A December Storm

December 11, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

We've had very unsettled weather here the last couple of days. Yesterday the wind blew hard and we had rain from all directions. I headed down to the waterfront overlooking Tokyo bay and mt Fuji just as the storm front was passing through. The sun lit up the rain clouds as it slid down over the horizon putting on a spectacular show. Unfortunately the wind was strong and there were still a lot of raindrops flying around so my lense got covered in muck before I could get any good photos. Anyway, nice memories so I'll share them with you.

 

This was the only decent shot I got with a clean lense. Mt Fuji and the setting sun lighting up rain clouds and reed beds:

Mt Fuji in a Rainy SunsetMt Fuji in a Rainy Sunset

 

 

This one was about 5 minutes earlier. It would have been a nice 3 shot panorama, but the wind was playing havoc with my tripod and I couldn't get it in focus. I was standing on a seawall, about a foot wide and the wind was trying hard to knock me off it. Anyway it's alright in this size. Mt Fuji is just right of centre:
December Storm with Mt FujiDecember Storm with Mt Fuji

 

Here's another panorama after the sun went down, with mt Fuji on the right:

Winter Storm PanoramaWinter Storm Panorama

 

This one was a few minutes later from the same position:

Mt Fuji and Tokyo Bay in a Winter StormMt Fuji and Tokyo Bay in a Winter Storm

 

 

This was about 30 minutes later, when another storm front came rolling in. It was dark by that stage, this is a 30 second exposure that brought out the light:

Sunset PoleSunset Pole

 

 

Here is a wider panorama taken a bit later. The western sky had darkened and the clouds were lit up by the lights of Tokyo. Mt Fuji left, Tokyo on right, Aqua Line bridge on the very right. The white dashes in the clouds are planes heading into Haneda international airport:

Mt Fuji Storm FrontMt Fuji Storm Front

 

 

This one was about 20 minutes after sunset. The chimneys and silos at left are chemical refineries:
Fire Clouds over Tokyo BayFire Clouds over Tokyo Bay

 

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