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Inspiration And Assignments: ARCHIVED IMAGES


Every couple of months I will review my archived images. Sometimes I will just pick a random category and really scrutinize the images. Other times I will review several categories and just look at them to bring back memories of the time and place. I have found it to be an inspiring and rewarding activity.

My latest foray into the depths of one of my hard drives was looking through images in my  Weather folder. Some of those photos brought back memories of a very stormy evening which started out as a beautiful sunny late summer day.

Then Mother Nature decided it was time for a change. It was after all, early evening, and there is no better time for change than early evening. Dark ominous clouds moved in, the winds picked up and it started to rain. Well, really it was more like a monsoon. The weather app on my phone started alerting me that severe weather was on its way. Really severe weather. Mesocylclones were all over the map. These are large air masses associated with tornados. And these air masses were very close. Like a mile away close. It really is best to stay inside in these situations. Besides I was still at work so I had no choice. But in reality I wanted to photograph what was happening outside. So I made the best of the situation and took cover under the front porch of the store where I work. At least the roof offered some protection from the rain. The wind…not so much. I kept a vigilant eye on the radar but none of the rotating clouds formed into actual tornados.

Following the mantra of photographer friend of mine Ed Heaton, “Learning to capture light will make extraordinary images from ordinary subjects” I looked for a light source that would make for an interesting image. I wasn’t able to capture lightning strikes so I had to look elsewhere.

The headlights from a customer’s truck were shining at the perfect angle to highlight the raindrops striking the parking lot. And after the storm passed through the area, the sun highlighted the remaining cloud cover with fantastic light and color.









  1. April 3, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Capturing light is not always an easy task, but you took the time to look for the light and found it. Falls under the category of “Yabba-dabba-doo!”. Great images. Thanks for sharing them.

    • April 3, 2018 at 7:04 pm

      You bet! Sometimes you have to look beyond the obvious to find what works the best..look closely and you will see!

  2. April 3, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Tired of the raindrops falling on my head! Need nice spring weather 🙂

    • April 3, 2018 at 6:59 pm

      It’s coming…might take a while…Mother Nature is just changing things up a bit..

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