This afternoon, Melody (my wife) and I got to do a bit of storm chasing/spotting. We went north of town to check out some intense storms. One of the places we stopped, there was this tree with the storm behind it. We both got some shots of it. I thought it looked really good in black and white. When I processed it in Lightroom, I cut the contrast on one of the pictures and boosted the contrast in another. I merged the two pictures together, pulled out the tree from the high contrast edit and kept the clouds from the cut contrast edit. The tree made a nice addition to the shooting.
This afternoon, my wife, my “adopted” son, and myself were sitting outside enjoying the exceptional weather we have down here in southern Louisiana. I grabbed my 75-300mm lens and sat in my chair to get shots. One of the firepits we use is full of water. I looked down at it and saw this frog. I missed the first chance to get pictures. I kept watching and it finally popped it’s head up again. I got a few shots before it swam away again. It was a very cool to see it.
This afternoon before heading out to play practice, I got some shots of the mushrooms in the yard. This nice little bunch of mushrooms looked really cool to shoot. I wasn’t sure how I was going to edit it. I played around with the filters and used Oil Paint in the Pixel Bender Gallery. It has been a very long time since I used a filter out of there.
This evening I wanted to get a shot of the Milky Way, which I can see when it gets dark. It’s a really cool sight to see. I got a shot of it last night because the sky was clear and I wanted a shot. When it finally got dark, I set up my camera and went outside. The clouds I thought was going to go away when the sun went down didn’t. I went on ahead and got a few shots and this is the best one. I did catch something flying but I’m not sure what it is. It took me a bit to edit the shot because it had a bunch of noise from shooting at a very high ISO (ISO 6400 to be exact). You can still see some of the stars from the Milky Way which is cool. When I get another clear night, I’ll post a clear one even if I have posted my picture of the day.
This afternoon while supper was cooking, I went out to see what I could see for my picture of the day. I saw butterfly land on our wild weed garden in our front yard. I was able to get pretty close to get a decent shot of it. Pretty cool!!
I got to do some storm chasing today. Actually, the storms were chasing me. I did everything to stay in front of the storm coming in so I could get some shots. This is one of the best storm front shots I’ve gotten. The wind was blowing debris around. I was certain there was going to be some sort of funnel cloud but alas nothing was seen. I’m going to post more pictures from this storm tomorrow sometime.
This afternoon, the storms were popping south of where I live. I went and did some investigating to see what they were doing. I got a quite a few shots but nothing spectacular where I was. I couldn’t go any further south because of potential hail in the storm cells. As I was heading home, I noticed the clouds to my west. This is one of them. The sunrays and rain wall looked pretty impressive.
Here are more shots from the storm chase last night. One of my favorite ones from the chase is the third shot. It’s what I believe is an epic shot of the sky.
I got this shot about two hours after sunrise. The clouds were pretty amazing so I got a couple of shots. Today was a short day of shooting for me. I only got two shots with my camera. This one and another one of the clouds. Tomorrow will hopefully be better since there is a nice chance of storms in the afternoon.
This afternoon late, I went for a drive to find my picture of the day. The last time I went out storm chasing, I saw a building that looked like an abandoned building. At night, it looked pretty impressive. It wasn’t impressive during the day. On the way, I saw this tree and got a few shots of it. I processed it in Photomatix, Lightroom and Photoshop.