We’ve driven about 50 miles to get ahead of this storm and now we’re heading south on Highway 207 right towards the leading edge. We pull over in an entrance to a rancher’s land and I grab my gear to get a few quick shots before we come too close to the storm.
I setup my tripod, level my camera and begin to compose the scene when it dawns on me that the tall grass directly in front of me looks freshly “trampled” or blown down somehow. I don’t see the same phenomenon anywhere else in these hundreds of acres of grass and I’m left wondering if I’ve stumbled across a “crop circle” or the touchdown of a recent micro-burst from the storm. It was an eery feeling standing there in the middle of the Texas plains watching this ominous thunderstorm sweep across the sky and wondering if I was pushing my luck just a wee bit much. Needless to say, we made quick work of shooting at this “location”.
Have a great Halloween or Samhain (if you’re from the old country) this weekend!
Touchdown – Claude, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/16 for 1.3 seconds at ISO 100 with a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 and Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro plug-in.
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