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Sometimes you never know what you will come across when you aren’t really looking for it. Last week we had stormy weather in the area so I decided to throw my camera in the truck as I left for work. Little did I know I would come across this massive desert storm.
I thought I might catch some decent cloud structure on the way in but the storms were fading so my chances looked slim. Once I made my way to the 101 highway I could see this system off in the distance. I summoned my old Frogger skills as I began weaving through traffic. It just so happened my work exit would provide a great view of this system rolling in. My only problem would be if I could get off the highway fast enough before it died.
Once I made the exit I set up for the shot and fired away. These types of cells are just incredible to watch. The amount of rain they can drop is insane. The whole time I was shooting this I couldn’t help but think how cool would it be to have a bride standing in the foreground. “A storm chasing bridal shot” would have been pretty epic. Of course timing a wedding with a storm like this would call for the stars to be perfectly aligned. Nonetheless one can hope.
Until next time.
Camera: Canon 40D with a Canon 17-40L
Processing: Lightroom 4.1, CS5, Phototools 2.6