Photographing the Ethereal

    A couple of years ago as a thunderstorm rolled into my area I decided to go take photos of its approach. Up until that day I had always enjoyed the rumble of thunder, and the flash of lightning but never gone beyond that simple enjoyment of it. But on this day, simply by chance I got to see a just how much energy here is in a storm and also to see them for the incredible amount of drama their skies can produce. It was that first storm that not only introduced me to shooting storms, but also to have an appreciation for the wonderful intricacy that the “lowly” cloud can have. From the ethereal high altitude Cirrocumulus, to the low hanging shelf clouds often found with fast moving storms, there are a multitude of shapes and forms to them all.               
         The following post will showcase some of my favorite images, each of which will have a little description of what each one depicts, and camera settings used to shoot it. If there is any interest in how I go about my post processing, or what drives me to shoot one storm or cloud structure over another please feel free to ask below in the comments. I will answer there rather than make this an insanely long post.

When rains fall and never make it to the ground this is what it looks like. Only I happened to see it in the early morning hours as the sun was rising and creating the stunning pink scene.

When rains fall and never make it to the ground this is what it looks like. Only I happened to see it in the early morning hours as the sun was rising and creating the stunning pink scene.


We all have spent time during our lives imagining things in the randomness of clouds. Sheep, elephants, maybe a dragon....But what happens when you see something so well formed that no imagination is necessary to witness it?

We all have spent time during our lives imagining things in the randomness of clouds. Sheep, elephants, maybe a dragon....But what happens when you see something so well formed that no imagination is necessary to witness it?


When the timing is right....The sun low enough on the horizon, rain falling while exposed to the sun's light....And we get a rainbow. There are few natural acts as flashy as this one.

When the timing is right....The sun low enough on the horizon, rain falling while exposed to the sun's light....And we get a rainbow. There are few natural acts as flashy as this one.

And finally, some clouds are just awe inspiring.....  

And finally, some clouds are just awe inspiring.....
 

I'd like to end this little post with a bit of advice. I know as photographers we sometimes get into ruts, periods where there is little to motivate us, inspire us, or to get us out trying new things. If you stop for a minute and just "look up" you may find a source of inspiration floating above you, one that your inner child may recognize.

Take care.