Just a road…with a storm

(click to see on black // canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, iso 100, f/22, 1/50 // buy print)

There is nothing I love more than a nice road photograph. I really can never tire of them. The problem with stormchasing is that all you are doing is driving down roads most of the time, so you are tempted to do nothing but stand in the middle of every awesome highway you see. Hence I try to find random things down dirt roads, like rocks, cactus, whatever…to try and frame a shot.

But I still shoot roads and this is one from up in Sedona, on the northwest side, from back on July 11th. A large monsoon thunderstorm was moving slowly from left to right over these mountains, dropping heavy rain as it passed by.

Feeling a bit tired and worn out today. Stormchasing is such a passion. It drives me. It’s very hard for me to just take a night off from it when I know good stuff is happening. Part of that is wanting to build a reputation for always being out there, being reliable, being a source for information and the latest photos of our weather. But the other part is just desire to shoot it, to be out in it and to enjoy it.

And there is also the idea that this lasts only about four months during the summer and then it’s over until next year. But I still have to learn how to take a night off when I need one. And to be able to do it and NOT think about what I’m missing the entire time.

Last night was a nice break…hung out with two buddies from high school whom I’ve been friends with and stayed in contact with ever since.  I still looked at the radar on my phone though *grin*

The other thing on my mind today is a kind of hangover from the past five days. Stormchasing Friday afternoon, Saturday, Sunday’s dust storm, a quick Monday night jaunt up the 17, then more Tuesday night. When things die down as they always do (as in right now)…I’m always kind of left with this emptiness…like, what now?

It will pass quickly though, because I’m looking forward to a little relaxation and fall TV premieres! Vampire Diaries tonight!

Thanks for letting me ramble a bit this morning.

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

    Another great road shot, Mike. I don’t know why, however, but the tar lines on the left look like a bike crossing symbol. Crazy I know, Maybe I need more coffee 😉

  • A.Barlow

    I like how foreboding this image feels.

  • http://thevictoriaplace.blogg.se/ Victoria

    Wow, very nice picture and beautiful sky! 🙂

  • http://toomuchglass.net Mark Garbowski

    For all the awesome beauty in the sky and landscape, it’s the random pavement markings in the left foreground that hold my eye.

  • http://www.myblueheaven.com Scott Wood

    A great road image and I know exactly what you mean by the empty feeling when it is all said and done.

  • http://goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    Really dig the ominous feel to this shot. The darkness in the clouds coupled with the darkness in the road really gives this shot some feel.

  • http://www.curtfleenor.com Curt Fleenor

    Really ominous mood here Mike…I like it!

  • http://www.wix.com/corallehmann/digitalprints/ Coral

    Wow what a great shot.

  • http://catchthejiffy.com Adam Allegro

    Looks like an awesome storm! I like the patchwork on the road at the bottom left. That center divider is processed perfectly for this shot. Well done!

  • http://www.larryreeves.info larry

    awesome photograph. i dig it!

  • http://www.jameshowephotography.com J Howe

    Terrific road shot, reminds me of the production logo used by Jerry Bruckheimer. I expect a bolt of lightning to come down and strike a tree on the side of the road.