Part three of this post series on stormchasing photos. If you haven’t already, part 1 can be viewed here and part 2 can be viewed here. I’m going to save the best 2 photos in this post for last so you’ll have to read on to see them
This storm cell I chased for a couple of hours as it slowly moved west between Toowoomba and Allora. This was a relatively small cell and wasn’t letting off any lightning or hail so I was quite content to drive in and out of it as I chased it across the plains.
This is the 2nd post in this series about stormchasing. For those that haven’t seen part 1 you can view it here.
Summer has been good on the Darling Downs with plenty of storm action. To start this post off, I’ll show you a small storm I caught over Toowoomba city. These 3 images show how quickly the sky can change in a storm cell. This first shot was the sky to the west of the storm and it looks really pleasant. The sun rays (crepuscular rays) give it a nice calm feel.
Over the past few weeks we’ve had a few thunder storms on the Darling Downs and I took a bit of time off for myself to spend a couple of afternoons chasing them around. Some people see storm chasers as a bit mad and I would probably agree (yep, I’m mad ), but it’s a great feeling to catch up to a thunder storm and chase it from multiple sides through rain, hail and lightning. I’m going to split this post into multiple posts
This first photo was taken on a trip up to Picnic Point as the storm skirted north around Toowoomba along the edge of the Range.
This was one of those being there at the right place at the right time kind of shots. I was following this storm on the weather radar and I know it would track along the edge of the Toowoomba Range. With this in mind I went up to Picnic Point in Toowoomba that has great views out over the Lockyer Valley and I knew I could get a good shot of the passing storm. After hanging around for an hour I was getting ready to pack up and head home when the sun broke though the clouds in the west. If you know anything about rainbows you know that they appear on the opposite side of the sky to the sun. This was one of those had to be there moments and a fantastic rainbow appeared that intersected the storm. This shot went viral on Facebook and has got me a lot of attention of late. A lot of people have asked me if this is fake. I guarantee 100% that this was a real photo and this actually happened.
Sunday afternoon Kiarn from Natural Beauty Photography and I went out on a short storm chase which didn’t go as well as we had planned but we still came away with a few photos from the day.
This was a shot of the storm we were chsing but just couldn’t catch about 20 minutes after sunset.