image © Robert Luis Chavez
Spirit In The Sky...
This storm was photographed south of Clines Corners, New Mexico.
SPIRIT IN THE SKY - HOW IT WAS MADE
This photo was taken in a spring storm situation. I was driving from
Santa Fe looking for storms to shoot and just before sunset I spotted
this small storm south of Clines Corners on US 285. I drove until after
sunset looking for a vantage point. In the fading light I saw the windmill
and pulled over. It was already too dark to get a reading from my camera's
meter so I had to make a guess (I do have a hand meter nowadays). Those
of you with handheld meters will find that most of them are capable
of reading extremely low light like this. The exposure was 5 minutes
at f/4 on Fuji Velvia. One thing to note here is how you can get highly
detailed lightning with larger apertures on the lens. At very small
apertures it's possible that only the brightest parts of the lightning
will expose or worse, none at all.