At the Edge of a Storm

Snow Storm approaching Antelope IslandSnow storm approaching Antelope Island – Nikon D200, handheld, f5.6, 1/3200, ISO 400, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 18mm, natural light

Last Sunday I photographed and posted a Prairie Falcon with a Northern Shoveler as prey and the next day I posted a Loggerhead Shrike taken on the same day, today I wanted to share images that were taken before the falcon and shrike. I mentioned that there had been low light, falling snow and that the weather conditions before photographing the Loggerhead Shrike and Prairie Falcon weren’t great.

This image was taken eleven minutes before the Loggerhead Shrike photo and about an hour before the first image of the Prairie Falcon was taken. There was a squall line coming in dumping snow on the Great Salt Lake that was heading northeast, in that tiny path of blue on the right side near the slope of Buffalo Point some distant mountains can be seen. Pretty ominous looking scenery.

Common Ravens in a stormCommon Ravens in a storm – Nikon D300, f8, 1/400, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Within the same minute that I took the image above I created this image of two Common Ravens with the storm cloud behind them.

Not the best weather conditions for photography but it can create very moody images.



  1. Julie Brown November 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    The ravens look like they are debating whether to stay or go. 🙂 That landscape shot must have been quite an exposure challenge!

    • Mia McPherson November 29, 2012 at 4:09 am

      Thank you Julie, the lighting in the landscape image was a challenge with the bright snow and dark foreboding sky.

  2. Wally November 22, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Ominous looking storm! Very nice capture of the mood and I love the composition of the Ravens.

    • Mia McPherson November 25, 2012 at 10:53 am

      It was a fun storm to be out in but then I love snow. Thanks for commenting Wally.

  3. Dave Sparks November 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Looks as if you went on a photo tour with a sadist as your guide.
    “First I will stop in front of this snow covered field with the dark, dark clouds containing a few puffy white areas, then on to the black Ravens perched on a snow filled shrub.”
    Any potential gratification would have disappeared when he saw your photos.

    • Mia McPherson November 25, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Dave, your comment made me laugh out loud! I’m just the kind of person who will shoot in just about any kind of weather or light and hope for some good shots out of the session. These delighted me. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Tammy Karr November 21, 2012 at 10:36 am

    The contrast between the threatening dark skies & bright white snow makes for a perfect photo!

  5. Bob Bushell November 21, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Ravens are beautiful, and surrounded by snow, a great piece of photography.

    • Mia McPherson November 25, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Thank you Bob, I think Ravens are beautiful too.

  6. Azstu November 21, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Wonderful Images Mia. You have this knack for capturing scenes that I would likely miss or not even consider. Great quality. The Ravens ‘chatting’ shot has such character to it. You can sense these guys emotions it seems of braving the cold or imagine their conversations. thanks

    • Mia McPherson November 25, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Thanks Stu, I liked how the Ravens were posted too and the dramatic lighting.

  7. Karen Bonsell November 21, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Beautiful shots Mia!

    • Mia McPherson November 25, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Thanks Karen, I really liked the stormy light.

  8. Larry Jordan November 21, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Mia you never cease to amaze me with your photographic skills. To get that detail in a black bird perched adjacent to bright white snow is simply, well, exquisite! I love the pose too. Common Ravens are such incredibly intelligent birds and they always seem to be having fun, especially when they seem to be playing tag in mid air.

    • Mia McPherson November 25, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Thanks Larry, I do love to face challenges with the light. I also love corvids because they are so intelligent and fascinating.

  9. judy watson November 21, 2012 at 5:51 am

    I love how the ravens stay together. Such a cute couple. 🙂

  10. Earl November 21, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Another beauty. Looks like lake effect at its best.

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