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Prairie Power

July 18, 2010

Prairie Power, Shepard

Prairie Power, Shepard

Just to complete the book-ends, here is a second composition of the fabulous thunderheads I photographed last weekend. Compared to the first view I showed, the light has gone down a bit further here, and the colors have deepened.

The more important difference is the framing. In the first case I chose a longer focal length to isolate the storm clouds above the canola field. A few stray power lines were hanging in mid-air, so I removed them as an unnecessary distraction. But in this case with a horizontal format and slightly wider focal length, I left the lines in. Choosing my framing, I was able to position the transmission tower as a counter-point to the brightest area of the cloud formation. Two separate subject elements — one natural, one man-made, both related by the theme of “power”.

Whenever I encounter a particularly compelling scene, I try to remember to make at least two compositions from it, one horizontal and one vertical. Even if I don’t pursue the view any further than that, the two orientations can be useful for different layouts. They can also allow influences within the frame to be shifted, as I did here with the transmission tower.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 23, 2010 08:34

    Excellent Image Royce! I like the tower in this photograph, it adds scale to what must have been a huge storm cloud.

  2. July 24, 2010 23:24

    Awesome, I’m so glad you and Darwin both got photos of this awesome system. I was driving back to Edmonton from the Calgary Stampede with some friends and I was not the driver. Needless to say, if I would have been, I would have never made it back to Edmonton at a decent time, but I would have had some sweet photos! Did you get any photos while the rainbow was in there? I really thought there could have been a tornado or at least a funnel in there somewhere. Those clouds turned an insane color of pink as the sun went down too. It was amazing to watch.

  3. August 2, 2010 18:41

    Thanks guys!

    Mike — I know the feeling, driving along and seeing stuff out the window with somebody else behind the wheel. 🙂 I didn’t get any rainbows on this one, it was too late by the time I got out there. No funnel clouds either, but the cell I was chasing (and didn’t catch) sure looked like it should have been spinning some out…

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