Photographer's Note

This was one of the earliest digital pictures I ever made. It was a scan of a slide. It was also about the time I became aware of TrekEarth and thought someday I might want to try it out.

For me, the action of taking a picture can be as rewarding as the picture itself. This particular shot was taken on a hot day in August while visiting some friends at their cottage on the Ottawa River, at Crown Point. It was a beautiful day but it got dark real fast. We could see the storm approaching from upriver. I ran to my car where I had left my camera and tripod, setup, and managed to capture three pictures before this one. I got a couple more after this one, then the rain hit us. This one was the best of the bunch, showing a clear line between the storm and clear areas.

The lighting for this was great. We were facing north across the river towards the Gatineau Hills in Quebec with the sun to the west. The storm must have been localized because you can see light to the right so it was getting through to the north of the storm. I was using a manual camera at the time with a zoom. The zoom was close to wide open (35mm). The picture was shot to provide lots of light (for the conditions) at F3.5 and about 1 second (on bulb).

I didnít actually need to do a lot of post processing to this one. I played with shadows and highlights a bit, but preferred the contrasts I had with the light and dark extremes. I did play a bit with levels which helped bring out the clouds a bit clearer.

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