Cracking storm photos feature in national weather calendar
QUEENSLAND outback photographer Roslyn Budd loves nothing better than a good storm.
So when thunderstorms were rolling in near her Mt Isa home in March this year, she raced to down to get a couple of shots.
By sunset, the storm had developed some 'gorgeous colours'.
So much so they demanded a better aspect.
"Then I thought, 'I'll grab the tripod and go up the back hill and take some shots up there,'' the resident geologist, wife and mother said.
"I was racing around for the keys to the car (where the tripod was) but then realised my husband had taken both sets of keys in his car.''
"So I ended up racing up the hill with my dog Leo and no tripod.''
What she captured with her Canon EOS 5D Mk III, with a very steady hand in fading light, is one of the photographs featured in the 2014 Australian Weather Calendar.
The internationally recognised calendar, published by the Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, is celebrating its 30th year.
The calendar goes on sale on Wednesday online at shop.bom.gov.au/ and at selected bureau outlets in Brisbane, Charleville, Longreach, North Mackay, Mt Isa and Mackay (www.bom.gov.au/calendar).
The calendar features storms, a Tasmanian winter wonder on the cover, lightning shots, a waterspout , an eerie sunset in Halloween shades, outback landscape under ice, dust devils and twisting infernos, a double rainbow and heavenly light show.
Ros, who is now a full-time photographer, said the colours from the sunset in the clouds made her photo a delight to take.
"It was a beautiful, beautiful storm rolling in," she said.
"It was really quite spectacular. It only lasted a short time.
"We get such amazing storms out here. I love it.
"The storm season - October to March - is always exciting for me - and I've been photographing storms and lightning since we've been here.''
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Roslyn and her family first came to Mt Isa to work in the mining sector.
"Steve's a mechanical engineer and I'm a geologist, and this was one of the few remaining mining towns where you could work and live.
"We had a young family at that stage - grown up now - so for us it was a lifestyle choice to be here. We still love it here.''
She turned her passion for photography into full-time work after being retrenched by an exploration company during the global financial crisis.
"I haven't looked back,'' she says.
Roslyn's photography is mainly commercial and industrial, along with a lot of family portraits.
You can find more examples of her work at www.outbackphotographics.com.au
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