I was on a road trip of unknown length and direction when I headed to the Barkly Tablelands area. This was an area I had visited before and I was hoping that previous knowledge would serve me well. As it so happened it did, but the weather was very much against me. There was no form or structure to the grey bland, overcast skies and the conditions were leaving me very frustrated. I was also hampered by the fact that I had no Internet so could not see weather approaching, but in all honesty it wouldn’t have really helped as distances are great and the storms are small and short-lived.
I was on the Barkly Stock Route just south of the town of Elliot and had been hit by a storm a few hours earlier and could still see it in the distance. As I did not have an image chosen for sunset I thought a chase to close the distance on this one would be a possibility. After a lengthy drive along wet dirt roads I had gotten close enough to realise I had chosen wrong and was wasting my time. Thinking about calling a day I headed 50km back to a windmill I knew of and turned my thoughts to sunrise. I arrived at my location and set about scoping out a shot for the morning, just in case the skies cleared and some of that unseen sunlight could get through.
It was then I noticed an interesting line of clouds approaching. It could have been called a shelf, but it was so small in height and structure compared to what I was used to in Darwin, a low level cloud was more appropriate. I had a big line of trees in front of me but it was that experience that helped me out and I followed a track to the other side where the famous Barkly Tablelands grassy plains opened up. Times were tough out there and rain was scarce giving the land a ‘moonscape’ look. What a contrast. Time was against me as this cloud was moving very fast and looked like it was going to track across in front of what little light the sun was producing and turn it into a nothing capture. I willed it to slow down and give me something. It did and I captured this life-giving image of a storm on a dry and dusty plain.
Paul's Landscape Photography Tip
Don't expect a shot every time you pick up the camera. Sometimes there is just nothing that is inspiring. Accept these times to explore learn and plan the next shot. Still be aware of what is happening because as in the case of Isolation an image can present itself with little warning.