Stormchasing: A backlit Nebraska storm

Of all the things I saw during my trip to Nebraska to chase around some storms, this scene was one of the best. I don’t even know if the HDR processing can convey what it looked like in person, but it was breathtaking. The sun back-lighting the falling rain, the scud clouds moving quickly along the surface…the dirt road running into the distance…the grass was blowing, the clouds churning…it was a sight to behold.

Myself and another stormchaser were just standing here, talking, looking in awe and snapping photos. A good guy too, from the town of Ogalalla where I shot the feed mill photo posted yesterday. Love the people in Nebraska, just good, kind folk.

Technically this was just a hand-held, 3-bracket HDR using Photomatix, CS5, Imagenomic and Topaz.

  • Alex Evjen

    Wow! That looks like something from a movie! Great job!

  • Jay Taylor

    Great composition and capture Mike.
    Love the processing treatment as well, very nice work.


  • Heidi Morris

    WOW Mike, i’m knocked over ! fantastic shot and what an incredible sight to behold

  • Mike

    Thank you so much guys…appreciate the kind words. Definitely was a sight…a treat for a storm lover like me 🙂

    So glad you stopped by!

  • Sky Noir

    Magic! Follow the road to the golden land of HDR goodness…

  • Martin Soler HDR Photography

    Wow great shot. Looks just like the Bruckheimer movie logo, just missing the tree on the right side of the road. Excellent PP and well done on the handheld shot! they’re not easy to pull off.

  • David Latour

    Just found you Mike. This is quite a photo. Way to go.

  • Gordon Burns

    This is avery impressive shot. I think I can imagine how it felt being there. Love the HDR treatment – excellent job. Would make a superb print.

  • Mike

    Gordon and David, thanks so much for your comments!

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