"A Night and A Storm" Colorado~Storm~Landscape~Photography

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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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  1. calamityjan2008 43 months ago | reply

    Amazing work! I was disappointed that I couldn't see 'the bottom shot' ........but the one here is stunning!!!


    Marvelous Shot !
    Thank you for sharing...

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  2. Scott McKittrick 43 months ago | reply

    Those are really cool!

  3. PAUL1852X 42 months ago | reply

    Beautiful Image, Composition & Photography
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  4. KőszegiZsóka 42 months ago | reply

    Beautiful Image, Composition & Photography
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  6. neimon2 (too busy, sorry for my temporary silence) 42 months ago | reply

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  7. Je Suis Alain 40 months ago | reply

    wooow! really nice hues!

    im impressed to see this gorgeous shot

  8. Daryl L. Hunter - Hole Picture Photo Safaris 39 months ago | reply

    An amazing shot and you thought it might not do well on flickr - as I type you have 195 comments and 100+ faves :D

  9. K.Panha 37 months ago | reply

    this is amazing!

  10. Peggys pics2010 36 months ago | reply

    You have a fabulous photostream. Thanks for letting me wander thru it!

  11. Matt Granz Photography 36 months ago | reply

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  12. MarikaGirl 35 months ago | reply

    What a wonderful sight!

  13. jd.echenard 30 months ago | reply

    Awwesome work,superb photograph,congrat's,have a excellent sunday,jeanda.

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  14. Colskier1 23 months ago | reply

    It is definitely dramatic, Dan.

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  16. Nick Kanta 8 months ago | reply

    Fantastic light!

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