I looked at the morning paper today and saw storm and blizzard in the East. I have no idea what it is like. Here in California, one speck of cloud is a storm. Last summer, a group of "foreigners" from New York spend a whole week in Monterey. After the first day, they started to wonder why the sky was so blue ALL THE TIME. So they bet one another, who ever spotted the first speck of cloud would get a free trip(every body would chip in and paid). Guess what? no one won. So here is supposed to be a storm in the famous NP Yosemite. I invite you all to SHOW YOUR STORMS, where ever you live.
Jeff, It is indeed just "light, and nothing else." The branches sure make the difference. They have been there in the last 3 years (since I took up the camera). From this location called Tunnel view to the Yosemite valley, I have taken so many different compositions just like millions visitors. So far this is the best composition.
Ah yes California where if there are 2 cloudy days in a row the suicide rate spikes, where walking thru a rain storm desn't soak thru to the skin, where the weathermen can tape the forecast and take several days off and just rerun the tape... As someone who "lost the decade of the '80's IN(sane)Diego" but has Chicago roots I have experienced the SoCal weather (or lack of it) and the social phenomenom that surrounds it. In San Diego the Ocean Beach area has a bluff along the ocean called sunset cliffs where daily it is deserted until 10minutes before sunset then you can barely find room to sit until the big red ball sinks into to water. Ahh yes the CA life...As I sit in Chi-town with 3" of lake effect snow and freezing temps (oh wait it supposed to hit 33degreesF today) is called "mild" weather it sounds soooo nice.
Jeff, 33 degrees F?! Sounds like a heat wave! But seriously, after moving up to Northern California after living almost 30 years in SoCal, it's refreshing to see the leaves change colors and the colder temps ushering in winter. Now I'm not sure I want to live on the east coast or the midwest...
Before moving to Sac, I thought anything below 60 degrees F was cold.
"The important things in life are simple; the simple things are hard."
Jeff, How do I have the feeling I know Chicago? Oh, Yes, I spend the whole year in Duluth, Minn, where 40 below was nothing. I still remember coming from YMCA, where I went to swim in winter but didn't have the time to dry my hair, I ran accross the street to my car. That short time was enough to freeze my hairs. brrrrrrrr..
Paul, With a healthy imagination, one could see any thing in this cloud image. Yes we Californians some time are longing for clouds, any cloud. I remember wishing like that when I was in Hawaii seeing the wonderful clouds every evening.
A thick storm cloud cover moved over the mall area in Washington, DC and as we were going back to our car, the sun broke out behind us for a few minutes and through some nice illumination on the Jefferson Memorial.
Thank you, Dan. I appreciate that. I live in Ansel Adams' home. Sooner or later I knew I would get bitten by this B&W bug. I have taken untold images of Yosemite in color, none came out right until this B&W. Here is another taken soon after the first.
There's some awesome shots in this thread. This is the best "storm" shot I've got. Taken in October with N80, 28-80G here in Washington (state) 5 miles or so south of Mt. Rainier NP. The clouds had me surrounded
You guys have some impressive storm images. Around here it has been predicted about storm and bad weather, but all forcasts have fizzzled. In the next few days I am supposed to go thru at least three systems of really bad weather. I promise to watch and record any thing that looks like a storm. So far just fog and smog.
As promised, I deliver the first "storm" in California this season. It has been predicted time and again, finally it came last nite with few drops of rain. We get water mostly from the ground, that in turn get it from the mountains. As long as the Sierra/Yosemite get snow, we are OK either we get rain or not. So here from my window today
Dan, There is no need for B&W neg or slide. All my pictures were made with Fuji Provia 100, in colors of course. The last one was taken with my chippo digital cam. What you need is a good composition and PS.