Most photographers prefer sunny days, blue skies and perfect sunrises and sunsets to take pictures – they run from the rain. I don’t.
Yes, I like those perfect days too, but I never run from bad weather. In fact, I go out of my way to run into it. I have found that dramatic pictures are born from dramatic conditions.
In early September 2008, Hurricane Hanna rolled over Haiti killing more than 500 people, lost a little steam, then slammed into the East coast of the U.S. in the Carolinas. This image was captured as the backside of Hanna rolled north over the Outer Banks.
I like the drama of this image because of the ominously-threatening storm clouds that dwarf the minuscule boat that is headed into them.
It was captured on Pea Island of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, not to far from the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. The clouds were not made to appear more threatening. The image is an infrared image which has a tendency to make skies more dramatic. This image, and its drama, were captured just as you see it.
The image sat untouched for three years until it was recently re-discovered as I was perusing through old libraries. It is one of my newest favorites because of the drama. It is not a fake infrared like many photographers create in photoshop. It is a true fine art infrared landscape.
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A boat travels into a storm. Outer Banks fine art photography of Dan Carmichael.