Entries in sky (26)
While out teaching a 1-on-1 DSLR Photography Lesson in downtown St. Petersburg on June 25, 2013 my photography student and I were treated (?) to a spectacular view of a powerful storm that produced a waterspout, funnel clouds and ground shaking lightning. While keeping a safe distance, I was able to quickly setup to try and capture some lightning shots. This means setting the shutter speed to bulb mode and covering the front of the lens until lightning is visible and keeping the lens exposed just long enough so the overall shot looks good. I only had three chances and was lucky enough to get the above lightning photograph on that third try.
This waterspout attracted a lot of onlookers. In grew in size greatly and I could not get my camera around the tree in the foreground to show its full length. It was eerily translucent and silent dipping up and down from the clouds above.
This is the approach to the storm before we saw any lightning, waterspouts or funnel clouds. I had never seen such a long, thin band of angry looking clouds stretch all the was from Tampa Bay to south St. Petersburg. The sun was going down adding a bit of pretty color to the underside of what really was a menacing stormy sky.
Turning and looking to my right from the same spot as the previous photo shows just how long that band of clouds stretched too. Right above the sailboats two funnel clouds would eventually form right in front of us! They never touched the ground and all we ended up was a little wet once the rain came, but the storm added a lot of excitement to our photography lesson!
I rushed home from a networking event to pick up Kiki and get our usual evening dog park time in before an imposing storm on the horizon passed by. Basically, as soon as we got to the dog park a deluge opened up. After even a huge live oak could not provide adequate shelter, we headed back home. Naturally, as soon as we parked the rain stopped and the sun was out.
So back on went Kiki's collar and leash as we headed out for a walk. That is when I saw this rainbow appear vividly over Smack's Bayou. Still we walked on and I let Kiki run around in a soccer field (see lower right corner of the above image for where we were earlier). I just hoped the rainbow would stay visible by the time we got back.
It did. So I mounted my Nikon onto my tripod quickly and was able to make the above photos. I could see a double rainbow with my eye, but getting it to come out in a photograph was not possible due to a number of factors. Still, I was glad that even though our usual plans got washed out, at least I was able to add another rainbow photo to my archives.
I have written before about how photographing clouds is always good. To end this week I wanted to share this cloud gateway image to fuel your imagination for what may lay beyond the clouds. This is how I often think myself. No matter how stormy the surroundings may be, there remains at least a small portion that is bright and hopeful. As long as that small part still exists, so does hope, and therefore so does life.
- Inquire about fine art prints and commercial license usage for these St. Petersburg skyline photographs
Each time I go out to the top of The Pier to make waterfront skyline images like this of downtown St. Petersburg Florida, I think it may be my last since The Pier is scheduled to close in May 2013. As you can see, its closing will be a great loss for photographers and anyone who enjoys a great vantage point for looking at the sunset over a cityscape.
The Pier is five stories tall with an open roof allowing for the making of clean shots (i.e. not shooting through window glass). It is often a quiet spot, especially on a weeknight, providing an opportunity to watch the sunset in peace as twilight then night takes over.
- Inquire about fine art prints and commercial license usage for this St. Petersburg skyline photograph
This was an image I made quickly while taking Kiki for an extended walk around the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront on a recent Saturday evening. I was traveling light, just my Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens on my Nikon D300, but even with that lens on was still looking for a possible landscape shot. With Kiki always in constant motion and having no tripod, I knew my best bet of getting a usable shot was to go for a silhouette of the skyline, which is done by using a fast shutter speed I could easily handhold, even with Kiki always trying to sniff something just out of reach. The fast shutter speed exposed the bright sky well, but put the foreground buildings and boat into silhouette.