Aug 092013

Storm №2

Nikon D300; 1/125 sec @ f8, ISO 560 (handheld); 18-200 mm f/3.5–5.6 @ 27mm (40mm EFL)

Storm №1 ©2013 by April Siegfried

Nikon D300; 1/125 sec @ f8, ISO 500 (handheld); 18-200 mm f/3.5–5.6 @ 26mm (39mm EFL)

Just the other day… At 6 a.m. I was standing on the end of a pier during a collision of weather fronts over Lake Michigan—marveling at the colors, storm light, and changing cloud formations. As the wind shifted from calm to whirling, it felt like I was in the center of a vortex.

When it finally began to rain, I retreated beneath trees in the park and realized I’d been the highest point on lakefront with the metal tip of my folded umbrella way above my shoulder. Probably not the smartest move.

But I didn’t get struck by lightning, and it was exhilarating to be there!

Sep 082012

Cloud Play №7
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Nikon D300; 1/60 sec @ f11, ISO 560 (handheld);
18-200 mm f/3.5–5.6 @ 18mm (27mm EFL)

Cloud Play №6
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Nikon D300; 1/250 sec @ f9.5, ISO 200 (handheld);
70-300 mm f/4.5–5.6 @ 70mm (105mm EFL)

At this time of year in Chicago, we get to experience amazing cloudscapes along Lake Michigan.

Jul 232010

The edge of a rooftop against an oncoming storm.

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Recently returned from an introductory workshop in “contemplative photography”, I’m excited about exploring a different approach. It resonates with me strongly at this particular time in my work.

This image seems appropriate for a return to posting. Except for the 95°F heat here in Chicago, I do feel energized. 🙂

Dark blue color swatch.Dark gray color swatch.Beige (Desert Sand) color swatch.

  • Dark blue R:69 G:100 B:124
  • Dark gray R:61 G:58 B:58
  • Beige R:224 G:203 B:186