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A large shelf cloud packing strong winds, rain and hail near Kindersley Saskatchewan Canada.

A large shelf cloud packing strong winds, rain and hail near Kindersley Saskatchewan Canada.
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82 Comments | Report
Jillybean56
 
Jillybean56 January 04, 2016
Wow! An amazing capture, congrats!
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RyanWunsch January 07, 2016
Thank you very much!
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carlvanderwouden January 04, 2016
Wow, just awesome!
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RyanWunsch January 07, 2016
It was quite a sight!
loravoras
 
loravoras January 06, 2016
Dramatic sky, superb capture, congrats :)
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RyanWunsch January 07, 2016
Thank you Lora!
LindaEllen
 
LindaEllen January 06, 2016
Congrats from Saskatoon!
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RyanWunsch January 07, 2016
Thanks Linda!
rhondas PRO+
 
rhondas January 07, 2016
Nice! Congrats!
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RyanWunsch January 07, 2016
Thank you Rhonda!
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset January 09, 2016
Oh! Impressive cloud formation well captured. Congrats!
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RyanWunsch January 09, 2016
Thank you very much!
florinabelu-alexandru
 
florinabelu-alexandru January 10, 2016
Superb!But you already know this!I wish take some pictures like that,one day.Please tell me what lens did you use,if you used a tripod and a flah.Thank you.
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RyanWunsch January 24, 2016
I had my older T3I with me this day, and used the efs 17-55mm f/2.8 usm
k2graphics
 
k2graphics January 13, 2016
Nice balance of contrasting colors. These types of clouds are magnificent.
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RyanWunsch January 24, 2016
Thank you, the canola field was lucky.
howie516 PRO
 
howie516 January 14, 2016
Nature sure put on a show for you! What a beautiful capture, a stunning photo.
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RyanWunsch January 24, 2016
Thank you very much!
alisawilkerson
 
alisawilkerson January 20, 2016
Wow!! Very cool and creative!!!!!!!!!!!!
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RyanWunsch January 24, 2016
Thank you very much!
DenaeAmber
 
DenaeAmber January 23, 2016
This is incredible! I can't imagine being on the ground looking at a sky like this!
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RyanWunsch January 24, 2016
It was pretty amazing to watch.
IanDMcGregor PRO
 
IanDMcGregor January 27, 2016
Superb!
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RyanWunsch January 28, 2016
Thanks Ian!
ori
 
ori January 27, 2016
Awesome
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RyanWunsch January 28, 2016
Thanks Ori!
alanmartin_0420
 
alanmartin_0420 February 15, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
susanneradke
 
susanneradke February 20, 2016
just stunning....
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RyanWunsch February 21, 2016
Thanks Susanne!
ladysnaps
 
ladysnaps February 20, 2016
Powerful and beautiful!
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RyanWunsch February 21, 2016
Thank you very much!
clownsonvelvet PRO
 
clownsonvelvet March 21, 2016
speechless
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RyanWunsch April 02, 2016
So was I when I saw it.
maureenrueffer
 
maureenrueffer March 22, 2016
Wow!! That is awesome!!
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RyanWunsch April 02, 2016
Thank you
trevordawesphotography
 
trevordawesphotography March 27, 2016
Outstanding shot ,I just put a similar photo up myself, Gets hairy at that point, Seriously thinking about running Lol.. ;-)
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RyanWunsch April 02, 2016
I stuck around longer than I should have.
deti
 
deti March 28, 2016
wow!
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RyanWunsch April 02, 2016
I think that is what i said as I was taking the pictures.
SweetLime
SweetLime Feb 01
@RyanWunsch hahahaha
annchalker PRO
 
annchalker May 12, 2016
One amazing photo. Congratulations
jettahlily008 PRO
 
jettahlily008 May 12, 2016
Super!!! :)
shivrekha
 
shivrekha June 10, 2016
Congrats!
ErrolFW
 
ErrolFW June 12, 2016
Mighty shot! What a storm!
ElieserC
 
ElieserC June 13, 2016
Mind blown!
rosalynncolombo PRO
 
rosalynncolombo June 14, 2016
Awesome I love Mother nature!! Great shot!
fransm
 
fransm June 20, 2016
Awesome photo
nemnemihailova
 
nemnemihailova August 24, 2016
?????????? ????? ???????
forcexxibigbad
 
forcexxibigbad August 31, 2016
If I had not seen that type of storm front myself I would think it was fake. Beautiful capture! Bravo bringing it to life the way you did. I have a chill, that is a bad sign if you are in its way.
shellyk
 
shellyk September 08, 2016
What a fabulous photo Well done.
roccochiara
 
roccochiara September 08, 2016
Impressionante!!!
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Hamburgensie September 26, 2016
what an amazing shot!
cyrillinegoodman
 
cyrillinegoodman October 11, 2016
IMPRESSIVE IMAGE! Well done! Congratulations on being a finalist1
tessamercieca
 
tessamercieca October 21, 2016
this is just stunning!!! I have NEVER seen a sky like that in my life.....so dramatic, beautiful, strong & scary all at the same time. Where was this taken (country)?
tessamercieca
 
tessamercieca October 21, 2016
this is just stunning!!! I have NEVER seen a sky like that in my life.....so dramatic, beautiful, strong & scary all at the same time. Where was this taken (country)?
tessamercieca
 
tessamercieca October 21, 2016
just read below that it's in Canada - again...just amazing. well done
tessamercieca
 
tessamercieca October 21, 2016
just read below that it's in Canada - again...just amazing. well done
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson November 01, 2016
Outstanding capture.
VanillaDolphinz
 
VanillaDolphinz February 12, 2017
Amazing
oldideas392003
 
oldideas392003 March 25, 2017
So awesome it looks like it isn't real! Love photos of clouds and weather best. Can you give me pointers on how you caught that?
oldideas392003
 
oldideas392003 March 25, 2017
Love this! Love photos of the weather and clouds the best! Can you tell me a bit on how you got that shot?
photoluv PRO
 
photoluv March 26, 2017
Amazing I
LeErmo
 
LeErmo March 27, 2017
??????????????
illuminati
 
illuminati April 10, 2017
Dope!
shema
 
shema April 25, 2017
storm chasers delight! loving your gallery...
Aljawashe
 
Aljawashe May 01, 2017
Wow fantastic shot
Vimophoto
 
Vimophoto May 25, 2017
Great shot. what setting were you on when you captured this?
vahidarvisch
 
vahidarvisch June 10, 2017
wow the most magnificent Cloud i have ever seen.bravo
Arisdaeng
 
Arisdaeng June 17, 2017
amazing
deberahfeagansburgess
 
deberahfeagansburgess June 24, 2017
Amazing
marcinszymanski
 
marcinszymanski July 09, 2017
Splendid picture, congrats!
sarahcassim
 
sarahcassim July 28, 2017
Wow. ????
Rufayda_younis
 
Rufayda_younis August 03, 2017
????????
Sharonalben
 
Sharonalben August 08, 2017
Amazing cloud.. wonderful capture! How????
CPF_Photography PRO
 
CPF_Photography August 17, 2017
An astonishing cloud bank!
Capnhook0
 
Capnhook0 September 04, 2017
Amazing shot, but where's the lonely tree?
NejPan
 
NejPan September 06, 2017
Wow it's full force of nature w wonderful colors and composition
irishrose1958
 
irishrose1958 September 19, 2017
Amazing shot simply amazing
brittabia
 
brittabia September 23, 2017
Amazing shot!!!!!
niyantashetye
 
niyantashetye October 11, 2017
class shot!! loved the details
mattxxframes
 
mattxxframes October 25, 2017
Amazing Ryan... great click
scottydog
 
scottydog February 01, 2018
Wow ! Great capture
Corabelle PRO
 
Corabelle February 02, 2018
Amazing!
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bobtoye March 20, 2018
Spectacular image!
JessFonseca
 
JessFonseca March 22, 2018
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
JessFonseca
 
JessFonseca March 22, 2018
Amazing!
lesliebinder PRO+
 
lesliebinder March 23, 2018
Wow!!!!!
Julesm2012 PRO
 
Julesm2012 April 07, 2018
Awesome photo, very dramatic well done !!!
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 April 14, 2018
This is an amazing shot. I hope that you were safe when you were photographing this.
Wesley_Bos
 
Wesley_Bos May 14, 2018
wow awesome
doubleplay PRO+
 
doubleplay May 18, 2018
Congrats, that is a WOW!
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography May 30, 2018
Awesome capture. / Voted
debbiespeed PRO+
 
debbiespeed July 15, 2018
This is one of my favorites in this contest!
Neckbone
 
Neckbone August 12, 2018
Awesome image!
Spidersilk PRO+
 
Spidersilk September 20, 2018
Nature can be amazing and frightening at the same time.
Absolutly WOW!!!!
Neckbone
 
Neckbone October 06, 2018
Awesome image!
joannanicholson
 
joannanicholson December 20, 2018
Blows my mind would so live to see this
joannanicholson
 
joannanicholson December 20, 2018
Awesome
SweetLime
 
SweetLime Feb 01
love the yellow green, you really squeezed it well lol
jan1
 
jan1 Feb 06
Amazing
ianlloydwilliams
 
WOW..! God sure put on a show for you..
Right place at the right time.. great capture Ryan.. :o)
BiggShots PRO+
 
BiggShots Jul 22
What an incredible capture of a beautiful super cell! Very well done!

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Behind The Lens

Location
30km East of Kindersley Saskatchewan Canada
Time
8:40 pm
Lighting
As I saw this massive shelf cloud approaching through the smoke 30 km East of Kindersley Saskatchewan, I drove off of the highway to try to find something interesting for the foreground. This blooming canola field had to do. It is very dark under a large storm like this, you only really realize it when you set your shutter speed.
Equipment
I shot this with a Canon T3i at F/7.1, 1/3 sec, ISO-200, 21mm on a Manfrotto Tripod.
Inspiration
Sometimes you just get lucky… I work in Northern Saskatchewan and flew to work on a Wednesday. Other storm chasers knew I was very disappointed to miss the set up for storms on Thursday. It seemed to be a common occurrence that big storms would fire up as soon as I flew to work and could no longer chase or photograph them. The smoke from massive fires in the North was very thick, the nurses flew me out from work on Thursday afternoon because I had a pre-existing respiratory issue. I landed in Saskatoon Saskatchewan and quickly checked the radar. I originally thought I would miss this storm, but when I next checked the radar while getting fuel on the way home, I could see that it had formed a large line and was headed towards me. At this point I could not have missed it if I wanted to. I keep my first DSLR - a Canon T3I - in a food cooler in my truck during the summer for times just like this. I was very glad I had it with me this day. As I saw this massive shelf cloud approaching through the smoke 30 km East of Kindersley Saskatchewan, I drove off of the highway to try to find something interesting for the foreground. This blooming canola field had to do. I stayed snapping pictures and admiring this massive storm longer than I should have. When the strong winds hit I had difficulty opening the door of my truck. I thought I locked myself out! Wind speeds were measured at 136 km/hr, and did a lot of damage to the farms in the area. One farm yard lost every building except the house. The house lost every window except for 1.
Editing
Processed in Adobe Camera Raw. Saturation, Shadows and Clarity adjustments.
In my camera bag
For shots like this I normally use my Canon 6D and a 24-70 f/2.8 II or 16-35 f/2.8 II. But I keep my first DSLR - a Canon T3I - in a food cooler in my truck during the summer for times just like this. I was very glad I had it with me this day.
Feedback
Storms can be very dangerous to photograph. If you have never done so, i'd suggest going with an experienced storm chaser. They will often let you come along if you help pay for your share of fuel. You can read many books and watch many videos, but they do not fully prepare you for being close to a large storm.

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