The Spreading Anvil

This shot may look somewhat familiar to some of my dedicated readers and followers…at least the bottom half. I posted another photo of this storm last week that mainly focused on the downdraft area of this cloud and the dust storm created from it. The photo above was taken about 5-10 minutes earlier than that one.

One of the most beautiful parts of a monsoon thunderstorm is the eventual spreading anvil as the top grows high enough to hit the fast moving winds in the upper atmosphere. This little storm cell was close enough to me that the wide end of my 17-35mm couldn’t capture the entire thing horizontally, and when I turned it vertical, it still required a panoramic of two positions to get as much as I could. Plus it was kind of moving towards me and to the left of the scene above, so it kept getting bigger and bigger in the viewfinder.

So this is a sort of vertical panoramic stitched together from two HDR photos, both of them made up of five brackets each.

  • http://yycofee.wordpress.com Heath O’Fee

    Man, I never get sick of seeing these monsoon clouds! Great work on the panorama too!

  • http://www.behindmyeyes.me Jim Denham

    Cool image Mike. i took a weather spotting class a few years ago and am hypnotized at developing storms. Problem is, the topography here and in TN does not allow for this type of view. Thanks for sharing it!

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  • http://lussierphoto.com Bob Lussier

    You did it again. Nice.

  • Alistair

    What a powerful scene. I find clouds so difficult to HDR realistically and you have done a superb job.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003406489389 Auth

    Cool image Mike. i took a weather spittong class a few years ago and am hypnotized at developing storms. Problem is, the topography here and in TN does not allow for this type of view. Thanks for sharing it!