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Arizona Monsoon, lightning over grain silos

Arizona Monsoon, lightning over grain silos
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PSJPhotography
 
PSJPhotography August 21, 2012
Nice shot, welcome to VB!
SilverCity
 
SilverCity August 22, 2012
WOW ! beautiful shot lighting is perfect!
rkperry215
 
rkperry215 August 23, 2012
Great shot!
JeffreyA PRO
 
JeffreyA August 23, 2012
great
tsambaproductions
 
tsambaproductions August 23, 2012
nice
Meggerz
 
Meggerz August 23, 2012
Beautiful!
chipbhi
 
chipbhi August 24, 2012
Fantastic shot!
DigitalFragrance
 
DigitalFragrance September 07, 2012
Great capture!
senka
 
senka September 13, 2012
W0W', magnificent , congrats on the feature
Carli
 
Carli September 13, 2012
great shot! congrats :D
Liridona
 
Liridona September 13, 2012
Great shot!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon September 13, 2012
Fabulous photo, well deserved feature
Sleeva
 
Sleeva September 13, 2012
Amazing photo, love!!!!!!!!!!!!
leestanbrook
 
leestanbrook September 13, 2012
Great capture
fotogalmexican PRO
 
fotogalmexican September 13, 2012
awesome
bobbynall
 
bobbynall September 13, 2012
WOW, very cool shot
Coomanator
 
Coomanator September 13, 2012
Amazing capture. Added to my favorites. Congratulations on the feature...
kittylegs
 
kittylegs September 13, 2012
awesome, congrats on your feature!
tetvet PRO+
 
tetvet September 13, 2012
great shot. congrats
annthedane
 
annthedane September 13, 2012
Great capture, Congratulations!
TAHammer
 
TAHammer September 13, 2012
Great Capture, Congratulations on your feature
PSJPhotography
 
PSJPhotography September 13, 2012
Congrats on feature!
JonHurdWildImage
 
JonHurdWildImage September 13, 2012
this looks like it came from the movie "Twister"
KCraine
 
KCraine September 13, 2012
Congrats! Crazy neat shot!
jenbmama
 
jenbmama September 13, 2012
I love it!
iceman2
 
iceman2 September 13, 2012
Great capture. Congrats!
Amiqdadi PRO+
 
Amiqdadi September 13, 2012
congrats,,great capture
angiebanta
 
angiebanta September 13, 2012
Awesome capture!! Congrats on your well deserved feature!!
nitti
 
nitti September 13, 2012
Congrats
raj.nikon
 
raj.nikon September 13, 2012
Awesome .. Awesome ... & Awesome .... 100 out of 100 Keep it up.
DustinsMom
 
DustinsMom September 13, 2012
Breathaking!
ivobaltazar
 
ivobaltazar September 13, 2012
perfeita obra de arte ::)))
SarahKeates PRO
 
SarahKeates September 13, 2012
Fabulous shot! Congrats!
rkperry215
 
rkperry215 September 13, 2012
Awesome shot!
GRACECAPRI
 
GRACECAPRI September 13, 2012
Amazing!
Bebejayne
 
Bebejayne September 13, 2012
Beautiful shot
janr46
 
janr46 September 13, 2012
Wow!!! A well deserved congratulations!!!
nora_crane_6858
 
nora_crane_6858 September 13, 2012
Very cool! Congratulations :)
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luvmtnlife September 13, 2012
remarkable shot! congratulations!
tsambaproductions
 
tsambaproductions September 13, 2012
congrats
scarletlady777
 
scarletlady777 September 14, 2012
Wow Brilliant!!! :)
DAPhotography
 
DAPhotography September 15, 2012
Wonderfully captured. Congratulations on your Featured win.
SubruralGirl
 
SubruralGirl September 15, 2012
Wow! What a great capture! Amazing! Congratulations!
maryamfaisal
 
maryamfaisal September 16, 2012
nice shot
ornani
 
ornani September 17, 2012
great shot
glburghart
 
glburghart September 17, 2012
Excellent!!!! Congratulations....
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maryhale9534 September 18, 2012
Excellent Shot! Congrats on feature! :)M
ManCorMac
 
ManCorMac September 18, 2012
Great shot. Congrats.
hkphotography
 
hkphotography September 28, 2012
Nice capture
desertpagan
 
desertpagan September 29, 2012
A stunning image! Awesome capture of the lightning and the sky is beautiful! Congrats!
alissandra
 
alissandra October 01, 2012
nice!
jesusfreak3520
 
jesusfreak3520 October 02, 2012
Awesome capture! Congrats on the feature!
FrankSomma PRO+
 
FrankSomma October 07, 2012
Wow, that must have been a awesome experience. It's an awesome image that's for sure!
Khrich409
 
Khrich409 October 10, 2012
Magnificent capture! Voted!
CqCasting
 
CqCasting October 21, 2012
Nice + voted
Bebejayne
 
Bebejayne October 28, 2012
Wow - fantastic photo
Dezi
 
Dezi October 28, 2012
Superb capture and composition!
jpblitz
 
jpblitz November 16, 2012
Wow! What part of AZ is this?
IsabellaD Premium
 
IsabellaD November 27, 2012
AMAZING, such a winner !!
frankjrosetti PRO
 
frankjrosetti November 30, 2012
excellent! nice body of work!
maryamfaisal
 
maryamfaisal December 07, 2012
truly wow
mailsmc
 
mailsmc April 01, 2013
Great shot, voted!
brodia65
 
brodia65 April 03, 2013
Awesome!
hollywood12
 
hollywood12 February 03, 2014
cool shot! great job
billydonald
 
billydonald May 25, 2014
Now I know how hard it is to take this shot as I have been trying it for years You have lots of great comments for a outstanding image.
Now this is a great image BUT it could be better just by croping take off all the blan right hand side that has no interesting parts and a little off the bottom. try it with two sheets of paper, it makes a far stronger image still keeping everything on the thirds , don't clip off the finger of lightning though. I know that it is hard wondering where the strike is going to next and therefor having to take a "big" picture But you have to be willing to crop sometimes.
Please remember that this is only my view. Love it Bill
1Ernesto
 
1Ernesto June 03, 2014
Great photo! Wonderful entry for the Covers Photo Contest Vol. 11

Voted
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 June 07, 2014
Great shot , voted
joannayoder
 
joannayoder March 30, 2015
Beautiful, as always!
Forfarlass
 
Forfarlass January 29, 2016
Brilliant image.

Behind The Lens

Location
This photograph was taken in Gilbert, Arizona,USA, just south of Elliot Rd on Higly Rd. About a half mile from my home.
Time
The shot was take at 10:16pm Arizona Time
Lighting
It was dark, so I thought I might use one of natures biggest off camera flashes. :) I am often asked how I caught the lightning? The trick to lightning, like fireworks, is to expose for everything else in the photograph and be at a location where lightning is striking about every 14 to 24 seconds. I spent an 1hour and 45 minuets and shot 143 shots at different exposures working on getting several that I felt would be good. This one was the best because it was right over the silos. The exposure time was 11 sec at F/4.5 on at 18mm.
Equipment
The first major equipment for shooting in a lightning storm is to insulate you and your equipment. I parked and stayed inside the vehicle. I have a carbon fiber tripod with a mag head on it. The camera I used for this shot is a Canon 60D, when I bought that camera I figured on using it for rodeo photography, and yet I still use it for night shots along with most of my scenic photography.
Inspiration
Living in Arizona, you get to see Monsoon Storms in August and September. I thought with the silos lit the way they are and having the town surrounding a piece of or cities history as an agricultural town, the storm / lightning combination might speak to many people. It has been really cool to find out how many people have either had their first kiss or gotten engaged on the top of those silos.
Editing
I shot it in RAW, so I did run it through Lightroom in order to sharpen it and removed as much noise as needed. I tried a couple of different looks, the other was with Tungsten. It took out all of the magenta that came from the ambient light of the city. You can see them side by side on my Viewbug page, just for reference.
In my camera bag
The 60D, a 50mm canon lens, a 11mm-16mm Tokina Wide Angle and the 18mm-200 Canon zoom. I also carry a flash and both manual and electronic cable releases. Just picked up the Trigger Trap system a couple of months ago.
Feedback
When it comes to weather shots...Your safety is first. I have done some stupid things to get "the shot" your life is not worth it, please don't try unless you can do it safely. In this shot, I was in my vehicle, the tripod wrapped around the entire front of it and me, camera mounted, with a manual cable release, the camera was set to bulb. The window open opposite of the wind and rain. "protect your equipment". And then I spent the time to get the exposure of the silos without lightning. Then it became a matter of patience. In this case, I knew off my test shots I needed and exposure of between 8 and 16 seconds. Then you "WAIT FOR THE LIGHTNING TO STRIKE". Thank you, Jim Moon

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