Mini-Challenge #251: Weather

bfluegiebfluegie Big grinsIndianaPosts: 223Registered Users Major grins
edited August 5, 2017 in The Dgrin Challenges

For this challenge, I would like to see photos with a theme of weather. For the last 20 years I have been working on the optical instruments that go on weather satellites. I am now about to retire. So, in honor of the career that has kept me in cameras and lenses I would like to see photos that show weather. Preferably the weather in action, so to speak. The more drama or moodiness the better. :) I will also consider photos showing the impact of weather.

This mini will end Friday August 25 at 6 PM PDT/9 PM EDT

Mostly, in my experience anyway, photographers try to shoot when the light is best, so they don't always have too many photos of inclement or dramatic weather. At least, I don't have too many photos in this theme, but here are a few. I would hope to see better than what I have collected over the years.

Mountain Fog

Fog at Neuschwanstein

Blowing Snow at Many Parks Curve, Rocky Mountain National Park

A break in the rain, Hanalei Bay, Kauai

And, to honor my father who taught me to think before pressing the darned button (he didn't say 'darned'), and about apertures, exposure, and all the technical stuff, here is a photo he took in 1974. It is of the break-up of one of the 1974 tornadoes in Ohio (the so called super outbreak). This is the end stage of the tornado that started in Indiana, went through Kentucky, and then crossed to Ohio at Saylor Park where it became an F5 tornado. My father took this from our back yard after the tornado had passed. I don't think my mom would let him out to get it any earlier. I didn't scan the slide until 35 years after he took the photo, so the quality isn't that good. I tried to restore it a little. Still, it's an homage rather than a great photo.

Hah! If anyone checked my previous challenge entries they probably thought I would pick cats.

And if anyone is interested in the images I help (in a very small way) make as part of my work, a few can be seen at this location.

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  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Posts: 1,627Registered Users Major grins

    Great idea. I have been trying to take a photo of snow or rain for years. I do also have at least one photo of fog if I have not used it before.

    “" adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • JAGJAG Photomaniac Wasilla, AKPosts: 5,874Super Moderators moderator

    OOOO..another fun challenge! I'll start!

    1. Alaskan winter day

    2. St. Kitts rainstorm

    3. Idaho electrical storm

  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Posts: 1,627Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 7, 2017

    It took me awhile before I could find

    1) Fog in Oriental (North Carolina)

    2) Snowfall

    3) Rainbow in the Netherlands

    A rainbow is pretty cliche, but I wasn't happy with the actual rain photos that I've taken recently

    “" adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 1,827Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 8, 2017

    Good subject for a mini. Here are mine:

    1) A couple walkin' in the snow.. Blizzard on the Columbia Glacier in British Columbia.

    2) Angry clouds and storm at sea near Capitola, Ca.

    3) Bridal Veil in the Fog and storm. Yosemite, CA.

  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumPosts: 3,609Registered Users Major grins

    Great theme!

    Storm at sea

    Clouds over Iceland

    Snow in the Ardennes

    Pieter, aka pegelli
    My SmugMug
  • bfluegiebfluegie Big grins IndianaPosts: 223Registered Users Major grins

    Wow, great entries so far. I can see this is going to be hard to judge. Thirteen days to go, and I am hoping to see more entries showing weather in all its glory. Wild or peaceful; bright, gray, or colorful, all is good.

  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyPosts: 1,926Registered Users Major grins

    Great theme - I'm really enjoying all the entries. We're traveling right now so I probably won't have time to enter but it's fun to watch!

  • DavidRGillespieDavidRGillespie Chilliwack, British Columbia, CanadaPosts: 77Registered Users Many Grins

    Wonderful theme, and great images.

    The aftermath of a particularly nasty ice storm this winter. The birds were wisely well hidden, so I didn't get an image of a bird trying to figure out the ice-coated suet feeder

    I am located at the end of a coastal valley, with mountains rising on three sides. As a result we get a lot of interesting interplay of light and cloud. I was especially taken with the way the light interacted with the bands of rain in this image

    This is my favorite "weather story" image. I was (rather obviously?) in the rear seat of the canoe, while we slogged through a rather vicious rain storm on the Bowron Lakes in British Columbia. Thank heaven for my trusty waterproof Lumix TS5!

  • go_zoominggo_zooming Miami, FL USAPosts: 1Registered Users Beginner grinner
    Hi! That's awesome! How can I post a photo here?
  • JAGJAG Photomaniac Wasilla, AKPosts: 5,874Super Moderators moderator

    @go_zooming said:
    Hi! That's awesome! How can I post a photo here?

    New members have a waiting period before they can start posting images. You need to comment on photos and interact a few times before it will unlock for you.

  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyPosts: 1,926Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 24, 2017

    Here's a couple from me - but this time I'm posting just for fun - please don't consider these as entries.

    1) a rainy day along the Canal du Midi in southern France

    2) A foggy afternoon in the Alps (Bischofshofen, Austria)

    3) A stormy day at the resort (Antalya, Turkey)

  • GSPePGSPeP Major grins Steendorp, BelgiumPosts: 2,563Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 25, 2017

    Just in time ...

    1. Result of a storm that hit the east of Germany in 2005

    1. Waiting for the rain to stop

    1. A frosty morning

  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Posts: 1,627Registered Users Major grins

    Love the frosty morning - I'm always trying to get that kind of frost photos

    “" adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • sapphire73sapphire73 Major grins PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,661Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 25, 2017

    Sharing a few photos for fun, but please don't consider as entries. Just returned from one trip and will be heading out again....

    1) Impending Rain (iPhone photo taken our last day on Sanibel Island in July)

    2) Elk Grazing through the snow at Rocky Mountain National Park

    3) Cairnwood Mansion with Freezing Rain Covering the Snow

  • bfluegiebfluegie Big grins IndianaPosts: 223Registered Users Major grins

    Thanks to all who posted. This challenge is now closed. It is going to be difficult to judge, but I will get the results out this weekend.

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