The Silencer

March 24, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

If I were to describe my day with a single word, it would most definitely be: Overwhelmed

I have been overwhelmed by the responses I have had to the photo, the requests and the friends and high-profile pages that have shared my work for their likers. Never did I imagine that a work would have over 1000, nay, 3000 likes. It’s wonderful. At the same time, I have been overwhelmed by the requests for image purchases. I never expected that either, but thank you everyone.

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Yesterday (Sunday, March 24) in the afternoon, I  had the opportunity to go on a very last-minute storm chase.

After having a relaxing lunch with family, I noticed the impending storm drifting into the CBD. From what I had heard, storms weren’t expected to reach the coast/CBD. So when they did I was a little surprised and very much itchy to get out, given the lack of storm-season we’ve had in Queensland this year so far.

I made my dash to the very familiar Kangaroo Point Cliffs, a public parkland overlooking the city, and a very clear view in nearly every direction.

Upon getting there, I was confronted with the very prominent wall cloud ahead of me. This is the image that is doing the rounds on Facebook/500px/Flickr.

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It was the most astonishing wall cloud, and had I been another few minutes late, I would have missed it all.

I had about 10mins to run with my bag, tripod and purse to a new position once snapping this image, I chose my position carefully, opting to be behind the cafe at the cliffs. This would soon act as a valuable barrier between myself and the oncoming rain/wind fury.

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As the storm rumbled closer, the winds picked up and the rain came in at every angle, even with myself cowering in the most protected part of the park, I still got drenched. My D700 is mostly weather sealed, but despite this, I still threw a towel over it for good measure.

Lightning bolts dropped around me in every direction. Unfortunately, there was so much rain that I rarely got a good lightning bolt shot. At one stage, I looked across to the city and couldn’t see it. The image below shows this just before it happened. Sunset coinciding with a cloud that looked like Armageddon, created an eerie darkness i haven’t experienced in some time.

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Finally, when the main storm did pass, it left in its wake some lighter rain and a little bit of a light show. Unfortunately these bolts were still few and far between, I was fortunate to be in a place where not many lightning bolts were landing. I mostly got some cloud-to-cloud bolts, as seen below.

Hopefully next time I get out there’ll be a bit more of a lightshow!

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I just love chasing storms, there’s an adrenaline aspect, but the photography is wonderful, knowing it’s a unique shot or formation. Just beautiful.

I’d like to thank everyone who has liked the image, shared it, seen it, commented on it and requested to purchase it.

It means so much to me that you all like my work


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