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What I love about stormchasing around Arizona is just the random places you find along the way. The farm fields you just happen to be hanging out by for an hour as you watch storms develop over the Catalina Mountains. I never really have plans on where I’m going, I just end up there.

On this day I was with my buddy Ken Peterson and we pulled off to shoot some of the cool clouds, and ended up sitting around at this spot for well over an hour. I shot a timelapse of an awesome downpour on the mountains, so we just hung out for a bit, waiting for the sun to get lower so we could start some lightning shooting.

This was a giant farm area in the middle of the desert, growing some kind of fruit we couldn’t identify. The irrigation canal was so full we couldn’t believe it wasn’t overflowing.

I love lines in my images and this shot was full of them. Powerlines, the canal, the edge of the farm, the road on the left. The main reason I took it was that I liked how it framed the cumulus clouds building off in the distance.

(canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/16, 1/100th)



  • Scott Wyden Kivowitz

    Your B/W shots just pop dude. Can’t get enough!

  • Steve Beal

    Sweet lines and B&W tones – really love this image.

  • Scott Wood

    Another good one. Is that out in the Avra Valley area?

  • larry

    Great picture, Mike. I really like the use of the lines and the B&W processing is legit!

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Love the processing! I have LOTS of farms to shoot here, but no clouds to make the image! Great shot and use of the lines!

  • kpaustinweird

    Love the monotone … Really helps guide the eye to the diagonals in the composition. Nicely done.

  • Dave DiCello

    Oh man, those clouds are incredible! What a landscape!

  • Rick

    Love how this shot draws your eye down to “no where”. Great mood!

  • Mark Blundell

    gotta agree with the lines – superb work!

  • Chuck Mitchell

    Really diggin this shot! Love the B&W!!! Keep it up!!!

  • A.Barlow

    Nice lines in this. I like this dark contrasty mono.