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Silhouetted Supercell
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Published: January 16, 2015
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Canon 60D
18-135mm kit lens

Got lucky as a bolt of lightning struck directly behind the updraft from our vantage point, giving us a rare silhouetted view of this nighttime storm structure :nod: It was starting to drift north and die a bit north of us, making some of the lower-level inflow features difficult to discern at night. But once this bolt struck... boom! No doubt about it, you could see the meso, inflow features, mammatus, everything. This was one of my favorite shots from the night... but stay tuned for my #1 favorite shot from the chase ;)

Want to read more? Check out the FULL story of this storm chase :camera: here :camera:

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Image size
1100x733px 330.35 KB
Canon EOS 60D
Shutter Speed
6/1 second
Focal Length
18 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
May 26, 2013, 8:47:08 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Macintosh
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idongetit's avatar
Beautiful picture also question what is a mini supercell and have you ever seen one before?
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TheRockyCroweStudent Digital Artist
Holy shit...
are you a storm chaser??? Usually when a shot is this beautiful I can only assume someone has taken the time to risk their life to obtain it. 0^0
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LoadsOfRandomnessHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this is stunning!
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Lightning-KitsuneHobbyist General Artist
Storm chaser photography. You earned my watch Yay 
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hyenacubHobbyist General Artist
Holy crap, that's a huge tower of awesomeness!
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Kiro-ShinigamiHobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks so amazing!
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VioletRosePetalsHobbyist General Artist
It almost looks like a smoking flying saucer...

Really epic shot though, I always love it when you post these!
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Is it really this small updraft that can create such an huge anvil? Or is it created by several cells merging?
Curious ... :)
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FramedByNatureStudent Photographer
Just one updraft. Watching their anvils spread out on satellite is always cool to see! :nod:
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Yukihoshi13Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely amazing! Really great capture :)
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LongingForAutumnHobbyist Photographer
That's an amazing image.
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davincipoppalagHobbyist General Artist
holy crap..great catch
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CerebralPizzaHobbyist General Artist
WOW!   I've really enjoyed your photos from this shoot.   In fact, I can honestly say I've never seen this view of a thunderstorm...very cool!
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Microscopics-UNTDStudent Interface Designer
Forget about the other photo; THAT is a really nasty looking tower! But not all supercells produce tornadoes. 
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