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Hills in the Rain

When you leave for a photo shoot, you really never know what you’re going to find. It’s helpful in some cases to know what you’re looking for, but if your a nature photographer, that means you’re really hoping for the cooperation of the weather….. a dicey proposition. The Quabbin Reservoir is only an hour away from home.  It looked like an OK day. By the time we got there, it was pouring.  So we had coffee, found a cool place to look at the Reservoir and enjoyed.  Then the weather started to do some very interesting things.  (Click on the image for a larger view.)

If it isn’t raining too hard, and if the temperature and wind are working in your favor, cloud trails begin to emerge from the hills themselves.  So we swung into gear.  Photography of those clouds is challenging because there is so little contrast working in your favor.  You have to significantly increase the contrast in post production and that creates the risk of making these delicate little vortices of water vapor turn white, just like much of the sky.  It is a beautiful show however.  Here’s Mount Zion, known well to all who visit the Reservoir.

We eventually did catch a break in the weather and were able to pay a visit to the primary location for the day, Goodnough Dike.  The storm was beginning to pass, or so we thought.

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  1. Sandra #

    Awesomely beautiful clouds.

    June 18, 2011

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