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The Storm Catcher-2 by kkart The Storm Catcher-2 by kkart
Ok, this photograph....I was rather speechless when I took this shot and I have a story to tell about it as well. So away we go!
While down iCrested Butte, Colorado this Fall photographing the incredible Fall color, I ran upon a cozy little spot that was...well absolutely perfect. There was only one problem. It was on the property of a horse & cattle ranch. Now, I am not one to be on people's property without permission to get a photograph but I am also not what you would call the reserved type either lol I figured what have I have to lose, I'll go knock on the ranchers door and ask him if it's ok if I can take some photographs on his property where I wanted to be. I have all my gear around my neck, my clothes look like I have been crawling around on my belly in the dirt and muck for a month...worst he can say is "no", right? Right. Well, I didn't have to do that because 30 seconds later up come a pickup with a horse trailer and here the rancher was. He rolled down his window, looked at me, smiled and said "can I help you" to which I grinned "I hope so! I really want to get down there to photograph the landscape you have in your is utterly incredible". He smiled, looked at me and said "you only have about 15 minutes before that wind, snow and rain is down here in the valley, so you had better hurry! Get going! Want any hot coffee!?" I looked at him with excitement and said no but I am going to send you a print for this, I thank you tremendously!" His response? --"I'll hang it above the fireplace!" And this is one of the photographs I managed to take from his property. Photographed using my Sony A77 with a Sigma 170-500mm lens to get in close and to get the composition I wanted. The clouds were just amazing....dancing, twirling......and that sky was as dark as I have ever seen a sky.....I was over the moon when I clicked this exposure. Next up? Getting a print of this off to him as quickly as I can. 
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BlueWolfDreaming Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
Bravo for your stories... they are just as gripping as your magnificent photographs !!
ancoben Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Absolutely stunning
Michawolf13 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*.* excellent shot! 
danUK86 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014   General Artist
Great mood and colours :)
hummbuzz Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
Spectacular! And the story brought a smile to my face. :heart:
XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
Amazing contrast in colours!!
JohnAshleigh Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014   Writer
An awe-inspiring shot.
hernandezr Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
What did he say when you send him the print? It seems like the gray of the mountain is eating the colors of the valley; very impressive!
MaximeDaviron Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Professional Photographer
Nice job !
caroro Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I just love how that strong wind is blowing all that dry snow off the top of the mountain. You can almost feel the chill!
snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
really great pic :)
Jacks-mom Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I thought that was fire at first - what a beautiful landscape!
eagle79 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Really lovely work, John!
Silvery-Tears Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Fantastically beautiful,- and yet very fierce-looking. I imagine that what followed wasn't a sweet ride. Looks like you've had a great time, traveling through those mountains.
salutarysalamander Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
That's quite a story--and image. 
slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
100% Eye Candy. Uber superb.
Words do it no justice but you did well trying and we thank you for the insight.
Manlarr Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014   Photographer
Awesome photograph and a wonderful story!
Iavas Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Landscape photographs, while beautiful, rarely capture the feeling of a scene well enough to take my breath away. This is an amazing exception - I can only imagine what it was like actually being there at that moment. Fantastic shot and fantastic place. That man is lucky to live in a place of such beauty.
Alembic-Lynx Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
Exceptional Story, Beautiful Photo, And That Sigma 170-500 is a beautiful piece of glass too, a friend here in my town, has one and has let me borrow a few times ...But never to acquire such quality as you have in this image  Stunning  :iconthumbsupplz:
MYPeanutGallery Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Great photo and a wonderful story!
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
He's gonna love it.. great capture John.. and now you have a new friend
hclausen Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful capture.  Good for you and that kind rancher.
Did it snow?
LASKANWLF Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
Great shot!!  :clap:
rotti3000 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow....amazing shot :)
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Sep 29, 2014 5:55:58 PM -06:00
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