thunderstorms – my wife hates it when I stand outside in them and take pictures. In all these years, though, I’ve never managed to capture lightning. Maybe I should try to find one of those detector things, huh?
Very fine, Paul – amazing light that comes with some of the cloud formations, and very hard to pick a favourite. I hope you make prints!
Thanks, Markus. Yes, the light can be unreal at times. That seems to be especially true in the southwest. There, the storms seem to sit in one place for a fairly long time so it isn’t too difficult to wait for the light you want. I’ve printed some of them, but not all.
Paul, these are beautiful. I had to stop the slideshow to look at them longer. Dare I say, Lenswork-worthy? I’d love to see them printed.
Thanks, Tom. Send them to Brooks Jensen?? I don’t think I could stand the disappointment………..
Seriously, you’re very kind to say that. You made my day.
Real nice work Paul. Powerful stuff. I recently saw some of that type of landscape in Arizona and you’ve certainly done a great job capturing the majesty and grandeur of such landscapes.
Back home from your trip to the States? It wasn’t a bad time to be in Arizona if you like thunderstorms and such. I’ve only been in the southwest during monsoon season once, and that was when we lived in Nevada for a year. I got lucky with these storms.
Only just got back. Didn’t see so much as a rain cloud the whole time we were away. It was hot though. Temperatures hit 109ºF in the Mojave desert and was in the high 90s at the Grand Canyon. Exceptionally dry too and extremely hazy which was a little unfortunate. At the Hoover Dam we were told that capacity was down to 39% due to lack of rainfall. That sounds pretty serious to me though people were still watering their lawns and hosing down pavements. Quite amazing for us Aussies. Anyway, the trip was good and like all good things, it’s too bad it had to end 🙂
Paul, I’ll echo everyone else…love this series. Wonderful work!
Thanks, Earl. I’m really looking forward to seeing images from your recent trip to Spain.
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