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"A Night and A Storm" Colorado~Storm~Landscape~Photography | by Dan Ballard Photography
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"A Night and A Storm" Colorado~Storm~Landscape~Photography

(Explored #2)


If you can't tell these shots are of a night time lightning storm. The top of the image is stars and clear night sky, and the bottom is a crazy storm being lit by hundreds of lighting flashes a minute. I was standing on the outside of the storm in perfectly calm conditions looking into the most dramatic weather conditions I have ever seen. It was not easy to get this exposed right, but luckily I had quite a bit of time to play with it and get it close. I doubt these will go over all that well on flickr, but I think in terms of uniqueness they may be the best shots I have.


I really can't decide which shot I prefer. I like that you can see more of the clear sky in the second one, and I think the comp is better, but the first one has the lighting bolt. (there were almost no actual bolts of lightning, only non stop flashes, so I think I'm lucky to have caught the small one I did)


Thanks for taking a look.


Not HDR.

6 second exposure

f 4.8

ISO 400

Nikon 70-300mm at 122mm




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Taken on July 4, 2010