Storm over the ruin

I have been sitting on this photo for a while now and I thought it might be a good time to share.

The image is of an abandoned house between Kapunda and Greenoch in South Australia. It is often photographed and I wanted to see if I could photograph it with a dramatic sky.
It was an afternoon of amazing light, localised showers and the constant threat of thunderstorms, My daughter is an avid storm chaser so it wasn’t too hard to convince her to go out, so we drove around for a while and just checked out the sky.

I have had a shot like this in the back of my mind for a while and I knew the conditions to get it to happen are fairly rare so we made our way to the farmhouse. The light was fading fast but the sky was great, I was hoping to catch a lightning strike but it was not to be. 30 min after this was taken the sky turned a brilliant red before the sun finally slipped away. This image is a good example of waiting for the light, the light “literally” makes the image and for landscape work it makes or breaks the shot.  For this image the golden light complements the straw and the bricks.

Once I got home and reviewed the shots I was pretty happy with the results, the sky came out really well and the light on the building is perfect.

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