What do you think of when you hear the word, ominous? Is it an approaching storm, a dark alley or eyes that stare at you from the dark? With Halloween upon us and the talk of things that go bump in the night we thought it would be fun to challenge the Lowepro Storytellers with a mission to fit the season, “ominous”.

Photo by Mitchel Wu

om·i·nous (ämənəs) adj. giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen; threatening; inauspicious.

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 135mm f/2L at f2
ISO 2000
1/1600 sec

Mitchel Wu

Photo by Willow McDonough

Not much else is more ominous than a massive wall of water barreling behind you with a force so strong its a life or death situation if you make the wrong move. This giant was taken at Nazare, Portugal. Home to the biggest waves in the world, where the most daring come in search for their most epic ride in hopes they come out alive.

Canon 5D II
ISO 100

Willow McDonough


Dave & Quin Cheung

Photo by Glenn Bartley

A Black-collared Hawk bears down on its next meal in the Pantanal region of Brazil.

Glenn Bartley

Photo by Shawn Talbot

My friend Nicole being a trooper and rolling around in the mud on a dried-up pond bed at twilight while wearing an Israeli gas mask.

Canon 5D Mark III
1/30 second
ISO 400
16mm lens

Shawn Talbot

Photo by Guy Fattal

Standing on thin air, in the heart of the thick cloud one can only imagine what nature has in store. Will it lead the single skier to safety or will one movement swallow him alive?

Nikon D750
Nikon 24-70 F/2.8
ISO 200

Guy Fattal

Photo by Laura Barisonzi

A summer storm descends over Brooklyn, NY.

Nikon D850
ISO 250

Laura Barisonzi

Photo by Luke Pearsall

I chose this photograph to represent Ominous for October for several reasons. The first is obviously that this photo has some of the colors of Fall that we often think of when we think of this month but I also think that this image serves and an ominous reminder to all of us how important it is to be careful with open flames and fire warnings in the outdoor areas that we play in. As an avid outdoorsman and outdoor lifestyle photographer scenes like this one that I photographed truly break my heart however in this particular instance, the fire was actually being controlled by the forest service. I’ve never seen a forest first close up the way I witnessed this one. It is one of my greatest worries to see the places I love so much go up in flames and for this reason this photograph the most ominous of scenarios in my professional and personal

Sony A7iii
1/1000 sec; f/5.6 ; ISO 500;
Shot with Canon 70-200mm adapted with Sigma MC-11 Adapter at 115mm focal length

Luke Pearsall

Photo by Gregg Jaden


Gregg Jaden

Those classic Pacific North West riding days.

Matt Clark – Stirl and Rae Photo

Photo by Jeff Hinman

That feeling of walking through the woods alone, hearing every tree, bush, critter move.  Then you turn back and this is staring right at you.

Canon 5D Mark IV
ISO 320

Jeff Hinman

Aurora Lampson

About Aurora Lampson

Aurora is the Social Media and Community Manager at Lowepro. When not in the office Aurora is a professional commercial and portrait photographer.

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