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Mono Inspirations Winner: Kevin Reaves

Crawford County Farm, USA
Canon 5D Mk III, Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS, f/16, 125sec, ISO 400

I had found this particular farm one evening when scouting out a place to shoot the meteor shower from. What drew my interest to this sight was the one lone tree and the expanse of sky looking south by southwest.

One afternoon, upon coming home from work, a nasty storm was brewing just to the west of my home and so I decided to toss the camera gear in the truck and head out to the farm. At the displeasure of my wife, whom was worried about my safety, off I went to do a little 'storm chasing'.

I got to the farm and pulled off the road – set up my tripod and camera and started firing away, knowing that the rain would probably start at any moment. I managed to get off some 20 or so frames before the winds really picked up and the rain began to fall. No sooner had I put away my gear and the hail and heavy rain began pelting my truck with golf ball size chunks of ice. I waited for the hail to subside and drove back towards my home.

The following day I heard that a tornado touched down near the area I was standing and did some extensive damage to the forest across the street from the farm. Sadly, this old tree has gone through 3 tornados over the last couple of years and does not look so beautiful any longer. Every time I drive by this old farm, I always remember this particular time when I was able to photograph this storm with all its 'crazy' clouds.

We wish to congratulate this month’s 'Monochromatic Inspirations' winner. This lovely picture can be viewed in High Definition in the latest issue of the magazine


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