Living at the water’s edge offers us a large view and ‘front row seat’ to the weather systems in our area. We face east south east and systems typically move from west to east. Often we can see what’s coming from our front window. With all the technology in our palm (mobile phone), we have incredible weather stations at our fingertips to get specific details!
This afternoon we had been out and about when we noticed the dark clouds on the western horizon. The radar confirmed something menacing was headed our way.
We hurried home to shut the windows and set up to watch the ‘show’.
Thankfully, the worst of the wind and rain passed just south of us. Spectacular nonetheless!
The image above is a composite of about 5 captured in portrait orientation then merged in Photoshop. I posted a video of the sky on my Facebook page as well. Check it out and like/follow my page while you’re there. Thanks!
Thirsty lupin foliage collects tiny droplets in tidy rows guiding moisture down into the center.
This image was my first attempt at ‘stacking’ shots. With a long lense, it is not possible to get the whole image in focus. I took several shots adjusting the focus each time. The images are stacked in Photoshop and parts of each are masked to reveal the clearest part. A greater amount of the overall image is then in focus.
It is essential to use a tripod. The slightest movement becomes evident in post processing. I tried to reduce movement by shooting with the 2 second self-timer. There was still some movement between shots as the shoot took place in the ditch along side the highway and passing vehicles created an unavoidable draft .
Two of the 4 shots used were overexposed and needed to be adjusted to match the other two. I will have to look into where the exposure lock is on my camera and how to use it!
Sad to say but November tends to be a dreary month around our parts. All the beautiful fall colours have been blown away by October winds. Crisp frost and delicate snow have yet to return with bright freshness. In the meantime we watch the shades of grey dance on the water, in the sky and on the far shore.
One of my favourite aspects of living lake-side is watching the rain move across the lake. Whether a light shower or raging storm, the sight, sound and smell is amazing. This past week we experienced several days of sudden and brief thunderstorms. I was able to capture the dramatic change in the colours of sky, shore and water before heading for cover!
I decided to lay the calendars on two images taken in the sequence but could not decide which I liked better. So, I’ve set them both up so you can choose. Different screen resolutions can be found here.
The rumble of thunder at dusk drew me away from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals. I grabbed my camera and tripod and set up with a finger on the shutter button to try to catch a lightning strike before the pending rain.
The mosquitos were abundant and hungry in the calm air. Thankfully, I was reasonably well covered and held out for a few more shots before the wind and rain. Here are two more: