Thursday, May 27, 2010

And the windows of heaven were opened

And the heavens were opened

So if you heard a loud gasp at about 3:00 yesterday afternoon, it was me. I had just looked into my viewfinder and saw this thing bearing down on me.

Not that I didn't know there was a storm approaching. I had been out shooting exteriors for a local hospital and took a break because of excessive cloud cover. I went home to monitor the weather and saw some storms approaching. I decided to go out to meet them.

I'm still getting used to a new wide angle lens. It has a field of view that is much wider than my peripheral vision. I saw nasty clouds, but I didn't see all of them appearing to open the bomb bay doors to drop a gusher on me until I peeked through the lens.

After a few shots at a rural crossroads near Elgin (the electric lines at the edges of the picture were going in opposite directions -- that's how wide the view is through that lens), I booked over to the hospital to catch the creeping crud passing over it.

Then I caught my breath.

Photograph © 2010 James Jordan.


Tulsa Gentleman said...

Nice shot. What size is the new lens are you using? There is a lot of water in that cloud and it is about to come pouring out.

James said...

The new lens is a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. Very nice lens.

And the water did come pouring out -- up to 3 inches in some areas.