Camera: Nikon D90
Focal Length: 16mm
Shutter Speed: 1/40 sec
Note: Brian Spence took this photo of an approaching storm in Sacramento, California (wiki link). Titled “Beautiful Danger”, the photo portrays storm clouds that produced tornado’s throughout the area that day. Although there is no tornado in sight, you can see the power and beauty of mother nature with this capture. On the left side of the photo you can see hard rain from the clouds stream towards the field, while on the right side is dark calm clouds before the approaching storm. Excellent Capture!
Tip: Shooting rain, stormy conditions and lightning in mother nature can produce very interesting photos. One technique is to use a slower shutter speed. A slower shutter speed (exposure, wiki link) of 1/40 of a second allowed for the streaks of rain to appear more fluid and streak-like. Use longer shutter speeds for increased smoothness in your shot. A tripod is needed when using slow shutter speeds to avoid unintentional blurriness.