I am really impressed by this shot. Mostly it’s the grey gradients in the clouds, but add in the busted machinery, the concrete headstone-looking things, and the spectacular shape of the cloud — it really looks like an “end of the world” hurricane shot… which would be something I’d love to photograph. The machine is called a “Tornado”, you can just make it out on the ring. I’m not sure what it does… I assume it’s either a stone thrower or something to distribute asphalt, but it could easily be a North Korean missile launcher.
Technical Stuff: Mostly I had my arm extended out the window of a speeding car taking photos in three shot bursts. Everything after that was mostly luck. The camera, my Kodak C533 pocket digital, was set on “Landscape” and I’m pretty sure I set the light exposure by aiming at the sky first. I was trying to shoot the clouds, and wanted a building in the shot to give it some perspective. The rusted machinery and broken sign were a bonus. I don’t think travelling at speed had much effect on the shot… the grass is in focus, so I think the clouds wouldn’t be blurred at all.
Tornado vs. Hurricane is something we’ll probably see soon on Spike TV’s new series, “Deadliest Warrior”, where they pit warriors and their weaponry from different eras against each other. At least once per episode someone cuts a pig carcass in half… they had a Shaolin Monk take on a Maori Warrior, and the Maori dude had a twenty-pound club covered with cerated sharks teeth… just awesome. I think Tornado would kick serious ass if it used the nuclear missiles.