#Lr_Weather photo by @neilkryszak || There was an intense lightning storm in LA last spring, so I set my camera tripod up facing the skyline from my bedroom window. The storm moved away, I thought I missed it. I left everything set up and went to sleep until I woke up around 2 am to even more intense thunder and lightning. • Everything was good to go, so I jumped out of bed and hit the shutter while the entire skyline filled with lightning at once. It was incredible to witness and made for a really satisfying capture.
#Lr_Weather photo by @nick_ulivieri || I set up my gear and watched as towering clouds incessantly lit up over the south suburbs on Friday night. Instead of shooting wide, I zoomed in for some close-ups. I loved how the serpentine bolts were illuminating the textures formed by the rolling clouds. At 10 miles away, it was far enough to demonstrate its scale and strong enough to provide constant lightning. Most importantly, the air was free of clouds, rain, and humidity, so my view of the action was crystal clear. • A few hours later, I ventured back out after midnight to catch the second, more powerful storm as it directly hit Chicago. Unfortunately, not a single cloud-to-antenna bolt dropped from the sky. I didn't get the shots I wanted but still came away with a couple of cool, moody frames of the skyline backlit by cloud flashes. All told, it was worth the sleep deprivation.
#Lr_Weather photo by @danielschrammfotografie || My girlfriend and I were on our way to the summit when a very strong storm surprised us. The plan to stay on the summit wasn't possible and we urgently needed to find shelter. • After a very hectic and intense hike, we found shelter in a hut, where we stayed overnight. After the storm was over, the sun broke through the clouds and produced this incredible light and atmosphere.
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#Lr_Weather photo by @jordhammond || I captured this photo on my first day in Iceland. We drove straight from the airport to this spot, arriving around 1 a.m. My friend ran down the road to begin the climb up to this peak. Then, it was just a waiting game until the fog cleared enough to get the shot!
#Lr_Weather photo by @mpthecomebackid || I took this on my iPhone last New Year’s Eve when I was home for the holidays in NYC. This winter night was abnormally rainy yet warm. The rain illuminated the city down by the Fulton Center. • NYC in the rain is magical. I couldn’t resist the urge to chase some lights and umbrellas before the whole city celebrated the new year. The colorful Fulton Center in the background combined with the umbrella in the foreground made for some compelling elements! I always look forward to a rainy night in NYC whenever I visit!
#Lr_Weather photo by @elisabethontheroad || Much like astrophotography, there is so much more to see after you hit the shutter on a storm. Lightning is fast, but sometimes you can catch it, and sometimes it really does have a pinkish-purple hue to it. This shot is a bit grainy and overexposed, but I love the colors, and it’s closest to what my eyes picked up when we were shooting CG (cloud-to-ground ) bolts outside of Dalhart, Texas one evening. After capturing some video, I kept my camera on my tripod and manually fired off a few frames. As a result, we got this shot. • Announcing this month’s new theme: #Lr_Weather Make sure to share your stormy photos with us and tag #Lr_Weather for a chance to be featured on the Lightroom Instagram page!
Photo by @elisabethontheroad || We only had a few minutes to shoot this storm, but I was still able to set up my tripod for a few shots on my wide-angle. Shortly after we snapped a few dozen photos of this supercell in eastern Texas, it merged with two other nearby storms and continued to Kansas where it turned into a tornado later in the evening. While we were able to make it out safely, a 60-mph wind gust ripped the glasses right off Kelly’s ( @kelldelay ) face, so it was quite an eventful day!
Photo by @elisabethontheroad || It’s not just about photographing storms for me. It’s also about the undulation of the grass and the magic light after the swirling skies pass. When you’re not getting blasted with hail and gale-force winds, rain is a pretty soothing sound. • In addition to the full sensory experience of chasing storms, I'm always looking for the perfect patch of wheat when I chase. If I see something I like, I'll ditch my wide-angle lens for my 24-70mm f/2.8 and play around with the details. While shooting a supercell in eastern Colorado, I did just that, and it's one of my favorite detail shots to date, as I love the contrast between the dark gray skies and the golden wheat. • Find out more photography tips and storm chasing secrets from @elisabethontheroad and @kellydelay at the link in our bio!
Photo by @elisabethontheroad || Chasing storms means driving thousands of miles in the span of a few days, and sometimes the plains just seem to go on forever. You pass by feedlots, fast food joints and small towns that either take you back six decades—or make you feel like you’re in a foreign country. But there is also an indescribable charm to rural America. • The more time I spend out here, the more I find myself loving it. When my partner Kelly DeLay ( @kellydelay ) drove us in-between storms in eastern Colorado one day, this cloud caught my eye, and though the truck appears to be driving under it, the storm is still miles away.
Photo by @elisabethontheroad || Hi everybody, my name is Elisabeth Brentano ( @elisabethontheroad ) and I’ll be taking over the Lightroom Instagram page this week alongside my colleague Kelly DeLay ( @kellydelay ). We’ll be talking about our relationship to storm chasing and will be sharing some insights into this crazy hobby of ours. Hope you all enjoy. • Finding compositions in the plains can be tough. Not only are you looking to capture the best angle of the storm, but you are also watching yourself so that you don’t get caught in it. There are a lot of fences, structures, animals and plants you can use as foreground elements, but coming across the right place at the right time (with the right light ) is never a guarantee. • When Kelly DeLay ( @kellydelay ) and I were driving around one afternoon outside of Dalhart, Texas, we slowly made our way down a dirt road and stumbled across the perfect patch of sunflowers. With this pop of color and powerful supercell overhead in the distance, this was an amazing place to sit and watch the storm roll through.
Photo by @wanderboy__ || This is the largest Linga in Hampi. Located next to the Lakshmi Narasimha statue, the Linga is housed inside a chamber with an opening in the front. The sanctum in which the Linga is installed is always filled with water, as a water channel is made to flow through it. • My friend and I woke up early to visit the Badavilinga temple. We had to get there right on time to capture this beautiful, morning ritual by the priest. • This priest does something unthinkable, every day. He worships Shivalinga and in the process, he steps onto it. But no one calls it sacrilege. For 86-year-old KN Krishna Bhat—who has been the priest at the lesser-known Badavilinga temple in the world-famous Hampi heritage site for decades—the daily puja is a bit of an adventure. • With the three-meter tall monolithic idol dwarfing the pint-sized man, he has no option but to cling to the structure while clearing it of the previous day’s flowers. In the absence of a ladder or scaffolding in the water-logged temple, he steps on the base of the Shivalinga for support. He hangs onto it and applies bhasma (vibhuti ) and vermilion to the idol before returning to the doors of the eternally flooded temple.
#Lr_Light photo by @justy ldn|| The Gardens by the Bay is an iconic spot in Singapore, so I had a shot like this in mind for a while. I arrived far before the crowds did, giving me time to line up this shot. • I was lucky to have this stream of light catching the waterfall, though I had to work hard to soften the light in the image because the sun outside was overwhelming. • This was my first time in Singapore, and the perfect location to begin my first solo around-the-world adventure! After only seeing these places through others’ images, I was so happy to capture my own memory.
#Lr_Light photo by @danielkrakan || Several weeks ago, my family and I traveled to Cuba’s capital city, Havana. The second I entered this beautiful place, I was immediately immersed by the rich culture Havana had to offer. There’s so much character on every street, and the people are some of the kindest and most generous I have ever met. • Although some of the surrounding buildings around here may be a little run-down, those colorful vintage cars are something else. It’s so cool to see how much pride the locals take in their cars. • Traveling to Havana had been on my bucket list for a while now, and I’m happy to be able to scratch that one-off. For those of you who have never been, I recommend going, you will not be disappointed!
#Lr_Light photo by @renan_ozturk || This was shot on the ‘Sawtooth Traverse’ in the High Sierras of California while we were in a bivouac (a temporary camp ) beyond the ridge, just after sunset. • Biting wind, dehydration, hunger, altitude sickness and a bit of fear—sometimes climbing makes no sense at all. But, sharing my stories in these places makes it worth it, and so does the simple joy of moving across these seldom-touched skylines, like kids on a playground.
Photo by @mmeyers76 for #Lr_Light || This photo is from the first morning of a huge, 10-day road trip. I’d never been to the Valley of Fire before, so I wanted to experience every moment of the trip, starting with the sunrise. • I snapped this shot of @mindz eye as he was shooting down the road, and it just happened to be perfect. We had gorgeous light during the sunrise, and it really set the tone for the rest of the trip.
Photo by @yantastic for #Lr_Light || I was on a San Francisco Bay cruise just before sunset, and I guess I just happened to be at the right place at the right time. • It was hazy and moody, with the sun just barely peeking out behind the bridge. The boat was moving quickly, so I whipped out my camera and quickly snapped a few photos. This was one of them.
Photo by @fameisficklefood for #Lr_Light || If photography has taught me one thing, it’s patience. I can take over 2,000 photos in one evening, but only one will see the light of day. This is one of them. • After a long, grueling hike in terrible weather, the most challenging part of this whole experience was sitting and waiting for that rare moment when light breaks through the clouds, or, in this case, when an epic lightning show gives you a glimpse of brilliance.
Photo by @George_and_troja || In Norway, we have over 450,000 freshwater lakes. Most were created by glacial erosion, and this is one of them. • Every year, after the long winter months have passed and the snow is gone, the locals from the village hike up to this deep and dark hidden lake to catch large fish (trout ) for their summer feasts. The hike up to this lake is a rough, one-hour climb and can be a challenge for dogs and pets. Some parts of the route are so steep you must help your pet. • When you arrive at the top, you will be met with a fantastic view of the lake, which is a great place to catch your breath.
Photo by @tkbm4410 for #Lr_Light || The neon from the building signs reflected Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood onto the road. To me, it looked exactly like a river made of light. When I take pictures on a rainy day, I always start from this place. • When you exit Shinjuku Station to the south and turn right, it becomes a little slope. The wet, reflective sidewalks in the rain turn the scene into a neon wonderland. When I shot this, it was raining hard, so there were fewer pedestrians than usual. Because of this, I was able to capture the reflection of the light on the road.
Photo by @gartentashi for #Lr_Light || One day, I was on the search for a poppy field. There were not many poppies around my previous home. Over the years, I only found a few lonely poppies here and there. • This year, we were moving to a new place. After one visit to our new home, I immediately saw poppies resting at the edge of a field of grains. The light was enchanting. I thought to myself, “This must be a good omen.” 😉
Photo by @airpixels for #Lr_Light || My first day in China, I arrived late to Guilin and made the decision to skip sleep and go down to the Li River for sunrise. • As I travel further up the river, a fisherman starts paddling downward to meet me. • The fog is moving in and out over the river, revealing the beautiful, karst mountains in the background before it suddenly disappears again. The sun pops over the mountain, and for a second, everything looks like a fairytale.
Photo by @shreyasyadav0 || It was a cold winter’s evening, and daylight was fading fast. The darkness of night was spreading across the forest. We were on our journey back, when a mysterious, cat-shaped silhouette popped up on the side of the road, peering between two trees. As we slowed to a stop, the shape appeared from the shadows. We were stunned to see a leopard! • For the past decade, I took multiple trips to this forest in search of leopards and black panthers but was never successful. I was so happy to finally capture this shot; my dedication finally paid off. • This is my favorite photo because the leopard’s eyes are gorgeous and green, just like the surrounding forest.
Photo by @maxbluey for #Lr_Light || This was taken near Fürth, a small city in Bavaria. I was searching for poppies because at this time of the year poppies bloom in their full magnificence. • While I was roaming around, it started to rain, but the sun was still shining. I thought this would be the perfect shot: wet poppies kissed with the beautiful light of a warm sunset. After a few shots, I decided to change my point of view. I know that people hardly ever change their point of view, which often leads to missing the good things around them! I try to fight against that notion, so, I looked to the right and saw this amazing rainbow. • I was torn between capturing the poppies and the rainbow, trying to shoot both sides. I couldn’t really decide which perspective I wanted. But these moments of struggle are why I love photography. Sometimes the most beautiful shots come out of the most unexpected conditions.
Photo by @broniveller for #Lr_Light || My friend and I had planned to wake up early and visit the Tegallalang Rice Terrace in the morning. We wanted to get there at first light to avoid tourists and soak in the landscape. • It proved to be a real challenge to wake up at 4 a.m. and ride a motorcycle for two hours. But, it all paid off when we arrived at the destination. Tegallalang’s rice fields are so beautiful in the morning. I love the fresh morning air combined with the green scenery and the beautiful sun rays. It was truly unforgettable.
Photo by @navajomylo for #Lr_Light || In April of 2010, a few days before my birthday, I had a dream so vivid that I remember waking up in a panic at 2:18 a.m. In my dream, the sunrise was strong. The light was clear – no smog or dust in the air. Most of all, I recall how intensely quiet it was: so quiet I could only hear the sound of my own breath and heartbeat. • I viewed this dream as a vision or invitation to visit the place. The day before my birthday, I packed my gear, drove and camped out. That night, it rained and snowed. I felt like an idiot chasing a crazy dream. The next morning, the roads were so wet that all valley tours were canceled in the park. • But later that morning, it was just as I had dreamed. That exposure won me quite a few awards and also helped me financially. Now, I use the proceeds from my photography to bring light to homes across the American Southwest. • Announcing this month’s new theme: #Lr_Light Make sure to share your bright photos with us and tag #Lr_Light for a chance to be featured on the Lightroom Instagram page!
Photo by @navajomylo || Before we had BB guns, we ran around with cedar branches from our treehouses. We never played Cowboys and Indians because we knew John Wayne couldn’t kill 10 Indians with one shot. Our metal Transformer toys lasted through all the Rez dirt, and we all wanted to be Ultimate Warrior when we wrestled. • During those early years, my father took me everywhere. We never camped, but we took a ton of day trips all over Northern Arizona and into Southern Utah. He’s seen and supported my growth behind the camera, but one important thing he’s taught me is simply to put everything down and view the land. • This is my favorite kind of "time out." Nowadays, when we are both home, we often head out, and he still shows me these awesome places. He wants me to photograph them, but I’ll often leave the lenses, filters and tripods behind. I believe these trips are about spending time with him and, in a way, putting everything aside. • I can’t thank my mother and father enough for allowing me to spend so much time in nature. When I took this exposure, the only living thing I saw was an old coyote. I called him in from afar while playing my Native American flute. Out here, sounds can travel across the plains.
Photo by @navajomylo || 40 years ago, my father scouted this location for a film crew. We still have a photograph of him standing on the left ridge. The production crew never actually made it here due to the treacherous road conditions; they filmed his scenes in a different canyon. • In my elementary school years, my father took me here too, and I was amazed at the view. It’s one of those places you just don’t forget. Well over a decade ago, this image became one of my early exposures from my 4x5 large format view camera. If you pinch and zoom, you’ll see loads of dust spots, vertical scratches on the emulsion and a soft foreground (amongst other imperfections ). • One thing my father taught me was that, as we see in nature, beauty can still exist with imperfections. Mother nature has changed over time, but regardless of her disasters – natural or inflicted by mankind – she is always beautiful and powerful! My father taught me so much about nature in this spot. I am grateful for my footprints that remind me of where I’ve been and teach me to have a strong, next step as we continue to Walk in Beauty…the Navajo way.
Photo by @navajomylo || Hi everybody, my name is Mylo Fowler ( @navajomylo ) and I’ll be taking over the Lightroom Instagram page this week. I'll show you a little bit of the light in my work, where I take proceeds from my exposures to light up more homes all over the Southwest. As a photographer, one of my favorite times of day is just before the sun goes down and everything gets dark. I love it, not because I get to photograph the stars, but because I know people all around the Navajo Reservation get to push a button in their homes and have light for the very first time. • Early this morning around 2 a.m., I was reading while lying in bed when a small voice in my head, almost like a whisper in the wind, reminded me to “just look at nature.” This is now a mantra I live by. The beauty around us has weathered many storms. Many years of rough, torrential water carved out this Navajo sandstone landscape to appear as it is today. • I feel this way about each of us. Life isn’t always easy, and, at times, it is meant to be endured. When the many storms are weathered, we all will have something beautiful like this hillside.
Photo by @cumacevikphoto for #Lr_Wander || I took this photo near Mount Erciyes in Turkey. I wanted to capture a close-up photo, but I knew I couldn’t get *too* close without scaring the horses. I followed them for almost two kilometers before I got the perfect shot. • When this group paused for a while, they let me approach them. They made sure to keep a bit of distance, but they didn’t run away. Instead, they watched me with timid eyes as I took this photo. Getting close to these wild animals was an incredibly emotional moment for me.
Photo by @st_ella for #Lr_Wander || A few weeks ago, my friend and I drove to visit Hangzhou. The temple you see in this photo is called the Chenghuang Pavilion. It is one of the most famous spots in this area. • The sun was setting at the exact moment I took this photo. I felt very fortunate that the temple lit up right at the same time. In the background, behind the temple, you can see the entire city of Hangzhou. I love that I was able to capture this combination of old and new.
Photo by @rainerblickle for #Lr_Wander || My wife and I were on vacation touring around Italy. The Amalfi Coast was our last stop of the week-long trip. We had one free day, so we asked the hotel concierge where to go. She told us to visit Ravello. • It’s a quaint town set in the hills away from the coast, which makes it automatically less touristy. The town is home to Villa Rufolo, which is where this picture was taken. We were hesitant to pay the 10 euro entrance fee, but it was worth it. As we walked around the beautiful garden lining the back of the property, I noticed a large tree overlooking the ocean below and had to take this shot. • Big shout out to my wife for letting me use her camera after I dropped mine in the ocean a couple of days earlier!
Photo by @stefanogera for #Lr_Wander || A few kilometers from the shouting of tourists visiting Pisa and its iconic leaning tower, there is an island of nature that remains silent and far from the changes of urbanization. It is the Natural Park of Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli, a protected site that includes wetlands, marshes, coastal dunes, and the great Lake Massaciuccoli, a once-ancient, brackish lagoon. • I’ve seen this avenue of trees photographed over the years, and finally, I had the chance to see it with my own eyes! I decided to go for a walk in the afternoon, and I discovered this enchanting and quiet place, where fallow deer live and where the light spills through the tree branches, creating a magical atmosphere. • If I didn’t know better, I would have thought I was in a fairytale.
Photo by @sebastianeppler for #Lr_Wander || New York is my absolute favorite city. I was there for a week in January this year. I'm always fascinated by this city, and I feel like I’m in a movie when I walk through the streets. I try to travel on foot in order to discover new streets and neighborhoods, and my camera always comes with me. • This photo was taken on a freezing cold winter’s evening in January. I really wanted to photograph this iconic view from the Manhattan Bridge looking onto the Brooklyn Bridge. The wind blew icy cold, and I struggled to hold my camera. I could not feel my fingers. I was about to leave when suddenly the sky behind the buildings began to light up. There was something magical about the skyline. Sometimes the light and mood of a setting can change in just a few minutes, and it's well worth the wait.
Photo by @sharynhodges for #Lr_Wander || When Dominique and Frank first asked me to photograph their “Trash the Dress” shoot on honeymoon in Namibia, I thought they were joking. Then, I became delighted by the possibilities in front of us. • I found myself at Deadvlei, Namibia. I did the usual day-before-the-shoot rekkie (Australian slang for “reconnaissance” ). It was February, one of the hottest months in the Southern Hemisphere. Despite the heat, those wispy clouds, those dead trees, the orange dunes and the white river bed brought out all kinds of inspiration. The shoot was beyond epic. Happy clients, happy photography!
Photo by @erenjam for #Lr_Wander || This was taken at the famous Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, where I was hoping to capture some long exposures. I saw this guy on a bike and thought it would be really cool if I could capture some light trails with him frozen beside them. Fortunately, he must of been having a very interesting conversation on his phone as he hardly moved an inch. It was one of those rare, lucky moments where a scene played out exactly as I wanted it to.
Photo by @ahmetgultekinphoto for #Lr_Wander || The Italian region of Tuscany is especially known to food- and wine-lovers for its delicious local fare. However, it also has a lesser-known appeal for photographers, particularly in the spring. Tuscany provides a visual feast at this time of year, and I was lucky enough to visit! • I was not very lucky, however, with the weather. It rained for four days continuously until the morning when this picture was taken. When the rain finally broke, the sunrise was so beautiful that it seemed to make up for all the gloomy days. The early-morning light and that little a bit of fog were all I needed. • The fog decorated the road like a beautiful painting, and my friend jumped into the shot as my model. It was an unforgettable experience.
Photo by @silkymerman with @tinyatlasquarterly for #Lr_Wander || It’s been over a month since I’ve arrived home. I’m sitting at my desk, drinking lukewarm coffee, and eating day-old pizza. I’ve found myself in between a state of eagerness and near-painful nostalgia. My travel partner, Gabe, couldn’t have been closer to the truth when he confidently stated, “Mexico will take hold of you.” • I didn’t know it at the time, but that short stint south of the border would infatuate my mind for weeks to come. I don’t think I can pinpoint one particular person or event that aroused this insatiable wanderlust. It is a cumulative concoction of nature, food, music, dance and conversation. I can still taste that morning coffee – overflowing with freshly squeezed coconut milk on my tongue. I drift back to these long nights by a raging bonfire – the smell of lime and woodsmoke wafting over a bioluminescent coastline. I can still feel my feet stumbling through an impromptu salsa lesson, a skill I’ve since vowed to improve. • As a resident of Hawaii, I thought I mastered the art of relaxation. However, there is a certain pace (or lack of cell service ) in Guerrero, Mexico that made me appreciate the slow times more than ever. • This month is all about that wanderlust! Share your travel pictures this month and tag #Lr_Wander for a chance to be featured on the @Lightroom Instagram page.