Shelf clouds are fairly common in the Northern Territory as storm fronts move across the landscape. The trouble I always have is to include it as part of an image which immediately brings in complications of a rapidly changing composition as well as changing lighting conditions. I had seen this front approaching on the radar and headed to south out of Darwin to intercept it. I remembered some termite mounds on Tortilla Flats Road near Adelaide River and decided to check them out.
As I drove out of a series of hills I saw this a cloud formation in the distance that could hold potential should it continue on it's current path. Grabbing my gear I ran out into the paddock scoping as I went. I had time to choose my composition but I knew it would change as the storm approached. One of the major problems I have is I use fully manual equipment and fixed focal length lenses. This means I do not have the luxury of putting the camera on a tripod zooming in and auto focusing and clicking. I have to work the scene and the image and be sure of what I am after. Due to the technical nature of the equipment I use I can not run off every minute or so to get a new perspective. Practice has afforded me well and I captured this image just as the winds which are pushed out in front of a storm start to make it impossible to photograph.
Paul's Landscape Photography Tip
Learn your local area, you never know when you will need that knowledge. For many it might only be within a few kilometres of home or the local beach, but knowing it will make a difference when time is short and a sunset or storm event is worth capturing. For me my backyard is 3 million square kilometres and after 20 plus years of driving it I am still learning the secrets the Territory holds.