Mike Patterson  

Spring Thunderstorm by Mike Patterson

July 2021 - Spring Thunderstorm

July 2021 - Mike Patterson


About the Image(s)

I captured this image several years ago. It was taken on our ranch in the Texas Hill Country as a thunderstorm moved across the horizon. As you can see, I did a lot of processing in Lightroom between the original and the modified version. My goal was to capture the beauty and power of the storm, especially with the rainbow on the front edge. The original versions I processed had too blue of a sky. I adjusted the temps and tint to remove the brownish tone, while retaining the grey, foreboding colors of the stormy clouds. I took it with a Rebel camera using a kit 55-250mm lens at 70mm, ISO 400 at 1/100 second.

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6 comments posted

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Mike -- very nice and original capture. This certainly demonstrates the power of nature because it's set in a wide vista. I've seen storms like this and they are very impressive. Just a few points: As always, very bright areas in a composition take the eyes off of the main subject(s) and if you cropped off quite a lot of the left side, it would move the rainbow off center and give more weight to the dramatic dark sky. And, I think you should have left the second row of the greens somewhat darkened, but not silhouetted. This would have added to the vastness of the scene. Still, beautifully done!   Posted: 07/09/2021 16:39:50

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
I agree with Jerry's sentiments, which I do not think I could express as clearly. In addition to that, I would consider pumping up the colors of the rainbow a bit, to give the rainbow a bit more dominance.   Posted: 07/09/2021 18:25:43

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
I thought this was a very interesting image but I wondered if the foreground could be enhanced a bit so I took the image into studio and applied an HDR filter to consolidate the storm features. Then I went into precision detail to try and highlight the rainbow and the clouds a little more. Finally I played around with saturation, temperature, and tint. I cropped out some of the extraneous side information when came up with this.   Posted: 07/10/2021 09:51:21
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Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I like the way Al brought out the foreground detail though I do like the blue cast for the sky in Mike's final. Nice work both of you.   Posted: 07/11/2021 22:09:37

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
I very much agree with Jerry and Joe's suggestions. But you have an amazing capture. This is not a sight that we get to see here in our urban areas, and it's a powerful sight.   Posted: 07/15/2021 13:57:08

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
I like the foreground in the original, perhaps cropped up to the hay field and add some vibrance. Keep the processing of the sky in the final, but try to enhance the rainbow.   Posted: 07/20/2021 17:17:54