The rainy desert

Storms on Table Mesa - Arizona Monsoon

I love black and white photography. Earlier this year I made a promise to myself that I would endeavor to do a lot more B&W this summer during stormchasing. What’s kind of happened is that I’m really enjoying colors. I’ll try it without any color and will usually end up going back.

This one, however, I really liked with some harsh black and white processing.

Rain falling on the desert, some beautiful textures in the clouds…and a single peak (hard to see) on the left horizon shrouded in light from the sun.

It’s hard to beat capturing the stormy skies of the desert down here in Arizona.

(canon 5d mark ii, canon 17-40mm f/4, iso 100, 17mm, f/18, 1/40sec)

  • Dave DiCello

    Man this would look incredible hanging on any wall, in any house, anywhere! I agree with you, the B&W was a perfect choice!

  • Scott Ackerman

    Love your B&W work man. And that lone lit peak in the background…Nice!

  • http://thoughtsnshotsbyMSP Marsha

    Very dramatic and striking!

  • Chris Nitz

    I like how the b/w helps bring out the rain and also that the rain seems to part for a stroll down the middle of the image. Wonderfully dramatic clouds as well.

  • http://brianmatiash Brian Matiash

    B&W was definitely the right choice here, Mike. We get to appreciate all of the very moody tones front and center. What a great scene.

  • Mike

    Thanks guys! Sometimes you want to force things one way or the other, but other occasions it just fits perfectly without trying.

  • Scott Wood

    Very nice. The black and white is perfect for this.

  • Brian Furbush

    Nice shot Mike – really enjoying the sky-heavy composition and the choice of B&W.

  • Curt Fleenor

    This is great Mike – B/W fits this well!

  • Mark Garbowski

    I think it’s the outstanding gradations of grey in the main cloud that really make this black and white work.

  • Chris Wray

    Wonderful textures and tones, Mike! Gotta love monsoon season.

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Awesome contrast to this one Mike! Great work!

  • Eden

    Nice 🙂

  • Toad Hollow Photography

    Breathtaking shot here Mike! I love the peek of the peak on the horizon there, it really adds an element of interest for sure. Awesome work, looking forward to following everything coming from you this summer, that’s for sure!

  • Steve Beal

    Yet another epic sky! I love the B&W treatment, perfect!

  • Simon aka Pixel Alchemist

    I’m so in your Camp Mike about b&W’s and loving colour. Yet when you get such a dramatic scene like this with great contrasts then black and white is the perfect fit. Love this shot and your treatment of it. agree with other fans, would look perfect hanging on any wall

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  • Jan Winther

    Gorgeous shot, Mike.