"The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper." Bertrand Russell
A phone call from my wife telling me of large white clouds in the east was enough to have me running to the truck, already loaded with my camera gear. As I approached the intersection of a major road the obvious turn was to the east, but what then? My mind was racing as I saw those large cumulus clouds forming, growing, moving....or so I thought....trying to think of a place, a barn, a pond, something, anything that would act as a background focus point along with the cloud formations.
When I finally found what I was looking for, the typical Iowa farm scene that is becoming more rare as years pass, I set up my tripod on the tailgate to get a little higher point to shoot from and began watch, waiting and shooting. I have to say that this was the first storm system that I've ever seen that sat in the same spot the entire 3 - 4 hours that I sat in the same spot. Yes, I know I have written about shooting all the angles, but this was the angle and I stuck with it to the end. Patience sometimes has to override logic...or something like that!
The storm grew in height, then shrunk, then grew again. Off to my right was another cluster of 3 cloud pillars growing and moving toward the storm system I was looking toward. Yes, I did turn the camera on occasion to capture the growth and change and light that was occurring there as well, but still kept my eye on the "target". While doing another round of panorama images I happened to look up to see the rising moon. Holy cheeseballs, Robin, the trifecta has arrived...or even more than that. After putting together several panoramic groups in the camera bank the moon slipped behind the clouds and I was reminded that I had forgotten the fact that I was aware that the full moon was due the next night, which made this night the best night, light wise, to photograph the moon.
As the sun slipped away the sky reflected the western colors onto the cloud mass and then, slowly, darkness set in, shutter speeds were changed, then apertures, then ISO's, etc. And then the lightening started. Well, I thought, I can't go home now, I haven't shot lightening since the film days and I wasn't that good at it then. Time to go to school, I giggled to myself, and began a series of long exposures which became longer as the light waned.
What started as a night of adventure turned out to be another night of wonder. Of random happenings coming together and I was the audience of one. Random acts...what would life be without them?
or more views of my work visit;
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org
Summer Wind Gallery, Arnolds Park, Iowa http://www.summerwindgallery.com