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More Power To The Wayback Machine

More Power

Lightning strikes near Casa Grande, AZ during the 2011 Arizona Monsoon Season

A few days ago I shared an image of lightning that I captured back in 2011 but re-edited with more modern post processing software.  This is something that I am going to do with most, if not all, of my older storm chasing images that I have here in my galleries.  Today I am sharing a re-edit of an image I originally titled More Power.

I captured this image near Casa Grande during the 2011 Arizona Monsoon.  This image was captured after a long evening / night of storm chasing.  I don’t remember for sure but if I had to guess this was probably close to midnight.  While this image might not have many elements of a classic landscape shot, I always loved the power lines leading the eye into the shot and to the lightning bolt.  

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The Wayback Machine revisits Tagging Along

Tagging Along

This is a re-edit of an image I captued outside of Phoenix, AZ in 2011 of lightning striking during the 2011 Monsoon Season

In the past I had done a series of blog posts that I called “Wayback Machine” posts. Basically they were blog posts where I would share some sort of content that I had previously shared, perhaps not on my blog, but was something that the world had seen before.  I have decided to bring that series back, but to use it in a slightly different manner.

I was asked to do a presentation to the Olympia Camera Club on severe weather photography and storm chasing.  As I was going through the images that I wanted to share for the presentation I realized that there were a lot of older storm images that I didn’t quite like any longer.  There was nothing really wrong with them, but as I looked at them more and more I realized that if I would have captured that image today it would look entirely different from a post processing standpoint.

The reason for that is simple, the post processing tools that I have at my disposal now simply didn’t when these images were captured, and shared.  This sort of got me going down a “dangerous” patch mentally.  I realized that I needed to not only re-edit some of these older images but I also needed to clean up on weather gallery here on my site.

In the very near future I will share an image, or two, where I will show the original version along side my re-imagining of the same image.  In the meantime, I am sharing this image which is a re-edit of an image that I originally called “Tagging Along” and was captured just outside of Phoenix Arizona during the 2011 monsoon season.

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Reflections of a Blue Heron – A #WayBackMachine post

Reflection of a Heron

Blue Heron and its reflection – Click on image for a gallery version

I have been a fan of the Blue Heron for a long time, I find this bird to be simply fascinating, especially in the majestic way it presents itself and the amazing detail in its feathers.  I made this image of a Blue Heron and its reflection back in 2013 at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge on the same day I made this image I have already shared here on the blog.

You might be wondering why I went back to 2013 and pulled this image out as a #WayBackMachine post and while the answer is quite simple to me, it might be a bit hard to explain.  I used a Sigma 50-500 lens to make this image.  I later sold that lens to fund the purchase of my 13″ MacBook Pro and while I didn’t use that lens a lot, I really did miss having it a few different times.  I have wanted to replace it with something long since the day I sold it but it simply never fit into the budget and there were other things that were higher on the budget priority anyway.

My recent purchase of the Nikon 28-300 has me evaluating my lens lineup again and it become very clear that my Sigma 24-70 2.8 was no longer needed and I put it up for sale.  As of today, I was made an offer that I simply couldn’t refuse, trading that 24-70 for a Sigma 150-500.  I can’t want to get back out and start shooting some herons again. :-)

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Golden Skies and the #WayBackMachine

I am a little ashamed to say that I have been neglecting this blog over the last couple weeks.  Truth be told, I haven’t really had a lot of free time to get out and do any shooting.  Over the last 3 weekends I have made road trips to Idaho to celebrate a wedding with my family.  I know, 2 trips in 3 weeks seems like a lot, but it is even odder when you consider that it was for the same wedding. :-)  In any case, I wanted to do a quick share of this image, Golden Skies, which I shot a few years ago in Arizona but recently came across again when I was cleaning up my Lightroom catalogs.  I hope you enjoy it.

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The #WayBackMachine and a perfect storm

I haven’t shared a #WayBackMachine image in a long time, and for those that don’t know, these are posts that share an image that I have previously shared, but thought would be worth sharing again.  In this case it is an image from back in Aug. 2010 of what I felt was almost a perfect storm while out storm chasing in the Arizona desert.

My wife and I had been out chasing all day, these great thunderstorms kept popping up all over the valley.  They were all very isolated and very fast.  I don’t think any of them ever hit the severe warned state, but I could be wrong about that, but in any case almost all of them were simply gorgeous and it was fascinating to watch them build and then break up so quickly.  This image, captured just a little north of Florence, AZ was one of those storms.  We were heading south when this scene started to develop right before my eyes.  I slammed on the brakes, pulled off the highway and grabbed a camera.  I ended up shooting something like 8 different rainbows that day, but this one is far and away my favorite rainbow I have ever shot.

How can you not love having a rainbow, a downpour rain shaft and blue skies all in the same image?

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