I look to the radar on my phone and see a severe thunderstorm warning pop-up. I also noticed it was about 30 minutes before sunset. I thought, "Man, wouldn't it be amazing to catch a storm rolling in with the sun setting behind it?"

       I grabbed my camera gear that sat in my office from a family shoot earlier in the day and race out to the lake. As I arrive, the lake is eerily calm while the ominous clouds continuously build. The sun behind the clouds gave a dark cast to the front of them and while the lake was calm. As I made my way to the water the wind started to pick up. 

    I have spent many days out at the lake when storms were rolling up and knew the perfect spot if I wanted to capture something cool. I took out my tripod and set up the shot. I wanted to get close to the water and show all of the elements that I was experiencing. From the beautiful, to the frightening. I wanted to capture the rocks, water, sunset and clouds all in one shot. I used my 14mm f/2.8 Rokinon lens and my Nikon D610 and got this image. 

"Ominous Sunset" - ©Jonathon Walters

"Ominous Sunset" - ©Jonathon Walters

      I thought "Man, this is awesome, but wouldn't it be cool if I could find a cool piece of driftwood to get in the shot?" I laid down in the rocks and tried again with a lower angle of approach and a log of driftwood. 

"Adrift in the Moment" - © Jonathon Walters

"Adrift in the Moment" - © Jonathon Walters

      I laid there for a moment, hence the title, and just enjoyed the beauty. I then I crawled over towards the opening underneath the log. I thought, "How cool would it be if I could get a low level angle of water? Surely that will earn me some sweet internet cred." 

     In the moment of beauty, I stupidly dangled my camera a mere inch above the water. Dropping the camera would have spelled disaster...

     This is the shot....

"Water on The Rocks" - ©Jonathon Walters

"Water on The Rocks" - ©Jonathon Walters

     I stayed at this point partially due to the absolute beauty that nature had bestowed upon and partially because of an old ACL injury that was acting up. Needless to say, this is the moment I realized I had laid down a foot away from a giant Northern Water Snake. I jumped up quickly and grabbed my things going back to my car. I felt like I had gotten the shots I had came for. 

   As I approached my car parked on the road, some 50 yards from where I just had my snake encounter, I turn to get one last look at the scene. I decided to snap one last shot to remember it by...

"Calm and Chaotic" - ©Jonathon Walters 

"Calm and Chaotic" - ©Jonathon Walters 

     Thank you so much for visiting my little corner of the internet and I hope you enjoyed the photos. I typically shoot concerts and music for a living, but the truth is , I find beauty in all moments of life. Whether music, nature, or personable beauty, life can be both calm and chaotic, sometimes the outcomes look like they are going to be terrible, when in reality, all we get is a little rain and some greener grass. 

     If you are interested in hanging a one or all of these photos on your wall, you can purchase prints here. 


Thank you, 

-Jonathon

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