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The Clearing Storm

This one took a LOT of patience. It was a nasty, stormy evening. It was raining on and off. The sky was full of spectacular swirly storm clouds. I knew there was a great shot waiting to happen. It was killing me that there were incredible bolts of lightning all around, and I couldn't get a shot of them. I was wishing it would hold off another hour or two when it was dark. You can't shoot lightning during daylight. So I set the camera up on the tripod, with a plastic bag over it, keeping it dry, waiting for this shot of the Mittens. The sun was behind a thick black cloud for an hour. But, I waited it out. The Mittens were in dark shadow, so I had no shot. The sky was amazing, and there was a little patch of clear sky under the black cloud that the sun was hiding behind. I was hoping that right at sunset, the sun would hit that clear spot and light up these formations. It did. I had this lighting for all of 30 seconds, just as the sun hit the horizon, and a rainbow to boot. I wasn't even counting on that. If you look closely, you can see rain falling from the clouds on the right half of the picture.

 

In case anyone asks, no major Photoshopping here. This one's all real.

 

 

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Taken on June 23, 2008