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Very dramatic afternoon storm picture, Mike. Well done! The calm before the storm. However, better find shelter soon before it really happens! From Rebecca Hill
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How dramatic of a sky show. Great and splendid shot, Mike.
Hi Joan H. Thank you.
My three years in The Bahamas was nothing but dramatic with incredible open 180degree views across the sea. The sequence of photos I took of the above cloud formation staggered me for the amount of rain that fell from such an apparently simple cloud. And note that the base of the cloud is so low maybe less than 500ft.
An awesome, fantastic, memorable, superlative and spell binding shot, Mike, as ever from you,
Your photo is faultless in every respect, that is, coming from me as an ex FRPS photo judge where I would mark photos hard and stern.
Your photos have graced the CAS Gallery extremely well. I hope that this latest photo might be considered for inclusion in the 2019 CAS Calendar. Here’s hoping!
I have, with your permission, please, placed your photo as my current screensaver. I truly like this photo. Maybe it was your “swan song” before returning back to the UK? I recall your recent lovely dramatic and moody photo of Bamburgh Castle.
You’re so kind Laurence. I have say I am self taught and I suspect art and image composition can be naturally occurring in people as well as taught. My immodesty says that I try hard for the right composition and subject from the off. I know what I like and with comments like yours I am starting to understand what others must like. I feel that within a given scene I am able to see what works and what doesn’t.
A really dramatic shot, Mike! You can definitely see the full, dramatic cumulonimbus cloud from anvil to base, where it is raining in the distance. Looks like stormy weather this afternoon in the Bahamas! From Rebecca Hill, Canberra, Australia
Are you back now in the UK? I recall many of your glorious shots taken on the other side of the Equator. That said, you have not lost your touch in capturing this dramatic and atmospheric scene.
I hope the CAS might consider this photo for its 2019 calendar. Fingers crossed for you!
Thanks for sharing this virtuous shot! Your photography is marvellous and a delight to see.
Thanks Laurence. Yes I have been back from working overseas (and now retired again) for three years now. But I have during my overseas trips amassed a considerable library of dramatic photos from the tropics. This one is obviously not one from the tropics but I understand now what ingredients are required for getting those shots you refer to. One is luck two is actually living in a location that will produce good material and three I suppose is knowing what to do once you recognise a mix when something dramatic could happen. This one was mostly luck being there on holiday with my family. I ignored my wife by bringing the camera gear for the day at the beach. Photos in the gloaming always produce great atmospheric effects.
Yet again Mike a superb Image it’s a good job you did not leave your camera at home
Thanks, Mike, and, may I say, welcome back to the UK! I bet you find the weather here a wee bit different!
I think very highly of your photography, likewise, a CAS member, Paul Martini, hailing as he does from Bluff, Utah, USA. He, like you, packs in a grand and powerful photo upon the CAS Gallery capturing the elements and dramatic cloudscapes.
With all the photos you have amassed I reckon you could get a great book produced featuring your photos.
Thanks again and for reverting to me. It is appreciated and it is really nice when photo authors reply to comments on the CAS gallery.
Laurence, very true, such work should always be appreciated ,it’s easy for one to sit in front of their PC and whiz around the world,
but a lot of hard work and travailing goes into creating a photograph that will be “out of this world”
Mike Davies I cannot let your comments go without responding. Firstly thanks for the original comment. Secondly I found that over the many years I went to Florida to storm chase, I suppose it’s called, although some two weeks in August were wall to wall stormy weather in the main catching a Bermuda high that suppressed any cloud that wanted to go vertically up was more the norm. Living in a place allows one to see the whole range of weather. I doubt though that the three plus years in The Bahamas were the same at all. But being there for that time meant I caught it all, hurricanes included.
What a rainbow. This must be a total star of the rainbow world. You were smart to bring all camera gear!! If I saw that with no camera, I’d jump in the water.
Comment from Mike..
“Taken from the beach in front of my apartment when I was there. Not your typical view of the Bahamas .No blue sky no aquamarine sea and no white sand but a view that I saw regularly and loved as I just cannot get enough of skies filled with drama. I think it is enhanced by the angle and position of the sun which is filtered out by cloud and the sun lighting up the lower level of clouds”
As to be expected from you, Mike, a fabulous shot!
Wonderful capture in every respect. A faultless photo. Very moody and dramatic! The “letter box” format of the photo does full justice to your shot.
Thank you, as ever, for this sharing. Your photo has made my day!
Thanks for sharing this unusual collection of features, Hans.
For some reason I suppose this comment was not meant for the lightning by Mike. It might be for the halo, contrail and its shadow two picture further on. So thank you Adolfo.
I wish to capture one day the lightning like you did Mike. Fabulous.
The pastime of parasailing behind speed boats, not a good idea when lightning is buzzing around.
I am admirer of your lovely entrancing photos and the latest one submitted by you testifies to my continued admiration of your wonderful photographic work.
Thanks so much for sharing this spectacular image with us. Great work, wonderful composition and exposure giving full gravitas and homage to the ever changing cloud kingdom.
Yet again Laurence I must say thank you for your kind comments. I suppose ever since I was a youngster I have always watched or looked at the sky and the clouds in it. Having the funds to buy the better cameras and actually live through my work in the locations where the sky is very expressive to wit the tropics I have ‘filled my boots’ as they say. I now live back in England and whilst the sky is not as dramatic it has it moments.
Living in place say for two years or more allows one to establish the weather patterns and thereby source the best material. Its hard to get lucky on a short annual holiday. You can but not regularly. Go to Florida when there is a ‘Bermuda High’ sat offshore squashing all ‘weather’ that brings drama and for a few year’s consecutive annual holidays. Great for the tan but….
The photo above was taken at around 5.20am from memory and living 30m from the water I had an unobstructed view of the sky. Between April/May until late October there was usually never a dull moment in the skies above Nassau in The Bahamas.