Tornado in the Making

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    I climbed up on my roof-top to get this shot of a swirling cloud attempting to become a tornado. This was at its peak strength in this series of shots...eventually it moved off to the left leaving in its wake some rain and something to talk about the next day!

    I took 4 shots as a "Vetorama" (Panorama from top to bottom) and stiched them together with additional tweaks in Photoshop. It was an amazing sight in this area which seldom ever sees Tornado's.
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    UPDATE: Well this image took off on the internet. It was listed on Flickr's Explore page where a fellow from Caters News saw it from England (Caters also manages National Geographic images in their stock division > it was picked up and published by 2 newspapers in Britain and eventually found its way to Australia, Philippines, Pakistan, Peru, and in Canada in Calgary, Saskatoon, Windsor, Ottawa, Edmonton and Montreal. My buddy who lives on a little island in the Indian Ocean called Mauritius - even had it published in their newspaper. The world is a small place!

    Thank you to everyone for the nice comments.

    Traps90, OldDogNewTrick, jfindlay, and 421 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. s0ulsurfing 41 months ago | reply

      stunning!! great work

    2. Mező, Kornél (mostly away) 40 months ago | reply


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    3. The_Milky_Way 38 months ago | reply

      WOW, one the most incredible cloud formations I've ever seen! great capture!

    4. Gordon Hunter 37 months ago | reply

      I still prefer this version.... as close to natural as possible. very well captured.

    5. John A.Hemmingsen 37 months ago | reply

      amazing shot, congrats !!

    6. Persodan 36 months ago | reply

      ♥ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ wonderfull shot !
      Reallly incredible story and picture ! . . .
      Thank you for sharing

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    8. carl lexicon 34 months ago | reply

      Utterly incredible!

    9. prairieskygal 33 months ago | reply

      Congratulations! This is such an incredible shot.

      I like this one even more than the HDR version because it's so unreal to begin with that the HDR takes it a little beyond what I can think of as real.

    10. ArtsiAnnie or Annie 33 months ago | reply

      Just saw this over on facebook. This is surreal cloud overload! 8-) This is a once in a lifetime shot that I'm glad you got on the roof for! ;-) When I first glanced at the clouds, it reminds me of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Now those clouds would hide alot of saucers, don't you agree?... ;-) Thanks for sharing!

    11. philipleemiller 28 months ago | reply

      exquisite and overwhelming

    12. ALLART1 26 months ago | reply

      You Sir, are a great photographer, along with a horseshoe firmly implanted up your wazoo! This is beyond amazing.

    13. Dalma Szallonntai(from here to Ipernity) [deleted] 18 months ago | reply

      Wow... beautiful and scary

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    14. d'ween 16 months ago | reply

      Hi! am i the only one who see's a face with distinct eyes, over the lefthand driveway, with a very wide mouth with a white vapor extending from the mouth all the way across to the right where there are what appears to be a hand with fingers overhead of the house on the right??

    15. miniellocarminiello [bored] 10 months ago | reply

      Very dramatic sky! Wonderful!

    16. bananajode 8 months ago | reply THAT'S a cloud!!! Congrats on all your success with this INCREDIBLE image!!

    17. John A. McCrae 8 months ago | reply

      An Alberta Favorite

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