sawakadocznagryta March 13, 2015
matravers October 09, 2015
Beautiful image, congrats.
debhall October 19, 2015
Absolutely breathtaking!
manda0102 November 01, 2015
thank you :) :)
MarvBeatty October 19, 2015
FlorendoStudioArts October 19, 2015
Wow congrats and have fun!
manda0102 November 01, 2015
thanks! only found out today! exciting times!!
HenryBrosiusPhotography October 19, 2015
Absolutely beautiful!
angelinedbalentine October 19, 2015
Excellent, congrats!
edrobson October 20, 2015
Congrats! Awesome shot!!
janine5571 October 20, 2015
Congrats! Beautiful image!
joycealicesmith October 20, 2015
Absolutely stunning! Congratulations on your well deserved win!
manda0102 November 02, 2015
thank you joyce
TASmileyPhotos October 20, 2015
Absolutely stunning!!!!
JulianneBradford October 20, 2015
p_eileenbaltz October 20, 2015
How awesome!!! Congratulations on your win......and enjoy your trip.:)
manda0102 November 02, 2015
Thanks! i certainly will! :D
brandonbernard October 20, 2015
Ok, this picture of the Apostles with LIghtning is just crazy awesome . . . how in the world did you time this right?
manda0102 November 02, 2015
i guess it was the one time i hit some luck with the weather :) beautiful sunset followed by epic storm!
debcoimages October 20, 2015
Congrats on your win, you must be thrilled! It is a brilliant image with all the elements of drama, colour and beautiful light. A masterpiece.
manda0102 November 02, 2015
Thank you! yes, im so excited i cannot wait!
camilzahner October 20, 2015
Chick15 October 20, 2015
Beautiful photo...Congratulations!
nina050 October 20, 2015
Just superb!!
jharphoto October 20, 2015
Superb photo. Congratulations on the win. Enjoy NZ! If you haven't been, it's a photographer's paradise.
manda0102 November 02, 2015
hey! thank you! no i havent been, so a first for me and i cannot wait!
juliebanks October 21, 2015
fabulous, what a great capture.
jenniferbonti October 21, 2015
Congratulations! Amazing photo!
conniefisher_3790 October 21, 2015
Congratulations !!! Well deserved ! This has it all , great comp light color
manda0102 November 02, 2015
christinebger October 21, 2015
Gorgeous !
gregsinclair October 31, 2015
sweetpea72 October 31, 2015
Stunning...Congrats! :)
joebroyles October 31, 2015
Exceptional photo!!! Well done!
timothyhuchton November 01, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
horus November 01, 2015
colours are amazing! love it!
manda0102 November 02, 2015
Thank you all for your lovely comments!!
rondavidson May 13, 2016
I'm speechless

More from manda0102

Feb, 2015

The Twelve Apostles National Park

SO, everyone knows about the 12 apostles on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. We against the odds caught a gold mine on camera. We went to the apostles during the day to check out the location and where we would like to shoot, it was clear skies, so the potential for a garish sunset, but we had just sunset and sunrise to get what we wanted so the clock was ticking. The Apostles were busy, with people filling the pathways, the potential for destroyed photoshoot, later we found out this was because of the Chinese new Year.
Returning at sunset, the paths were clearer and crowds much smaller, the tour groups had left for the day. Just like magic the skies had filled with clouds and a storm was brewing on the horizon.

We could see the rain falling in the distance, perfect sunset. But that was not the end. We shot the sun going down sneaking past the barriers into a remote area. It was a masterpiece of a sunset, and the people remaining to witness it were in awe. People began disappearing as did the sun,
leaving a trail of light behind it. That’s when the storm began to get closer, we were about to leave, considering there was noting left we could get from the shoot, when all of a sudden a clap of thunder filled our ears followed by the skies being re-ignited with a bright light. I took another position and waited.

The storm was getting closer, and I saw the potential for something astounding. I fiddled with my camera settings, deciding the best way to try and capture some lightning, the best way to do this I decided was with five seconds exposures. I tested this and settled lower at 1/5th. I set up a cable release and stood fingers at the ready.
Lightning struck again and I just catched the end, not having set the release to continuous shoot, as I didn’t want to miss the vital moment between frames. Not only this I didn’t want to compromise with a high ISO, which I had tested but was far too noisy. Another bolt of lightning. I had just caught a glimpse of the start, not enough for shimmering waves or a bright firey sky. Minutes ticked by, the it happened. I was ready for it. The thunder rumbled, then the lightning struck. At the same time, so
did my finger on the release button. The frame continued to expose for the shadows as the light fizzled away….processing… then the LCD lit up and I knew it was something special. Perfectly exposed lightning struck across the sky on the tiny screen. The limestone stacks glowing almost
gold, the waves an electric pink. Jackpot!

Submitted to Photo Contests


Won FeaturedOctober, 2015
Won $8K New Zealand Photography AdventureOctober, 2015
Won Contest Finalist in Trey Ratcliffs Put Your Best Foot Forward Photo ContestOctober, 2015


Peer Award

Absolute Masterpiece
Superb Composition
Peer Award
Top Choice
Magnificent Capture
All Star
Superior Skill
Outstanding Creativity

Photo Trifecta TM

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