Hail!

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Hail! 30mm, f/10, 1/40s, ISO 100

Writing from the friendly skies between Austin and Seattle…

We’ve been getting a lot of rain in Austin lately, which is a huge blessing! I worked from home today and shortly before noon the skies let loose with some hail. Despite the risk of damage to cars, roofs, and whatever else, it’s always fun to have a hailstorm. This one was good. Most of the hail was about marble-sized but for about 30 seconds we got some that was nearly the size of golf balls. It was quite entertaining to watch the large ones sky off the trampoline.

Of course I got the camera out. I realize the scenery isn’t all that interesting but the hail is IMO. You can see hail from the sky (falling right-to-left), from the roof (left-to-right), and bouncing helter-skelter off the trampoline. Using ISO 100 and playing with shutter speed and aperture I attempted to capture streaks of hail stones as opposed to freezing them (no pun intended) in time. While it would’ve been fun to play with a flash and stop the motion, I needed to get back to the job which pays the bills.

One final note: This hail came down at about 11:30am-ish and when my daughter and I left the house at 3:40pm there was still ice in the yard despite the fact that (1) it was March and (2) it had rained all day. It was amazing how much ice came out of the sky.

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4 responses

  1. Great job capturing the streaks of hail! I love the ones bouncing off the trampoline, sweet!

    March 10, 2012 at 11:00 am

  2. Oh hail! Michael, I think we caught the tail end of this same storm roiling past Texas. We had a bit of hail…my daughter accused some birds of pecking her going up the driveway. We had more wind than anything. Favorite detail in this photo are the hail stones bouncing off the trampoline 😉

    March 12, 2012 at 12:11 am

  3. Thats crazy! great capture

    March 12, 2012 at 10:29 am

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