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)

18 replies
  1. Chris Nitz
    Chris Nitz says:

    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.

  2. Mike
    Mike says:

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

  3. Toad Hollow Photography
    Toad Hollow Photography says:

    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!

  4. Simon aka Pixel Alchemist
    Simon aka Pixel Alchemist says:

    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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