The hand of God

The Hand of God - Oklahoma Panhandle Thunderstorm

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 17-40mm f/4 l, 17mm, iso 100, f/8.0, 1/400th // buy print)

When we saw this thing explode along the dry line in the Oklahoma panhandle…it was a sight to behold. It’s weird how stormchasing works. You setup in some location, the skies are clear and you wait. Your forecasting buddies have told you that a dry line will be moving eastward, hitting moisture and instability, and somewhere west of Woodward, OK…storms should start firing off in the next hour.

And then boom, clouds go nuts.

I am constantly amazed at how hard it is to predict weather even with all our technology, but at the same time, I marvel at how much we do know.

This storm ended up being the cell that produced that massive anvil in a photo I posted last week. The scene above was about 15-20 minutes before that.

The way the anvil starts spreading at the top right of the cloud reminding me of a giant hand reaching out. And with an angelic light behind it from the sun…who else could it be but God?

  • http://www.lensaltiel.com/ Len Saltiel

    What a killer shot Mike. Great tones

  • http://www.chrisfrailey.com Chris Frailey

    Love the light in this one Mike.

  • http://www.goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    Sick. Just fantastic.

  • http://catchthejiffy.com Adam Allegro

    Spectacular Mike. I think processing this in black and white makes it so much more of a special image. Nice work buddy.