Special Sunset

I posted this to facebook and Flickr first.  My apologies.

Here’s a HDR panorama that I took last night.  The clouds were spectacular and I went on a small walkabout as the sun was setting.  When I got out of the housing and away from the trees, I could see the full glory of what I could only glimpse a part.  Six frames (three shots each) processed and then stitched.  This is a 1/3 scale of the final image:

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Clear Sky Storms

The clear blue sky was interrupted by spectacular formations that were both large and high.

Then sunset began.  Here is a large and threatening formation that thankfully remained south of our home.  The bubbles in the upper left might be indications of hail.


April Storm and a Curious Robin

Thrilling storms rolled across Kansas yesterday.  I’m sad to know that those storms built in intensity and eventually brought death and destruction further East.

Nevertheless, when the worst had passed (in Kansas), the sunset broke through.  I check to see if there was in fact a rainbow, and when I saw the full-sky rainbow, I grabbed my D300 and put the circular polarizing filter on it.  This is the first time I’ve shot a rainbow with the filter.  You might agree that this technique works well for rainbows!

A little later, I mounted the 300mm (450mm effective) and perched on my front porch.  In a little while, this robin perched on our tree about ten feet from my lens.  On about the 10th photo, he heard the shutter, and kept looking at me like he was trying to figure out exactly what I was.



Kansas Weather at its Best

Friday night lights!

A warm, dense mass of air came up from the Gulf of Mexico. A formidable winter storm (named Atlas) was moving eastward.

The two natural forces collided over Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri. The result: several tornadoes, hail, as well as massive amounts of rain and snow.

We received a spectacular lightning storm–and enough rain to cause small streams and small rivers in residential areas. Thankfully, the severe weather missed us.

Here are a few shots that I captured last night. Enjoy, and thank you again for following!



Above:  Most of the lightning was above the cloud ceiling–this strike made it below the clouds.


Above:  Lightning illuminates the angry sky.  Those clouds look very stretchy–like cotton candy!



Above:  More lightning-lit clouds.


Above:  It starts above, weaves through the clouds, and then peaks out below.


Above:  It was pitch black.  The wind-driven rain began pelting me and my camera.  Then lightning struck.

Around the Area Today

Some photos from a walkabout today, and one photo of Thursday’s storm in the VA area.

Not much to say, otherwise.  Not much I can say.  Not much I should say.

Early Spring Virginia Storm

Late Friday afternoon, Central Virginia saw some pretty special weather.  We had a rolling tornado watch–ending first at 5pm, then 6:30pm, then 8pm, and then 9pm (if I remember correctly).  Before the bad weather approached, I went out with my camera to capture some of the mean-looking clouds.  They looked very angry, indeed.  I saw a swirl of fast-moving white clouds that hung down beneath the cloud ceiling, and though I was about to see a tornado form–but nothing materialized.  Soon, though, I heard it.  And then the Texas-sized raindrops began falling.  I ran for cover and caught the rest of the storm from indoors.

We had three fantastic waves roll though.  Each produced its own cloud wall, and its own direction of rainfall.  It was an exciting evening–I hope these photos show how exciting it was.



Above:  The rain was so hard that it obscured the large pine tree only about 50 yards away.


Above:  A cloud wall from the second wave moving away (East).


Above:  A cloud wall from the third wave approaching.


Above:  Stretchy clouds.

1,361,610,000,000,000 pixels–in one shot!


Taken back in June 2012.  This storm was over Connecticut, but was visible just West of the Hudson River in New York.  It was a true behemoth!  I couldn’t capture the entire image in my 35mm lens, so I grabbed a grid of HDR images of the storm system.

A fun fact to start the explanation of the title:  The D300 has a 12.3 megapixel sensor, so nine frames of 12.3 MP actually turns out to be 37.9 MP by 37.9 MP in size.

OR  *drumroll*

1,361,610,000,000,000 pixels–that’s 1.36 quadrillion pixels!
Now the photo.  I recommend clicking on it.


Painted Storm