Cloud Burst

I had found this wreck years earlier and had passed it number of times since, but never had the conditions to stop and photograph it. This particular time I was within striking distance of it and decided to see if something would happen because the area I was in was not going to produce much of note. The wet season had been very ordinary across the Barkly region and as a result the usually tall Mitchell grass plains where still very dry and stilted.

When I drove into the plains area I could see it was as dry and harsh as the rest of the Barkly and could see it was going to be a hard year for the stations in the area. I kept driving to where the rusted wreck lay out out on the grass plains and prepared myself for the wait of something to happen. The sky was already overcast but there was no definition or strength and power to the skies so I continued to wait. After a couple of hours things started to change and I could see things happening on the horizon. One problem with the Barkly Tablelands is the open spaces mean horizons are far and when a large storm is above them it can be hours before they get within range of the camera.

The wait finally paid off as this contrasty, layered cloud cover passed in the distance, and as luck had it - even gave me an isolated shower. Contrasted against the dry ground in desperate need of rain and the rusted wreck I finally had captured something I had seen years earlier.

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Paul's Landscape Photography Tip

Find it, learn it, shoot it. That's my photographic philosophy, and when applied to this shot I found years before, with subsequent visits kept learning about the car and the scene in which it lay until I finally had the right conditions to shoot something worthwhile. Sometimes the grass was so high you could not really see the wreck, other times the sky was just boring. Eventually I just had to be there at the right time.