Day 100 of 365. - "Kites in a Storm"

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This is not a creation...

This is Kites in a Storm.

As it's day 100 I decided to upload something special from ArchedRoof. This photo has been published on an international scale and has been very succesful. It's been featured in the UK Independent newspaper as one of the best photos of the year (2007) and won several awards.

The story behind the picture.
It was August 2006 and I was living in Southsea, Portsmouth. Every year a kite festival comes to town and is displayed on Southsea's grassy common. This year in particular, I went down with my wide angle lens hoping to catch myself a winner.

It started out a nice sunny day, but then started to cloud over with a storm coming in from the East. I was watching a demonstration on one side of the common, when I turned round and saw the most dramatic sight. The funny shaped kites had dropped down low to the ground just metres away from me. All of a sudden above me the clouds broke and lit up the common and the kites creating gorgeous shadows on the grass. I remember almost shaking trying to take a photograph. I managed to get about 20 frames with this one being the best.

I believe every photographer will get a once in a lifetime photograph like this. Mine just happened to come along early in my career.

Processing: S Curve adjustment and saturation increase

Camera Setup: 12mm, F/13, 1/60. ISO100

Moral of the story: Luck favours the prepared. Always turn around and check out the scene behind you.

Buy the print of Kites in a Storm here...

EXPLORE #1 on April 10th 2009.

Ken Yuel Photography, AngMoo, and 1597 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Hanyi® 46 months ago | reply

    Oh, it's so nice!!!!

  2. Liam-Taylor 45 months ago | reply

    Love this, is it on again this year ??

  3. paolomix 44 months ago | reply

    Incredible picture.... it deserves ten times the faves it has (and ten time the revenues!!)

  4. Clàudia Riwz 39 months ago | reply

    Wow, stunning!

  5. alarabforum 39 months ago | reply

    so nice pic وطن ع وتر - الملتقى العربي - الملتقى thanx alot its seems so refliction

  6. Mr.Yan Solo 38 months ago | reply

    Fantastic!!
    The picture is bright even though the sky is grey and cloudy.
    Gorgeous
    +1

  7. les yeux heureux 38 months ago | reply

    Amazing capture...really a right time and right place image. Congratulations! Well done.

  8. Alex Dram 38 months ago | reply

    this was not faved. The hell?

  9. JamesV9820 35 months ago | reply

    Stunning Shot.. Love the clouds int he sky...

  10. zak mck 31 months ago | reply

    Incredible capture

  11. frattonparker 26 months ago | reply

    Words fail me...............

  12. fed bre 24 months ago | reply

    nice shot, nice story, nice day

  13. pygarpics 24 months ago | reply

    Brilliant image

  14. Philip George 20 months ago | reply

    I always thought this image was something special! This looks like a 3D image, and despite going to the Kite Festival since 2008, I have yet to capture an image anywhere near as good as this one. Gold Medal!

  15. JoeCow 10 months ago | reply

    I really like your pix! :) <3

  16. soocooll 5 months ago | reply

    Good idea.good scene.like it soo much.

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