Eye of the Storm

I hadn’t planned on going out today, mainly because the weather forecast was for a lot of rain, wind and generally poor conditions. In fact, there have been weather warnings and deaths in the UK, and the wind has reached speeds of, I’m told, 50mph in my neck of the woods and much faster elsewhere.

In the morning the rain was heavy and the wind strong, as expected. However, around lunchtime I looked out of the window and suddenly there was no rain, no clouds, and the sun was shining. Moreover, there was a lovely daytime moon out right opposite from my living room window.

Exposure 1/1000sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, exposure bias -1.0, 300mm focal length

As it was drying up (in the atmosphere at least, the ground was obviously still very wet) I decided to head out to try to get a better angle and maybe experiment with photographing some reflections in the puddles.

It was a pain attempting to get the autofocus to lock onto the moon. It kept hunting around and locking into foreground objects, if anything.

Exposure 1/1600sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, exposure bias -1.0, 235mm focal length

I tried taking a shot of the daylight moon in a puddle. In hindsight, I should’ve closed up the aperture a bit or tried forcibly focusing on the moon. I guess I wasn’t really paying attention.

Exposure 1/250sec, f/5, ISO 100, exposure bias -0.33, 140mm focal length

After this I side-tracked into taking pictures of puddles, most of which weren’t all that visually appealing, apart from this image.

Exposure 1/250sec, f/4.5, ISO 100, exposure bias -0.33, 70mm focal length

After that, I headed back home to have lunch. That, and the clouds were beginning to roll back in.

Exposure 1/6sec, f/14, ISO 100, exposure bias -0.33, 18mm focal length
Exposure 1/8sec, f/5.6, ISO 320, exposure bias -0.33, 69mm focal length

Which, as ever, left the cat looking out, wanting me to change the weather. When she eventually learns that I am not able to actually do that I’m not sure I could live with the disappointment.

Exposure 1/50sec, f/4.5, ISO 100, exposure bias -0.33, 18mm focal length

This time the rain didn’t last long, and the skies cleared just after the sun had set.

Despite the title of this post, we really weren’t hit at all by any storms; sure, the weather was bad, but nothing compared to other parts of the country. 

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