We’ve driven about 50 miles to get ahead of this storm and now we’re heading south on Highway 207 right towards the leading edge. We pull over in an entrance to a rancher’s land and I grab my gear to get a few quick shots before we come too close to the storm.

I setup my tripod, level my camera and begin to compose the scene when it dawns on me that the tall grass directly in front of me looks freshly “trampled” or blown down somehow. I don’t see the same phenomenon anywhere else in these hundreds of acres of grass and I’m left wondering if I’ve stumbled across a “crop circle” or the touchdown of a recent micro-burst from the storm. It was an eery feeling standing there in the middle of the Texas plains watching this ominous thunderstorm sweep across the sky and wondering if I was pushing my luck just a wee bit much. Needless to say, we made quick work of shooting at this “location”.

Have a great Halloween or Samhain (if you’re from the old country) this weekend!


Touchdown – Claude, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/16 for 1.3 seconds at ISO 100 with a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 and Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro plug-in.

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7 thoughts on “Touchdown?

    • Thanks Terry.

      I’ve been eyeing your recent work and I think I may have to drive up your way next fall and spend a few weeks visiting some of your favorite spots. You recent images have been spectacular to say the least.


  1. hi Jeff,

    Awesome pics as always. How do you get the great colors? Is it due to the SR warming polarizers? Or Nik Color Efex? I have recently started using the SR warming polarizer, but never get such punchy colors and contrasts? I have never used Nik Color Efex?



    • Sm,

      Thanks for reading. In this case the deep blue color of the storm was just as it looked through the camera. All I used Nik’s plug-in for was to soften the clouds’ edges while keeping the grass crisp & sharp. Nik’s control points technology makes this easier than using layer masks in PS.


  2. Wow … beautiful color transitions and contrasts! I’ve recently decided that being a landscape photographer is sometimes a little too much like being a storm chaser! Getting the best shots often means hovering right on the edge of some pretty dramatic weather events! Glad you decided to shoot this one …. it’s great!

    • Cheryl,

      Thanks for reading! Some times you just have to throw caution to the wind (no pun intended) to capture a dramatic image. Life is too short not to take the chance every once in a while.


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