Two spikey peas in a pod

Desert Snow Storm Arizona Cactus Yucca

I’ve been having a ton of fun this fall/winter playing around with urban exploration, processing grungy images and discovering my love for shooting in downtown Phoenix.

But I absolutely miss the summer storms. Big time. I feel like I’ve learned something about the  kind of photography I want to produce when it comes to weather images and now I’m anxious to see that vision come alive in the upcoming monsoon season.

I love this picture. It was shot during the cold weather that brought some snow storms to the deserts in late December. One of my favorite moments in weather is after a storm leaves. Lots of times you get awesome light, clear, crisp air and an amazing contrast between the storm leaving and what you see in front of you. This image is no exception. As the storm exits to the right of the image, you can see the darkness still alive in it. But here where we stand…beautiful sunlight casting long shadows…and a crisp, vibrant air that gives us an amazing clarity all the way to the snowy peaks on the horizon.

There is one negative to this image: It only increases my craving to get back out there. And summer is still a long ways off.

(exif: rebel xsi, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, f/20, iso100)

  • http://www.heathercaptured.wordpress.com Heather

    That is one amazing sky :)love this in Black & White!

  • http://www.jamesbrandon.cc/blog James Brandon

    Beautiful image here Mike. Can’t wait to see what you come up with this storm season

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    I’m looking forward to what you’re going to capture this summer, man. This shot is awesome, and I love the black and white treatment.

  • http://www.ensler.de Kay Gaensler

    Amazing B&W conversion Mike! The range of contrast in the shot is stunning and the composition just beautiful!

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

    Mike, your black and white desert/weather images are very, very good! Just amazing stuff my friend!

  • http://www.rav3nstudios.com Chris Nitz

    What a great shot! I don’t think I will ever be able to look at clouds or storms without thinking about how you may capture them. Very inspiring man.

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  • http://dudewithcamera.com Jesse

    Another rock solid desert landscape. Love it

  • http://www.davewilsonphotography.com Dave Wilson

    Fabulous shot, Mike – beautifully crisp and clear.

  • http://toomuchglass.net/ Mark Garbowski

    Is there such a thing as Land Urchins? I second KG about the great B&W tones.

  • http://zenofzann.wordpress.com Zann

    Excellent idea–when the desert is all brown and tan, use black-and-white! Beautiful image!

  • http://chriskenison.com Chris Kenison

    Your skies always take my breath away. Very nice shot, Mike!

  • http://live.jflphotography.com Jacob Lucas

    This is a superb B&W Mike… one of your best.

  • Sean

    Hey Mike!,..Very cool image!, Love the B & W

  • http://visualstate.wordpress.com andy gimino

    This is an exceptional image mike! Well done and a great blog post too.