Photograph info: Sixteen chronologically ordered photographs from a fast-moving thunderstorm on Monday evening between 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
We had a perfect summer day, blue skies and temps in the 70F range so I was surprised by the sound of thunder while working at my desk that evening. I went outside to investigate and saw very unusual clouds and colors, so I grabbed my camera and ran to a huge field at the end of the road to watch the storm go by. I had only the 85mm f/1.2L lens with me.
When I got to the field the sun popped out from its low angle in the sky, illuminating the dark clouds to the southeast and turning the trees and cornfields in front of me a deep gold. Thirty seconds later it started to rain and I was standing in front of an enormous full rainbow, end to end over Durham Township. It was impossible to photograph the whole rainbow (and the eventual double rainbow) without a super wide angle lens, so I focused on capturing a variety of smaller views.
Normally I'm not so indulgent with weather shots but it was challenging selecting just 16 images from the 200+ that I took in that short time. In ten years of photographing this area I've never seen a weather event so extraordinary!
My favorite shot isn't of the rainbow but the strangely shaped and colored clouds surrounding the quarter moon. There's a "humongous" version of that one and I'm making it available as a print, too.
Camera settings and post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and the Canon 85mm f/1.2L lens at various f/stops and shutter speeds, ISO 100-200. Little to no post-processing. (And as always, no cropping.)
Thank you for visiting Durham Township!
woh amazing... i love the rainbows... did you shot.. all with 85???
This set is fantastic! It's amazing to know that they were all shot on the same day with the large amount of variation in the colors and textures. Great work as always in capturing your amazing area.
shutterimagery: Thanks, yes, all shot with the 85. :)
Aaronth: Thank you, they were all shot within 45 minutes.
These are all very beautiful! Looks like Summer is having second thoughts!
Must... not... make... "double rainbow" comment...
(Great set, though!):)
You were very generous today. These are great photos of storms. And the rainbow shots are some of the best rainbow photos ever.
Amazing weather event and amazing photographer! I'm glad you were there to capture this and thanks for sharing.
16 compelling reasons to join a religion, or just build one to suit. I'd love to browse the entire 200 religious documents! SW Idaho frequently plays host to "skies gone wild," with a 2" slit of pale blue on the western horizon where the setting sun ignites the heavens for the last show of the day, (Revelations Updates.) I will sometimes grab the camera and head for a nearby hilltop or field and snap 150-250+ experiments in composition. I don't seem to tire of the exercise, I hope you don't either:) OK Jon, put on some Bach or Beethoven, and pen up.
I love the textures and tonal values. Beautiful job capturing an amazing experience!! Beautiful images!!
Beautiful landscape photos!
This is how I think KC's evening went....
Was that a rumble of thunder I heard while at my desk working?
I went outside to investigate and found that a late summer storm was perking.
So I grabbed my camera, my favorite tool to wield
And watched the storm develop, as I raced to the field.
Dark clouds are in the east, the sun is low and bright in the west.
The light is playing tricks. Now which exposure might be best?
How can I capture the rainbow, I can't frame both the ends?!
Why did I leave the house with only one lens?
But I'm up to a challenge, I'll work with what I got.
Hope the memory card is empty, so I can shoot quite a lot.
So many I have to choose from, it is so hard to select.
Just sixteen make the cut, they are "The Photo Elect".
Now post them to the Blog, so my followers an see
What was this evening's view in Durham, Bucks County.
Which is my favorite shot? I'll give them a hint.
I'll even sell it to them, make it available as a print.
Beautiful shots. Love the pink colours in the clouds.
Kathleen, great shots! Most rainbows only last for a few moments. This one lasted 40 plus minutes. I watched it with my daughter until the sun set and slowly the rainbow faded away. Thanks for sharing, now I get to see it again.
good study in clouds and rainbow, i really like those occasions.
JPH: A masterpiece of a poem! WOW!
WOW! I can't believe there was no PP on these - amazing! They're all amazingly beautiful. The rich colors are stunning. Isn't God's creation fantastic?
Love the clouds and the treatments
Well these captures are indeed SO fabulous and beautiful. I have been watching them again and again for some time now - thank you for posting these cloudscapes!
Breathtaking!! I'm speechless. WOW!
Wonderful set! No doubt a very beautiful evening made for photography. The cloudscapes are really nice! When I looked through the set I missed more landscape shots, such an evening must have been perfect for that kind of photos, but reading your comment and finding what equipment you brought I can see why there were no wide angle shots.
Great shots with the 85mm. Clouds always yield something different every time. The landscape in 'Storm Clouds and Late Day Sun' has a wonderful burnt orange. I hope this was an non PP pic.
Great set! Loved the one with the autumn trees and the rainbow.
This is a great collection of clouds and rainbows. I can't pick just one as a favorite. I do like the moon but I think I favor one or two of the dramatic clouds moving through.
yyzwatt: The post-work (on any shots that had post-work) took less than 30 seconds each - basically opening the file and applying a slight S curve for contrast accuracy. The image you mentioned had no post-work at all. Thanks!
Oh, I just love this set! I miss living in PA and enjoying clouds like these! I love that so many of these images are just "bits and pieces" of the scene, as opposed to the more obvious wide shots. They mean something different this way, and they're just MAGICAL!!! Thanks for sharing!
WOW! I was SOOO sure that these were photoshopped until till I explored further. THANK YOU! And thanks for the camera info. I'm looking to upgrade but I've broken and/or drowned too many cameras. Can't afford to make a mistake.
Beautiful series! great shots.