Sun Busting Through Stormclouds at NASA

 

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Follow me @TreyRatcliff and the #NASATweetup hashtag on Twitter.

Also, Robert Scoble (and many others) will be with me at the launch, and I figure we’ll be using Google+ quite a bit too to post updates, photos, and the like, so that’s another fun place to watch.

Daily Photo – Sun Busting Through Stormclouds at NASA

I was in the Tweetup tent doing something terribly important but completely inscrutable when Stu Maschwitz came in and told me that the storm clouds were breaking upon our shores. So I got my little rig and went outside to see the matter.

We get these kind of huge powerful summer clouds in Texas too. The kind that roll in on a too-hot day and you have a feeling that something powerful is a-comin’. You tie down the cows and take the favorite sheep down to the basement because it’s gonna be a long night…

The sun darted in and out of the clouds, and I grabbed it just as it peeked through a small hole it tore in the thunderhead.

Sun Busting Through Stormclouds at NASAI was in the Tweetup tent doing something terribly important but completely inscrutable when Stu Maschwitz came in and told me that the storm clouds were breaking upon our shores.  So I got my little rig and went outside to see the matter.We get these kind of huge powerful summer clouds in Texas too.  The kind that roll in on a too-hot day and you have a feeling that something powerful is a-comin'.  You tie down the cows and take the favorite sheep down to the basement because it's gonna be a long night...The sun darted in and out of the clouds, and I grabbed it just as it peeked through a small hole it tore in the thunderhead.- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • Susan

    Awesome thunderstorm shot Trey – yes, I remember those all too well in Texas – scary – now just have to worry about the pictures falling off the walls! Looking forward to Atlantis launch!

  • http://1138Studios.com Thelonious Gonzo

    You got me Suze.

  • Patrick Ahles

    Let’s hope the weather won’t be too bad coming Friday! Although it would fit my calendar better if it were delayed for just an hour or two… ;)

  • http://www.kelleybard.com Kelley Bard

    Love it! and I like the angle. We will be watching the launch, and I’ll probably have one eye on twitter and one eye on google+ to see what’s up there! Here’s hoping for a perfect one (although with a bit of sadness over it being the last).

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/35422436@N06/ George Green

    Gonzo – who cares who’s first, just comment on the picture of the day. Trey, I look forward to your picture each day. They are all so awesome. When we like in Georgia, we had these afternoon storms in the summer, but here in San Diego they are rare. Interesting angle. Was this on a tripod? Looks more like a handheld shot.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/35422436@N06/ George Green

    Well, I should have reread that before pushing the button. Of course I meant “we lived in Georgia”

  • Alex

    why does it look almost out of focus, slightly fuzzy? When you usually see sun rays, it is distinctive it the angle it goes?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/fullcex/ Filip Farag

    Fingers crossed for the launch Trey! Interesting shot today, is it textured a bit? Yesterday I processed my first HDR taken with my new Tokina 11-16 lens. I wanted to share it with you guys, so here it is :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/fullcex/5906661482/in/photostream

  • http://www.kelleybard.com Kelley Bard

    This went on the desktop and I had to repost, having seen it for the past few hours. It’s almost like a religious painting. LOVE the sunburst, it’s mythical. The light on the NASA building is also pretty damn cool. Sorry for the 2nd post, but late night/low sleep/seeing religious images in HDR/unable to control the thought-post blocker for the evening… You understand. I hope. :)

  • http://robfranklin83.wordpress.com Rob Franklin

    Really cool stuff, both this and the rest of the site.

    Have dabbled a bit with HDR recently, just looking for something worth capturing!

    Rob

  • http://simonmorris.me/ Simon Morris

    WOW… epic shot Trey – the sunburst looks so surreal, I also agree with Kelley regarding the light on the NASA building… subtle and simply stunning! :-)

  • Vicki Wilson

    Cool shot, love the storm clouds! Looking forward to seeing your photos from the launch!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks again everyone…. Alex, that would probably be generally because nobody is perfect.

  • http://roadslesstraveledphotography.com/ Matt Shalvatis

    Yeah, I miss some of the epic clouds shots. Got them a lot in NJ too. Now off in East Europe, the weather and clouds tend to the more boring side. Most of the time. Just got this a few days ago! :) http://roadslesstraveledphotography.com/2011/07/06/vortex-over-kiev/

  • Gail in Montana

    Very nice photo of the Nasa building and storm, Trey. Glad the sun peaked through the clouds for you! Thanks for sharing, have a very nice day :-)

  • http://gasarvid.ratata.fi gasarvid.ratata.fi

    Looks nice! something about the plasma-cloud;D
    but dramatic enough!

  • Carl Cosby

    I have to be honest and say that this image isn’t that great compared to your normal stuff. I love your work and we can’t be perfect all the time I guess. Sorry for the negativaty but I hope that you can respect my comments / opinion

  • http://williambeem.com William Beem

    Looks like you’re going to have more storm clouds to shoot on Friday. No worries, though. There’s a Sci-Fi exhibition at KSC this summer. I’ve been meaning to get out there to see if there’s something worth shooting (Borg cube?), but waiting for the Shuttle mania to end.

    If it doesn’t go up on Friday, you have much better odds for Saturday, since it would be before Noon.

  • http://www.nickrosephotography.com Nick Rose London Wedding Photographer

    I have to agree with Carl Trey. It actually looks like it was taken with a point and shoot camera in comparison with your other photographs and I’m not sure about the angle of this one either. I love the subject matter though!
    Nick

  • http://1138Studios.com Thelonious Gonzo

    George –
    I care. I care deeply and madly about who posts first. It means everything to me. I get really depressed when Susan beats me. I start thinking bad thoughts and sometimes… sometimes.. *snif* sometimes I… *wimper* sometimes I go into the kitchen and I… *sob!*
    George!!! It matters George!! It really really matters, A lot!!!
    Don’t take this from me George!!

    P.S. – Who cares where you lived and whether or not you had storms in the afternoons?
    Just post about the picture! Geez.

  • Susan

    lol Gonzo – ok tonight I will wait till 10:06 – think he posts at 10:03 or around there – I would be happy to read your post before mine – yours are always so much fun!

  • http://www.kelleybard.com Kelley Bard

    Geez, Thelonious. I almost always miss out and post after you BOTH. And I hide my tears… :)
    Another topic… I love how different folks have different tastes. Maybe it’s just the end of the shuttle liftoffs that makes me really like this (subject matter) but I think it’s great. But then, I’ve been playing with clouds recently too, and I think this sky is one of my favorites of Treys. Even with some issues for the pic as a whole, I like this one lots!

  • Craig Darrah

    Brought my family down from Chicago (partly) to see the launch. We did the Kennedy Space Center tour today and saw several of the possible viewing spots available to those who plan way ahead. We didn’t. Made me covet press credentials! Looking forward to seeing your shots of Atlantis, whenever it actually launches.

  • Bianca

    Great shot, Trey! Happy Bday and best of luck tomorrow, fingers crossed for no delays!

  • http://www.smith-photography.net Michael Smith

    Ha cool shot!, its funny i have a very similar shot to this but without nasa and all that. Mine was taken in Melbourne Australia on a golf course, check it out if you get a chance. Thanks for being awesome.

    http://www.smith-photography.net/picture-gallery/peninsula-country-golf-club/

  • http://technomadics.net/ Michael Tyson

    I like how sci fi this looks. Like a NASA nebula shot. How very meta.

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