Photos by @aundre || Hey there, it's @aundre, your friendly neighborhood portrait photographer. I am doing a little takeover of the @Lightroom feed to share some of my recent work with @thenorthface about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. They invited me, @monicagreatgal, @nathanzed, @juliansley, @maiareillyw and the badass @kitdski to go to the refuge and see its vastness firsthand.⠀
Let me tell you, it was one hell of an introduction: from this being my first time this far from home, to camping in one of the most remote places in the United States, to listening to the Hula-Hula River run and watching caribou study us from afar. If we sat still for long enough, animals would just walk by our campground. We were visitors in their home.⠀
Want to learn more? Head over to my page (@aundre) to see more. Be well. #neverstopexploring#protectthearctic
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Watch as @aundre takes us through his journey to Alaska and tells us about all that he learned while photographing and while editing in Lightroom.
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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!
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#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!
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#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!
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Photos by @kellydelay || People don’t typically realize this, but storms have a sort of pulse. Supercells are rotating storms. Moving along, they create a lot of energy. This “pulse” is apparent when you watch one. When you see a lightning strike, start counting to yourself. How close together are the flashes? Over time, you will begin to sense a pattern. Then, just as the storm is dying down, there always seems to be one last big strike or charge of lightning.
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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!
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Watch as @elisabethontheroad navigates rural plains around the country, all in hopes of successfully capturing the perfect storm through photography.
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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!
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Photos by @kellydelay || I have always loved storms and all things weather-related. I gravitated towards them immediately. When I was in 8th grade, I built a camera for my school’s science fair to capture lightning on film. From then on, the two passions became perpetually linked. Transitioning to storm chasing on the plains was a natural progression.⠀
Ten years ago, I worked on this ‘Clouds 365’ project, which had me taking pictures of the sky every day. After that, I was invited on a storm chasing tour, and have been hooked ever since!
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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.
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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.
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