Mini-Challenge #190: Dramatic Summer Weather

jmphotocraftjmphotocraft GWC for hirePortland.ME.USAPosts: 2,977Registered Users Major grins
edited August 5, 2014 in The Dgrin Challenges
Let's keep with the summer theme and see some dramatic summer weather! Let's see thunderheads, rainbows, lightning, tornadoes (!), big sunsets/sunrises, ominous skies, whatever! Try to make it at least some kind of weather that you don't usually see outside of summertime, or that you associate with summertime.

Challenge runs until the end of the month - Thursday July 31st at 11:59:59PM EDT.

Here's some meager examples, and they're not even as dramatic as what I'm hoping to see, just what I can put my finger on at the moment. Good luck!

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  • ShootingStarShootingStar Major grins le HavrePosts: 145Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 13, 2014
    Congrats on the win Jack!
    I missed the deadline on the last one so I am entering this one early.

    1. Red sunset (taken tonight)
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    2. Namibian wild sunset
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    Still thinking about the last one… I have never photographed storms or thunderstorms and the weather is pretty calm right now. I have never seen a tornado and my rainbow pictures are pretty lame… Maybe a storm will happen before the closure of this mini :-)

    Update 30 July - 3rd entry
    3. Huge rainbow!
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    Claire
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  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 13, 2014
    To me, summer weather means HOT sun, and STORMS - like hurricanes or violent rainstorms. Things that are a bit hard for me to photograph
    I decided that dramatic sunsets were too easy so I don't have any of them or any of the puffy cumulus clouds.

    So these aren't the best photos maybe but they are the best I can do to show summer weather.

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    Rainbow after a storm taken in 2004 on the Patuxent River

    This is the best hurricane photo I have - after Hurricane Irene in 2011 -
    this was a house down the street from us with the driveway blocked by a utility pole (we had no electricity for a week)
    and part of an old tree "de-branched"

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    All my photos from Isabel are point and shoot film camera photos so they all have a time stamp and while they are good for that type of photo, they aren't equal to photos of a proper photographer.


    And I took this last week. We were pinned down in a BBQ restaurant until this violent thunderstorm passed
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    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am San Jose, CAPosts: 7,712Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 16, 2014
    Here in Cali, we don't associate summer with "ominous weather".
    In fact, we don't really get "ominous weather" but certainly not in summer!

    We do get sunsets and sunrises.

    Cheers!
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 16, 2014
    I can only illustrate MY summer weather. I can do dramatic sunsets and sunrises at any time of year. Actually the best of the sunsets I have were done in the winter in the tropics or sub-tropics

    When we lived in California, where we lived summer was foggy. Until we went into the central valley where it was HOT.
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • jmphotocraftjmphotocraft GWC for hire Portland.ME.USAPosts: 2,977Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 16, 2014
    Stumblebum wrote: »
    Here in Cali, we don't associate summer with "ominous weather".
    In fact, we don't really get "ominous weather" but certainly not in summer!

    We do get sunsets and sunrises.

    Cheers!

    "Ominous" weather is just one possibility. The word in the title of the challenge is "Dramatic", not ominous.
    grandmaR wrote: »
    I can only illustrate MY summer weather. I can do dramatic sunsets and sunrises at any time of year. Actually the best of the sunsets I have were done in the winter in the tropics or sub-tropics

    Tropics? That's still summer.
    -Jack

    An "accurate" reproduction of a scene and a good photograph are often two different things.
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 17, 2014
    I thought when you said 'summer' that mean northern hemisphere June, July, August and maybe September. Or for the southern hemisphere it would be November, December, January Feb. I personally would think I would be cheating if I used a photo from Florida in February. I do tend to be very literal.

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    because it would be dramatic, but NOT summer.

    If you are in the tropics, you don't really have summer or winter - just wet and dry. And a photo taken in Guatemala in March would also not be appropriate.

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    I didn't mean that other people shouldn't consider sunset photos, but I decided to eliminate those type of photos from the ones that I considered in order to cut down on the possibilities. I would really have liked to have a photo that showed hot sun and people sweating, but I don't have any photos like that, or at least I do have some beach photos but they are all point and shoot film photos.
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • jmphotocraftjmphotocraft GWC for hire Portland.ME.USAPosts: 2,977Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 17, 2014
    I think any image that makes one think of summer is fair, regardless of when or where it was taken. I think any of the above images would be fair game, and I'd really like to see them bigger!
    -Jack

    An "accurate" reproduction of a scene and a good photograph are often two different things.
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 17, 2014
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • DeborahLDeborahL Big grins Posts: 40Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 23, 2014
    Mammatus Clouds
    These clouds occur after severe weather.

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  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 23, 2014
    Oh I like that one. The clouds look like melons (and other melon like protuberances) :)
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • DeborahLDeborahL Big grins Posts: 40Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 23, 2014
    grandmaR wrote: »
    Oh I like that one. The clouds look like melons (and other melon like protuberances) :)

    Yes, hence the name "mammatus clouds". That is really what they are called. :-)
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 23, 2014
    Oh duh. Did not make the connection.
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • DeborahLDeborahL Big grins Posts: 40Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 23, 2014
    grandmaR wrote: »
    Oh duh. Did not make the connection.

    I can we will be GREAT friends! Thank you for liking the picture!
  • jmphotocraftjmphotocraft GWC for hire Portland.ME.USAPosts: 2,977Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 31, 2014
    Ends tonight!
    Let's see some more pics!
    -Jack

    An "accurate" reproduction of a scene and a good photograph are often two different things.
  • RobLoudRobLoud Big grins Posts: 45Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 31, 2014
    Ominous Sky
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    Farmhouse by robinloud, on Flickr
  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 2,168Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 31, 2014
    Here are some more from California. (I've enjoyed the conversation in this thread as well!)

    Thanks to DeborahL for letting us know the name of the "baby butt" clouds below. These showed up after a large storm rolled through Mariposa - in the Yosemite area. Not the best shot, but I was so excited to see these clouds I think I was jumping up and down!

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    Another shot from Mariposa

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    Foresthill, Ca. Interesting rays through the clouds.

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  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 31, 2014
    OK not great ... just answering the call for more pics ...


    1) Stormy Lake District (UK)

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    2) Rainbow Island (Yes it's real!)

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    3) Rainbow 2

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    Good luck everyone
    Alan.
  • EaracheEarache Unsharp and Oversaturated SO CALPosts: 3,533Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 31, 2014
    One Summer Day
    Ominous Skies
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    Downpour
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    After the Storm
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    Eric ~ Smugmug
  • jmphotocraftjmphotocraft GWC for hire Portland.ME.USAPosts: 2,977Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 1, 2014
    Challenge is now closed, this is going to be tough! I'll post results this evening.
    -Jack

    An "accurate" reproduction of a scene and a good photograph are often two different things.
  • jmphotocraftjmphotocraft GWC for hire Portland.ME.USAPosts: 2,977Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 2, 2014
    OK, sorry for the delay. Many strong candidates here, hard to pick a winner or even 3! Thanks everyone for entering. Glad we got some more action approaching the deadline.

    Here we go...

    Honorable mention to DeborahL for enlightening us with this cool shot of Mammatus Clouds!
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    Third place: Namibian Wild Sunset by ShootingStar
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    Love the backlighting on the clouds and the crown of shadows. Also the glow behind the silhouetted hillside.

    Second place: Ominous Skies by Earache
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    Great capture of an approaching storm, the clouds look fluid, rolling, and threatening.

    First place: Rainbow by Alans Grin
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    Love the intensity of the rainbow, the sliver of golden field, and the wall of ominous clouds that make the rainbow and field pop. Definitely makes me think of summer.

    Congrats Alan! You're up!
    -Jack

    An "accurate" reproduction of a scene and a good photograph are often two different things.
  • EaracheEarache Unsharp and Oversaturated SO CALPosts: 3,533Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 2, 2014
    Congrats Alan! Your rainbow pics are fantastic - the double rainbow over the island is Lucky Charmed!
    Thanks Jack, there were some very beautiful shots submitted.
    Eric ~ Smugmug
  • DeborahLDeborahL Big grins Posts: 40Registered Users Big grins
    edited August 2, 2014
    OK, sorry for the delay. Many strong candidates here, hard to pick a winner or even 3! Thanks everyone for entering. Glad we got some more action approaching the deadline.

    Here we go...

    Honorable mention to DeborahL for enlightening us with this cool shot of Mammatus Clouds!
    Clouds-XL.jpg

    Third place: Namibian Wild Sunset by ShootingStar
    IMG_5525-L.jpg
    Love the backlighting on the clouds and the crown of shadows. Also the glow behind the silhouetted hillside.

    Second place: Ominous Skies by Earache
    Ominous%20Skies-XL.jpg
    Great capture of an approaching storm, the clouds look fluid, rolling, and threatening.

    First place: Rainbow by Alans Grin
    IMG_1617-XL.jpg
    Love the intensity of the rainbow, the sliver of golden field, and the wall of ominous clouds that make the rainbow and field pop. Definitely makes me think of summer.

    Congrats Alan! You're up!

    Congratulations to all! Thank you, Jack, for the honorable mention. It is, indeed an honor to mentioned, and a very pleasant surprise wings.gif DeborahL
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 3, 2014
    Many, many thanks Jack...

    I was really pleased with that capture because although on a wildlife shoot in a UK bird reserve I did chuck my wide angle in my pack at the last minute. My wife and I got caught in the torrential storm and had to run to the nearest bird hide to try to avoid being completely drenched. After the storm passed over this was the view we were rewarded with - for me, it was worth a bit of a soaking!

    I'll setup a new challenge shortly.

    Alan.
  • ShootingStarShootingStar Major grins le HavrePosts: 145Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 4, 2014
    Thanks for the 3rd place. And congrats to Alan this is a beautiful shot!
    Nature can be so different around the world but it is always amazing!

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  • TacoMonsterTacoMonster Beginner grinner Posts: 7Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited August 5, 2014
    challenge closed already? I thought it ran until the end of August, lol, not July.
  • jmphotocraftjmphotocraft GWC for hire Portland.ME.USAPosts: 2,977Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 5, 2014
    challenge closed already? I thought it ran until the end of August, lol, not July.

    What part of Challenge runs until the end of the month - Thursday July 31st at 11:59:59PM EDT didn't you understand?
    -Jack

    An "accurate" reproduction of a scene and a good photograph are often two different things.
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