Storm Clouds, White Mountains

Sunrise and storm clouds along the Kancamagus Highway (route 112), which is one of New England's scenic byways located in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Sunrise & Storm Clouds – Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire
 

Storm Clouds, White Mountains – What is a New England photographer to do when the weather is less than ideal and not perfect photography conditions? A photographer could stay home and dream of beautiful puffy clouds as a backdrop, but that is not the way to build a strong image archive. As a photographer, the one thing I have learned over the years is to work with whatever mother nature throws at me on any given day.

Now I am not suggesting photographers put themselves in harms way to get the shot. But I do think marketable images can be created in poor weather conditions. New England photographers, focused on the outdoors, who only shoot in perfect photography conditions are limiting their production rate.

Storm clouds engulf Bondcliff from the summit of West Bond during the summer months. Located in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Stormy Weather – Bondcliff, Pemigewasset Wilderness
 

Above is the view of Bondcliff from West Bond in the Pemi Wilderness of New Hampshire. On this day my hiking partner and I knew rain was coming in and planned to shoot in it. We were on West Bond when the rain started, and just before leaving the summit for the cover of the forest I was able to capture the storm clouds surrounding Bondcliff. I think this scene showcases the crazy weather we have here in the White Mountains.

Appalachian Trail - Hiking on Westside Trail in the scenic landscape of the Presidential Range, which is  located in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire USA . Storm clouds move in over Lakes of the Clouds Hut and Mount Monroe.
Storm Clouds – Southern Presidential Range, White Mountains
 

We have many days in the New Hampshire White Mountains when the skies are stormy and scary looking. If a photographer always allows the weather to dictate their shooting schedule, he or she will spend a very limited amount of time actually shooting.

Storm clouds over Lonesome Lake in Franconia Notch State Park of the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA. The Appalachian Trail passes by this lake.
Lonesome Lake – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

New Hampshire weather stations are always saying Franconia Notch has its own weather pattern, and I think they are right. I was setup one day on the edge of Lonesome Lake in Franconia Notch and watched storm clouds take over Franconia Notch. At one point sunlight broke through the clouds (above) for a few seconds.

Storm clouds from Middle Sugarloaf Mountain in Bethlehem, New Hampshire USA during the summer months.
Stormy Sky – Middle Sugarloaf Mountain, White Mountains
 

The Northeast is known for crazy weather, and I think New England photographers should have a few scenes in their image archive that showcase the stormy weather we have in this region. And weather scenes will make a New England photographer’s image archive that much stronger. I do hope this blog article helps you think out of the box some.

All of the above images can be licensed for publications by clicking on the image you are interested in. And you can see more images of stormy weather here.

Happy image making..


 

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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