Storm Studies

Storm Study #2

We at last felt a breath of winter this week, and clouds, mists and fogs have been playing in the valley for days. Deep Springs is a truly spectacular place under these conditions, especially when storm wrack drifts in and out of serrated granite hills and canyons on the valley’s northwest edge. But even under such excellent circumstances, I do not find it easy to do justice to the place. Compositions that seem like low-hanging fruit upon a casual glance prove surprisingly elusive through the viewfinder. But it’s a very fun place to experiment, especially with the confidence that comes from shooting on home ground, knowing that I’ll have similar opportunities in the future. My experimentation this week involved a conscious effort to try producing some black and white. the stormy weather lent itself to monochrome, and I’m finding that I really like the freedom of playing with black and white in post-processing, working with the tonalities without as strong a tether to reality as one must consider in color images.

(As is often the case, these will show to better advantage if you click through to the full-size versions.)

Storm Study #1

Storm Study #4

An odd one, perhaps, but it has some appeal to me at least:

Storm Study #3

Storm Study #5

Storm Study #6

A fine, if belated, start to winter! More please!

Storm Study #8

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3 thoughts on “Storm Studies

  1. Jackson, it is great to see you took advantage of that little storm we had last week! I love the way the mist and clouds flow through the peaks, and the juxtaposition of that “alpine” feel with the desert is really beautiful. Also, it’s different to see you working in monochrome, but I like it quite a lot, and it brings the mood of the day to the forefront. Very nice!

  2. I echo Greg’s comments. The title image is excellent and I am a big fan of the monochrome treatment. The last 2 images are also very pleasing to my eye, Jackson. Very happy to see more.

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