Thunderstorm HDR

This was the year that I was going to jump in the car at the hint of severe weather and find a vantage point to photograph the drama of an approaching storm.  It hasn’t happened this year at all – until this afternoon.  This storm was losing it’s punch as it was approaching my outpost on the Milwaukee County grounds.  While it wasn’t a whopper of a storm, it did hit at the right time time of day to give the arcus cloud formation leading the thunderstorm just the right kiss of afternoon light.

The new twist for me was to attempt HDR (high dynamic range) imaging of the event.  I wasn’t sure how Photomatix would deal with the moving grass and clouds.  The blur on the right is a sheet of rain.

I think I like it.

Swamp Things

I can’t say this it’s universally true for all swamps/marshes, but I have found that springtime at the Horicon Marsh is especially welcoming and photogenic.  Not only are bug levels low, but the vegetation is cropped closer than in mid-summer and the new-growth reeds create interesting lines and patterns.

The patterns and reflections from these silhouettes look like a cross between some sound oscillation scope and Asian character sets.  More open water reflects evening colors for more drama.

When Less is More

Photography is simply the capturing of light….right?.  Sometimes what makes a photograph appealing to me is not the light captured but the mood or suggestion created by the selective use of darkness.

Strong contrast or embellished dark space can create interesting patterns or strong focus on light areas.

Snoqualmie Falls

Seattle has so much going for it.  The city offers most everything you’d like including great food, an interesting cultural diversity and a downtown area  I find attractive in many of the same ways as San Francisco.  On top of all that, you can drive 40 minutes east of downtown Seattle and you’re in the mountains and temperate rainforests.  Here are two pictures of Snoqualmie Falls, a short drive from Seattle.  The falls is outside of Snoqualmie, a town that seems too cute to be able to afford.  If the falls look familiar, you may remember them from the intro to David Lynch’s  Twin Peaks television series in the early 1990’s.