Chasing a storm the easy way


A favorable storm for photographers is illuminated by a low-on-the-horizon sun. This one was close to perfect.


Click the picture to see more storm pix

On July 21, 2009 early in the evening, a building mid-summer thunderstorm presented itself to me as Nikon fodder. I was at Lake Dick, Arkansas (east of Altheimer, Arkansas) grabbing a few shots of my favorite water tower. As the storm began to build, I rejoiced. The storm was in the east, the setting sun in the west, a photographer’s candy store. Speaking of which, you can see four more pictures of this storm on the Photo of the Week page at Corndancer dot-com.



The storm takes on a different look as the cloud cover changes – and you keep on the move. It would darken again quickly from this lighter mode.


The uncivilized beast crawls over civilization. Since the storm had the courtesy of making its appearance in late July, the moisture it delivered was welcome. Some would have preferred the moisture without the dramatic effects. I was not one of those.

This is the easy way of chasing a storm, staying well away and grabbing the drama while maintaining a state of dryness and eschewing bodily and property harm. I’m looking forward to the next one.

Thanks for looking,

Joe Dempsey,
Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind




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