Tuesday Storm, Part 1.

We had a very impressive storm Tuesday night, and of course rather than staying out of it, I was leaning out the studio window, getting soaked taking photos. Nothing was shot in monochrome, just playing about using different settings while listening to the thunder grumble. Click for full size.

© C. Ford.


  1. rq says

    I’m torn between favourites: I love the diamondshine and contrast of the first (and the background is like black velvet until you realize it’s a deep grey, and you can see the shadows of trees in it), but I like how the black pops out in the last photo against the pale background. And you can still see some crisp whiteness in the droplets themselves.
    The middle three are like a rush of raven wings. *swoosh* Out of view before you can really see it, but not gone.

  2. says

    Thank you. :) I think, out of this set, I favour the last, because it seems so surreal. When I look at it, it looks more like water coming down in front of a photo backdrop. Or something.

  3. says

    Nope, nope, nope.
    It only got worse.
    It went all up to “water is shooting out of the sewers” and “I can’t drive any more because of the hailstorm”.
    Gor soaking wet. Now the sun is shining and i got some nice “after the storm” pics.
    Did I say “nice”? My poor sunflowers are mush.

  4. says

    Oh, I’m sorry about your flowers! There was hail during our storm, too. Glad you didn’t get hit. I did get a smack on the head Tuesday, fortunately it was small hail.

  5. says

    Nice moody pictures, I like the first one most.

    We finally got some storm and rain too, but it rained too fast for too short time. Most of the water has therefore run away and not seeped into the ground. Lousy broken weather, either it is smelteringly hot or it pours like from a bucket.

  6. says

    Yes, the weather is well broken here too. I was grateful for the rain, it did come down at a furious rate, but there was so much, everything got a good soak. We don’t get thick, early snows anymore, so the earth isn’t insulated from penetrating freeze, and there’s no healthy amount of water from later melt. If we don’t get more rain, it’s going to be a bad summer here, again.

  7. Nightjar says

    Wonderful set! My favourite is definitely the last one, I can’t even understand how it was taken but it is so captivating.

    Today was rainy but no storms, just gentle but consistent rain the whole day. Didn’t do any damage and I’m sure all plants were extremely happy. I’m happy too, I won’t have to water the garden for a few days and the rainwater tanks are completely full again!

  8. says

    Thank you, Nightjar! I was leaning out the window, and getting a focus on rain in the dark is a pain, so when water came shooting out of the corner gutter, it allowed me a focus. Roof gutter corners are a great place to capture rain. There’s a heavy enough stream of water to focus, and then you can just play with settings, switching from aperture to shutter speed, flash, no flash, etc.

  9. whirlwitch says

    Storms are predicted for this weekend, here. Just in time for me to attend a camping event (although I’m not actually camping) held in a pine forest. I’m trying to think sun, and also trying to remember if we have any raingear, and if not, what are good clothes for getting soaked in.

  10. says

    Light clothing is best for getting soaked in, with one heavy outer garment. Light clothes dry much faster, and stay away from jeans if you’re going to be wet -- by the time they dry, they’ll chafe your skin off.

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