Photo of the Day Contest
Canyon Storm by Gale Rainwater
Thursday, 24th April 2008

Canyon Storm

by Gale Rainwater

I captured this during a wind storm in canyonlands. I had to get on my knees and hold my tripod down. I was afraid of being blown off the buff and into the canyon. The light was worth the effort.
Equipment: canon
Gale Rainwater
Nature photography is my passion. Exploring the beauty of God's creation and capturing it is challenging and enjoyable. I have been photographing nature since I was twelve and since going digital it has brought a new fire for capturing natures beauty. I am a happily married father with two beautiful girls and live in Fort Smith, AR. I have helped run my family's clothing store "Rainwater's Clothing" for many years.

Canyon Storm by Gale Rainwater was photo of the day on Thursday, 24th April 2008. It is tagged , , , , . You can leave a comment below.


Barry McMann

24th April 2008 at 2:43 am

Hey Gale do you often find yourself in a Gale? Sorry, just had to…
What a gorgeous photo! Wish I was there. Amazing!


24th April 2008 at 4:49 am

This is so amazing! I love a cloud with a silver lining. The reddish browns seem to just draw the sun light down for an intense fight with the gray. I like it a lot. Great Shot!!!!! EZ


24th April 2008 at 6:10 am

Amazing shadows, fantastic composition!!! Exelent work!

24th April 2008 at 6:25 am

I would call this Gale’s creation :) and it is very nice. Likely HDR, but scenes like these is what HDR is best suitable for, beautiful resulting light and tones.

24th April 2008 at 6:52 am

great capture of those rays!!…… lovely!!


24th April 2008 at 6:55 am

Really breathtaking. beautiful and unusual colors. I guess you are using a split ND here. HDR would be difficult to manage in the face of strong winds where tripod is stabilised by hand.
A blow up of this would go straight on my living room wall.

24th April 2008 at 7:03 am

Very nice shot. I feel there is a hand of some HDR. However it is a very nice shot and it has a very warming effect.

24th April 2008 at 8:53 am

Good geometry, good light, obviously you are willing to take risks for your art.

24th April 2008 at 10:33 am

Gale, Rainwater ! Is that a stage name ? ;o)

Very nice indeed and appropriate.

24th April 2008 at 12:22 pm

Great Shot. Almost went too far with the HDR but not quite.

24th April 2008 at 12:52 pm

I can see the sun kissing the harden ground. Great picture. Remember safety first.


24th April 2008 at 1:57 pm

What talent! a great shot. Thanks for sharing it with us.

24th April 2008 at 2:15 pm

Hello several comments about this being HDR, No it is not. It is a blend of 2 captures, the cloud color is natural just exposed to bring out the detail. Thanks everyone for the great comments.


24th April 2008 at 2:43 pm

Hi Gale,

Your photos are stunning!


24th April 2008 at 2:53 pm

this is very beautiful…i luv the shadows and how the sun rays fall down like that..very well done!

Juniper Berry (Bobbi)

24th April 2008 at 3:54 pm

Not very familiar with all the photospeak and abbreviations that separate those “in the know” and those of us that aren’t so sophisticated – just people who have a passion for photography – I think this photo is breath-taking, awe inspiring and captures the spirit of the canyons.

The comments serve as a reminder that if you can’t dazzle them with brilliance you can certainly baffle them with BS.

24th April 2008 at 5:44 pm

Thanks everyone, also Yin and syal


24th April 2008 at 6:20 pm

Very stunning photo!..Looks like the heavens are a shining away! :)


24th April 2008 at 6:56 pm

Thank you Gale for giving God the credit for this glorious picture~

rod mcconnell(alberta,Canada)

24th April 2008 at 7:20 pm

Gale your photo should be picture of the year! Outstanding! Perhaps there is a Bethlehem at the foot of those rays?


24th April 2008 at 8:01 pm

Thanks for your shot. Impressive, very striking!!!

24th April 2008 at 10:22 pm

In addition to this wonderful photo, your site is most impressive. (Except perhaps for the audio, which blasted my ears).

Question, are your panoramas the result of a special stitching technique, special camera, or simply a narrow crop?

25th April 2008 at 1:00 am

Outstanding. A Masterpiece.

S. N. Rama Raju

25th April 2008 at 2:49 am

The sunrays through the break in the clouds give a dramatic image

25th April 2008 at 1:36 pm

Thanks everyone for all the wonderful comments, I really appreciate it.

Kirk sorry the music blasted you. I plan on changing that. All the panoramas are shot vertical and stitched. I love to shoot them.


26th April 2008 at 12:01 am

Gale I am so proud to be a friend of the Rainwater’S. This picture motivates me to say.
“OUR GOD IS AN AWSOME GOD”. Thank you for taking the time to get down on your knees and holding the tripod to take this awsome picture. I want to come to the store and talk to you about it. Mr. Bill!!


26th April 2008 at 4:12 pm

This is an amazing photograph. I myself enjoy taking photos of sunsets and clouds, and this is phenomenal! Great job!

28th April 2008 at 10:24 am

Amazing shot.

30th April 2008 at 12:00 pm

Excellent shot! I love the colors and the overall scene. I have been to the southwest of the US last year, but didn’t have the time to go to Canyonlands. Judging from your picture, I really missed out on something beautiful! :(


2nd May 2008 at 8:26 pm

Gale, your art needs to be shared with the world.


11th June 2008 at 6:50 pm

Is that God?


24th July 2008 at 7:57 pm

unique photo


18th April 2009 at 8:46 am

Certainly an impressive shot.

Sue Gagnon

12th May 2009 at 3:51 pm

This shot is grand and beautiful, very impressive indeed!!

7th October 2009 at 6:53 pm

Some sky over the canyon.


24th April 2010 at 9:53 am

Wonderful shot, very eerie.


24th April 2010 at 7:27 pm

still a great shot, with all the icredible comments.

25th April 2010 at 3:17 pm

A spectacular image.

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