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.
This afternoon, I went scouting out an area to do a family session in a couple of weeks. This is at our public park in town, which houses a bunch of ducks. The ducks paid my wife and daughter a visit hoping to get some food. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any. Next time, we are planning on bringing some bread for them. I used one of the free actions I have in Photoshop to get this effect.
This afternoon, I went out to check out the weather. The radar looked a bit impressive when I headed out. As I got out there, the storms had dissipated a bit. I caught this panorama north of Crowley, Louisiana. The forecast is favorable for better chasing tomorrow and Saturday.
This evening, we went out to get sunset shots at this field of sunflowers. The clouds weren’t as epic as last night but it was still pretty neat. With this edit, I did the initial processing in HDR because I bracketed the shot. When I did the edit in Lightroom, I pulled all the color out except for the sunflowers. I bumped up the saturation and luminance of the sunflowers to give it some pop. I added a couple of textures in Photoshop to finish it up.