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Storm Clouds Over Taylor Park Reservoir

Posted by
Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 5 September 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Taylor Reservoir, Gunnison National Forest

After my photo workshop was over, I left Gunnison to head back to Denver to catch my evening flight home. Instead of taking highway 50, I decided to go the scenic route over Cottonwood Pass. After driving about 30 miles, I stopped at a pullout and squeezed off a few hand-held shots when I saw these awesome storm clouds over the water. I wish now that I had taken the time to work this scene with a wide-angle lens and a GND filter, but I had already packed up my tripod.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 1/50 second F/11.0 ISO 100 24 mm

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Cruz from exurbia, United States

Well...you might have taken a better picture with all the “right gizmos” but you know...this is really good just the way it is! It’s not just the gizmos...it’s the eye!

5 Sep 2010 7:08am

@Cruz: Thanks. I'm glad you like it. The clouds are the star, but I find this unsatisfying because the water is cut off on both sides of the frame. My eye wants to see more of the scene.

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

The only good thing about storms are the wonderful clouds the generate... What an amazing landscape ! Even without tripod, it's an excellent shot. Btw : do you use your tripod all the time ? I know I should use it more but I only use it for macros and night shots. I don't like to take all that heavy stuff each time I go out to take photos... shame on me... I know ;) Have a great sunday Julie :)

5 Sep 2010 7:22am

@Tamara: Storms make for some of the best landscape images. I like to use a tripod for landscape shots to get maximum sharpness. That way you can shoot in low light with lower ISO, and you can lockup the mirror to minimize vibrations during the exposure. If I had used a tripod, I could have shot a number of images and stitched them together in photoshop (never tried that before, but I can learn!). It is also important for shooting HDR frames.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Even without your tripod you did a great job. The atmosphere is unique!

5 Sep 2010 8:13am

@Loner: Thank you Sonja. I would have preferred a wider angle for this scene.

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

What a beautiful view Julie!! I love such big sky's! So wide open.
Have a nice Sunday!!

5 Sep 2010 10:33am

@Richard: Thank you Richard. The sky was too good to pass up!

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Beautiful clouds!!!

5 Sep 2010 11:19am

@Anita: Thanks Anita. There is nothing like the clouds of a summer monsoon over mountains!

Paul from summerside, Canada

Beautiful view Julie , great clouds

5 Sep 2010 12:28pm

@Paul: Thanks Paul.

Andrea from Regina, Canada

WOw, now that is a heavy sky! Great shot.

5 Sep 2010 6:07pm

@Andrea: Thanks Andrea. I love it when they stack up like that.

Sara from Jackson, WI, United States

Wow! Just beautiful...I love the way storm clouds look...wonderful pov and tones :)

5 Sep 2010 6:13pm

@Sara: Thank you Sara. When you see clouds like this, you have to stop!

Johan Dierckx from Wijnegem, Belgium

Amazing contrasts in the sky-section, Julie. Think it is a very stong image revealing the atmosphere of the moment.

5 Sep 2010 10:02pm

@Johan Dierckx: Thank you Johan. It was raining, but you probably can't tell with these puffy clouds.

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

lovely landscape and the clouds look superb indeed! you balanced the light nicely here and there is a good 3d feel to the clouds - they are really well defined!

6 Sep 2010 1:47am

@DarkElf: Thank you. 3D is a good way to describe it, because you can see the depth of them.

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Fantastic clouds!

6 Sep 2010 3:32am

@Stefan: Thank you for the comment, Stefan.

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

This is beautiful as is! WOW! stunning shot and dramatic sky, beautiful color! Well done!

6 Sep 2010 4:13am

@Wild Mustang Photography: I'm glad you like it Pam. The clouds are the most interesting part for sure.

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

wow.. this is beautiful :).

6 Sep 2010 8:27am

@Sarito: Thank you Sarito, I appreciate that.

Gillian Barfoot from Saint John, Canada

Wonderful view -- I can see why you stopped! I like the way you are high enough that the clouds seem to be right in front of you. Lovely cloud texture and light on the mountain peaks.

6 Sep 2010 11:13am

@Gillian Barfoot: Thank you Gillian. The elevation of this lake is 9330 feet.

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Awesome capture with these outrageous clouds!

6 Sep 2010 1:54pm

@Barbara Kile: Thank you Barbara. Some of the best clouds I have ever photographed.

Barbara from Oakland, United States

These clouds are simply amazing! I am glad that you stopped for this shot. We do not always have to have our tripods out. I sure wish we had clouds like this around here! Lucky you!

9 Sep 2010 4:27am

@Barbara: Thanks Barbara. It seems that I see these types of clouds only in the mountains.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1/50 second
ISO 100
24 mm