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on Sep 17, 2019 in Landscape Photography

The Four Hour Accident

Walker Valley
captured by Z6 / 105f1.4

The wind was howling through Nevada yesterday with 40mph gusts. It whipped the snow-laden clouds about in gorgeous forms (first Sierra snow fell yesterday). It also did a number of vehicles, flinging a 16 wheeler off the highway and stopping all traffic in both directions for four hours. We came upon the scene just after the incident so we were stuck. We were entertained with great conversation and scenery outside our windows. The light was gorgeous light so I braved the elements and made some clicks.

Walker Valley
captured by Z6 / 105f1.4

How windy was it? It took my rear lens came out of my hand and flung out of sight in a heartbeat! Braving the sensor dust I knew was coating my Z6 in the wind, I attached the FTZ / 105f1.4 and spent an hour with the ever-changing landscape. With the fierce wind, the apertures in the clouds came and went and with them, new light on the same scene. If I wasn’t stuck on a two-lane highway at an accident scene with 40mph gusts, I would have shot a time-lapse which would have been spectacular. Perhaps it was a good thing I was forced to stop cause otherwise I would have probably just enjoyed the view rather than record and share it. Simply, spectacular!

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