Storm Over New Brighton

Recently we’ve been getting some pretty dramatic looking clouds and storms over Calgary, but because I have to get up ridiculously early for work I haven’t been staying up late enough to catch these storms during sunset. Inspired by Mike Olbinski, who has some amazing storm photos, I decided it was worth the loss of sleep and ventured out last Thursday night to get me some brackets!

I live in a relatively new suburb so there is still plenty of open space and construction going on and I knew just where I could find a good vantage point to see this storm…it was just luck that there was some tall wavy grass growing on the hill that happened to make for a perfect foreground. I thought about masking in one of the originals to keep the grass looking a bit more stationary, but I kinda like the flowing feel that the windswept grass gives. Hope you enjoy!

Canon EOS 50D, Sigman 10-20mm f/3.5, 10mm, F 16, ISO 100, 3 Exposures

The details: 3 exposure HDR tonemapped in Photomatix, Lightroom for catalogue, color, contrast, Noiseware for noise control.

Mike Olbinski - July 27, 2010 - 9:49 am

WOW, fantastic motion in the bushes! So great! Definitely love the motion, totally adds to the photos. Awesome storm in the background, looks like a little sun setting behind it. Well done sir!

Appreciate the link!

jina - July 27, 2010 - 9:52 am

As the infamous Mike Olbinski’s wife, I am just glad someone else is inspired by him too. Your photo is beautiful!

yycofee - July 27, 2010 - 9:52 am

Thanks for the comment, Mike…really glad you like it!

yycofee - July 27, 2010 - 9:56 am

Great to hear from you and thanks for the compliment! Your husbands work is definitely inspiring, I always look forward to seeing his work.

mark blundell - July 27, 2010 - 10:02 am

Agree with Mike’s comment – the motion in the foreground certainly gives this image an extra dimension. Its a really great shot.

Tanya - July 27, 2010 - 10:22 am

Another great one HOF! The grass is something from a dreamscape. You can almsot feeel an energy from the clouds. Nice work.

yycofee - July 27, 2010 - 10:28 am

Thanks Mark! I really appreciate the feedback!

yycofee - July 27, 2010 - 10:28 am

As always, thanks Tanya!

Brei - July 27, 2010 - 12:37 pm

This might be my new favorite;)

joeandrews - July 27, 2010 - 1:38 pm

incredible image, very nice work!!

yycofee - July 27, 2010 - 1:39 pm

Thanks Sweetie!

yycofee - July 27, 2010 - 1:39 pm

Thanks, Joe…glad you like it!