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Picking Up Inflow

Canon Digital Rebel XSi
Tamron 10-24mm

We took some dirt roads south and east trying to get ahead of this spectacular supercell. Storm motions were really picking up as the storm began to line out, so it was tough to keep up with. Eventually we were far enough ahead where we could stop for a few minutes to take photos. There were some crazy positive CG bolts of death crashing every few seconds. It was hard to take a photo that didn't have lightning in it (some got in one while I was taking a panorama later)! This is a single image cropped in to keep the focus on the structure. Check out the inflow on the right... chugging along, scraping the ground =D

Please tell me what you think! 8-)
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900x337px 383.54 KB
Shutter Speed
1/4 second
Focal Length
21 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 23, 2010, 7:32:44 PM
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javamocha's avatar
in a 1/4 s exposure. Wow
Jazzhead's avatar
KenDo-RP's avatar
You should be a weatherman ;)
Syndyne's avatar
One of the best structure/lightning photos I've seen in ages Evan!

Doesn't get much better than this :wow:

FramedByNature's avatar
Thanks! You always get some sick lightning images yourself, I'm glad you like this one =D
awesome shot!
Addictionboy's avatar
Ridiculously awesome!!!
That is intense! For some reason, I can never get the exposure right or something when trying to catch lightening.... what settings did you use?
FramedByNature's avatar
Thanks! Since the lightning was pretty close, I stopped my aperture down do f/14. You'll want to stop your aperture down like that if you're getting really close CG strikes. Otherwise, crawling bolts and distant CGs at nighttime can be exposed nicely at f/5.6 with a long shutter.
soulshelter's avatar
What a gorgeous picture! A nice beaver tail in there too. Simply amazing. :heart:
FramedByNature's avatar
Thanks! Yeah, insane beaver tail inflow. First time I've seen it scrape the ground like that =D
BlueIvyViolet's avatar i said before....scary but awesome!!
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BlueIvyViolet's avatar
you are so welcome!!
RavenousDrake's avatar
Capturing a gigantic, epic supercell is one thing, but to get a lightning bolt in there with it just makes it all the more awesome. :thumbsup::)
FramedByNature's avatar
Thank you very much ;) Too bad it was so distant, I really had to up the contrast in this shot ^^;
TimKai's avatar
I may end up faving this entire set entirely because each new picture is just as awesome as the last.

Not meaning to spam your box with favs...
FramedByNature's avatar
It's no problem, thanks for all the favorites! :highfive:
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