I don’t capture to many photos that really, truly excite me. Every once in a awhile though the stars align perfectly and I do get that one in million shot. This photograph of rain pouring out of a cloud just yards away from me is just one of those shots. The crazy thing is I didn’t even realize that I had captured it out in the field.
Positioned on the west bank of the Susquehanna river, on a ridge overlooking South Wilkes-Barre in the distance. I was set up to capture wideband, near infrared photos of the large, detailed cumulonimbus crawling up through the Wyoming valley above the Susquehanna River.
No sooner did I get set up did the clouds begin to change. It was obvious a storm was heading in my direction. I could tell it was rain heavily to the south because the green rolling mountains became cloaked in what looked like a light grey sheet. As this sheet of heavy rain raced toward me I began to tear down. I just paid a hefty price for the Sigma HSM 18-35mm Art lens that I was shooting with, so I was not taking any chances! I’m a starving artist and really was just barely able to squeeze enough money out of my account for this piece of glass.
I dismounted the full spectrum Canon 70D with Sigma lens attached from my tripod and threw the strap around my neck. Collapsed my tripod and threw all my miscellaneous camera gear back into my backpack. Running back to my truck I quickly turned to grab 4 or 5 more shots of out over the valley before it fell out of site.
Those 4 or 5 shots turned out to be the best shots of the day. I captured in succession this micro system, or cloud pouring rain just a few hundred yards away, out over the river valley. The image I am posting here is the best of the bunch.
As I already mentioned above. I had did’t realize what I had captured until I got home and began processing my photos.
I am not sure if the termination line of the rain, or if any of the rain falling from this cloud would have been captured if I were using a non-modified camera without a wideband infrared filter.
The 920nm filter that I was imaging through is an extremely dark filter. In fact if you hold this filter up and try looking through it with your naked eye you will see nothing. Almost no visible light is passed through this highly polished, multi-coated filter made of fine optical glass.
Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
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Until next time, Peace! Jer