Canyon Lake Monsoon Panoramic

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© Mike Olbinski

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Sometimes it's hard to capture all the detail you want in a single image, so you have to go for the panoramic. I definitely recommend clicking on the photo to see the larger version. This picture is from my recent stormchasing adventure with my buddy Bryan. We drove down Apache Trail towards Canyon Lake and stopped just a little short of it to climb to the top of this hill to see what we could see.

Yes, I'll verify that Bryan warned me that we were watching an approaching monsoon thunderstorm and the hill we chose to shoot from also had a couple of giant supports for powerlines on it, but that's for the faint of heart to worry about!

What we loved about this spot was the color of the hills in contrast to stormy skies in the background. The sunlight from behind us still shown a little on them and it made for an awesome sight. You can see Canyon Lake on the left, with a massive downpour behind it. Some more rain is falling just behind the hills in the center of the photo, and the entire storm was moving slowly towards us.

By the time we climbed down and drove a little more, it started pouring pretty good.

Those hills and mountains around the Superstitions really created some amazing vistas to use when photographing our beautiful monsoons season here in Arizona. Hoping to get out there again sometime soon.

For those interested, this is a merge of three HDR shots created from three-bracketed images each.

You can see the full-sized (sorta) version on my blog: MikeOlbinski.com

5 responses

  • Kelly Maize

    Kelly Maize gave props (6 Aug 2010):

    Nice work, Mike.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (6 Aug 2010):

    Amazing!! You are so right about the sunlight on the hills....what a gorgeous glow!! Glad you made it down safely!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield said (6 Aug 2010):

    Also, the view in lightbox is incredible!!!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (7 Aug 2010):

    WOW!! This is stunning!!!

  • Sabrina Raymond

    Sabrina Raymond gave props (13 Aug 2010):

    Wonderful detail and the sky!!!

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