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Atomic Arcadia

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Canon 60D
18-135mm kit

Probably shouldn't be posting this image yet as I haven't finished the rest in this sequence, but I'm too darn excited about this image NOT to share it =D Probably my best shot from the Arcadia, NE supercell on May 26th, 2013. I had been putting off the processing of this image for a while. I knew it was good straight out of the camera, but I also know of the expanded potential it held since I shot in RAW. I was worried I wouldn't process it up to its full potential, or that I would process it only to later dislike the techniques I used... but I think I came away with a keeper here :P Didn't mess with it too much, but enhanced the details that really made this storm special to me. Recovered some detail in the foreground so you can just barely see the field, brought out the textures in the updraft, and recovered some shadows/highlights :nod:
This was shot as the chase was largely winding down, but the show wasn't over! :excited: As this updraft shriveled to the north, it took on a crazier and crazier appearance. I decided to zoom in a little bit to capture the details of the laminar mesocyclone :) Also wanted one of its many cloud-to-ground bolts to take up a good portion of the frame, and it did not disappoint! The color/lighting was just surreal :faint: I can't wait to process the rest of the shots from this chase (including a short TL of this stage), but it'll be tough to top this one for a long time 8-)

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Canon EOS 60D
Shutter Speed
1 second
Focal Length
26 mm
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Date Taken
May 26, 2013, 8:31:01 PM
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DreamsofEden's avatar

Wow! ... that is stunning ... thanks for sharing.

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TobyWoby36's avatar
The colors to this are surreal and fantastical!
HannaH-Eloise's avatar
I am impressed !!
Fezzles's avatar
This is breathtaking!! Nature is so powerful!
SnowFall-13's avatar
Wow.... capturing lightning is so hard to do! I've always wanted to get a shot like this, it's amazing!  That is one tall cloud there.
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Denzil007's avatar
Really cool and awesome photo, remembers me of the movie Twister.
Jason-Oatman's avatar
Thunder bolt and lighting very Delete repeated word freighting.
starfire-zorua's avatar
It's like the hurricane in Arcadia Bay! (Anyone get it?)
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rongiveans's avatar
totally awesome capture.  Well done.  this image is powerful.  
BB02's avatar
Awesome!!! :D
MaryLangen's avatar
this is an amazing shot OO and a scary cloud.
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WickedWelshy's avatar
This is so amazing! An inspirational photographer :)
Zhao-P's avatar
oh man... i love your images dude... so fukin' epic :D
piggy-tails's avatar
This is just, in a word; WOW!
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