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HP Madness

Canon Digital Rebel XSi
Tamron 10-24mm

A supercell near Chamberlain, SD starts dropping massive amounts of precipitation, known as an HP or "high-precipitation" supercell. This would have been a great point to stop, out of the rain and with a perfect view of the storm over a lake. However, believe it or not, we were still getting hail (despite the fact that we were more than several miles from the updraft base)! Really annoying. I really should have put the 50mm on and snapped of a ton of quick shots at f/1.4. Instead, I kept the wide angle on and ISO'd up to get a quicker shutter. Incredible storm at this point. One of the coolest structures I've ever seen. Again, apologies for the poor quality, we were driving.

Please tell me what you think! :headbang:
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Shutter Speed
1/128 second
Focal Length
10 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 23, 2010, 7:06:36 PM
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dopplerdragon's avatar
Freakin epic... Weather rocks!!!
Monolith144's avatar
Marinas's avatar
Personally, I'm a weather freak, and I know the rush you get when a big storm comes around. The constant scolding of my mother telling me to get away from the windows never stopped me and cloud formations and lightning have always fascinated me. You're lucky to actually have a camera on the spot to capture these amazing images. And where are you located? The cover of trees often hinders any attempt at photographs on my part...
FramedByNature's avatar
Yeah, you have to bring your camera everywhere you go =D Gotta be prepared! I live in Omaha, NE. This photo was taken in South Dakota :)
MMdarksoulgirl's avatar
What a shot! It's unbelievable what nature is capable of doing, but I can't imagine what it would be like to be IN that giant downpour of precipitation O.O scary...

For a driving shot, that's one of the best I've seen around, and to be honest, it's a lot better than most still shots I've come across.

Great job with those photography skills, and thank you mother nature for your wicked displays of emotions :meow:
FramedByNature's avatar
Thank you very much! I'm glad you like the quality despite the slight noise/blur =D Let's hope next storm season is just as incredible :)
CloudsGirl7's avatar
Woo, I wish I was there!
FramedByNature's avatar
Yeah, it was incredible =D
BlueIvyViolet's avatar
wow...scary but awesome!!
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compaan-art's avatar
Damn! That is awesome! Maybe you ISO is a little to much, but like you said, you were driving, so it doesn't matter :D
AdioSlave's avatar
What happens inside those things? Is it like a supermassive tornado? :D
Beautiful stuff
FramedByNature's avatar
Extremely heavy rain, as well as some large hail and high winds =D
Aldeas's avatar
"Your" clouds are beautiful like always :)
FramedByNature's avatar
Thanks. I feel guilty taking credit for something that mother nature produced. I just pointed my camera at it =D
Aldeas's avatar
If you didn't take this photo we cannot celebrate more the beauty of mother nature :/
FallingDark's avatar
I have NEVER seen a cloud formation like that before. It looks like a combination of a tornado and a nuke! :D
FramedByNature's avatar
Yeah the structure of these supercells is pretty unique, always a joy to witness =D
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