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A cloud explosion over the mexican caribbean Sea.

A cloud explosion over the mexican caribbean Sea.
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leventnoyancetin
 
leventnoyancetin January 25, 2014
Wow great shot
chrisrgivens
 
chrisrgivens January 25, 2014
nice shot!!
morriskleyman
 
morriskleyman February 15, 2014
Magnificent shot!! Morris K.
kathleenweetman PRO+
 
kathleenweetman March 16, 2014
Incredible clouds.......wonderful capture....voted
Timbo
 
Timbo July 10, 2014
Wow, very powerful shot.... Well done
yourlily
 
yourlily July 10, 2014
Amazing!
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita July 10, 2014
wicked sky!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta July 10, 2014
Fabulous shot. Congratulations on being Featured.
enriqueguadiz
 
enriqueguadiz July 10, 2014
Stunning photo! Congratulations and well done :)
Bonnie_D PRO
 
Bonnie_D July 10, 2014
WOW!!!!
mrspaulding
 
mrspaulding July 10, 2014
awesome shot!!!!
vojce PRO
 
vojce July 10, 2014
superb..bravo
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 July 10, 2014
Great capture. Congratulations on being featured!
shema
 
shema July 10, 2014
breathtaking and beautiful! congrats
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life July 10, 2014
WOOWIE !! aahhhmazing !! CONGRATS ! :):)
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 July 10, 2014
Absolutely amazing shot... Congrats!! ")
RockingArrowPhotography
 
RockingArrowPhotography July 10, 2014
Fantastic shot!!
srimanta
 
srimanta July 10, 2014
excellent shot....congrats... :) Sri
kimberlyspencer1000 PRO
 
kimberlyspencer1000 July 10, 2014
Shot of a lifetime, right there!!! Absolutely breathtaking!!
debhall PRO+
 
debhall July 10, 2014
WOW! Stunning shot...congrats on your feature!
GBloniarz PRO+
 
GBloniarz July 10, 2014
WOW!!
arminebalasanyan
 
arminebalasanyan July 10, 2014
amazing colors!
patrick9x9 PRO
 
patrick9x9 July 10, 2014
Wow, this is amazing, great job
JulianneBradford
 
JulianneBradford July 10, 2014
Wowza! Gave me chills!
Celtic
 
Celtic July 10, 2014
great!!
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi July 10, 2014
Awesome shot, congratulations !
wandahojan
 
wandahojan July 10, 2014
looks unreal! amazing pic!
iceman2
 
iceman2 July 10, 2014
Wonderful shot.Congrats!
KIRWAN PRO
 
KIRWAN July 10, 2014
Powerful, beautiful and magnificent. A true masterpiece. Many well deserved congrats.
HectorRivera PRO
 
HectorRivera July 10, 2014
Great shot
ltj
 
ltj July 10, 2014
Scary,beautiful,super catch, I love it .Congrats
TammyN
 
TammyN July 10, 2014
That's just awesome - so wish I was sitting there watching it come in :)
chrissy2rn
 
chrissy2rn July 10, 2014
Wow.
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lynnwiezycki July 10, 2014
Beautiful!
SarahKeates PRO
 
SarahKeates July 10, 2014
Very cool! Congrats!
akhtarkhan
 
akhtarkhan July 10, 2014
Great result using ultra wide angle lens.......well done.Congrats on the feature.
LionesLens
 
LionesLens July 10, 2014
Super shot! I love, love, love cumulonimbus clouds!
LionesLens
 
LionesLens July 10, 2014
Congratulations!
LionesLens
 
LionesLens July 10, 2014
Congratulations!
SparkofHawaii Premium
 
SparkofHawaii July 10, 2014
Great capture!
DhirenBhundiaPhotography Premium
 
DhirenBhundiaPhotography July 10, 2014
Amazing shot!!! :)
Bannekh
 
Bannekh July 11, 2014
Terrific shot
dmanis
 
dmanis July 11, 2014
Fabulous capture!
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 July 11, 2014
Wow - such an amazing capture! Gorgeous! Congrats on being Featured!
coastluver59
 
coastluver59 July 11, 2014
Amazing cloud formation, wonderful capture!
loganwilliams
 
loganwilliams July 11, 2014
Sick shot
stone12
 
stone12 July 12, 2014
Super capture and the blues and greens are fantastic, congrats
jchurch
 
jchurch July 13, 2014
Awesome capture
slagtersven Premium
 
slagtersven July 14, 2014
WOW, beautiful colors
tolep8nt
 
tolep8nt July 14, 2014
Wow! So beautiful.
MikeHiggins PRO
 
MikeHiggins July 15, 2014
Stunning. A great shot.
Kcole11
 
Kcole11 July 15, 2014
wow!!! what is this? Is this a storm
Kcole11
 
Kcole11 July 15, 2014
I sent the message befor reading sorry. amazing shot
CappyGirl
 
CappyGirl July 15, 2014
Stunning capture of an approaching storm front, love that dark sky against the clarity of the water!
sharongarland
 
sharongarland August 05, 2014
Amazing!!
MelanieOConnor Premium
 
MelanieOConnor August 09, 2014
This is astounding!
Vince542 Premium
 
Vince542 August 11, 2014
Great capture!!!
joelmiles
 
joelmiles August 14, 2014
wow
tcausley
 
tcausley September 08, 2014
Wow, What a great Capture!!
Pat-ographYOU
 
Pat-ographYOU September 20, 2014
When nature performs, to be ready to shoot is so fragile a time. You handled this so delicately, composure of you and your pic',=TOP DRAWER!
babspictures
 
babspictures October 12, 2014
"I'm the beginning and the end. Are you listening." YOU were called to capture this moment. How blessed!
ntgreen PRO+
 
ntgreen November 12, 2014
Spectacular!
Kirner23
 
Kirner23 November 22, 2014
EPIC!
clairemazischrysostomou
 
clairemazischrysostomou December 04, 2014
WOW!
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life December 25, 2014
WOOW ...!!! :):)
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi December 26, 2014
excellent capture !
ravi244
 
ravi244 January 02, 2015
Great timing .. :-)
jerryb
 
jerryb January 04, 2015
stunning!
fawnnicoleklaver
 
fawnnicoleklaver January 18, 2015
this is a really sweet photo what do u all recommend is the best camra out right now I have a Nikon d3000 but looking to upgrade .
fredpruitt PRO
 
fredpruitt February 12, 2015
NICE !
JDay PRO
 
JDay February 15, 2015
Gorgeous
slavaalekseev
 
slavaalekseev February 19, 2015
Nice explosion! :-)
paulluarcajr
 
paulluarcajr March 04, 2015
JUST AWESOME!
RhondaMcD
 
RhondaMcD March 06, 2015
I was going to say Poof…but I saw the title of your photo and well, you say it better. Congratulations.
raybilcliff
 
raybilcliff March 11, 2015
magical
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots April 21, 2015
Great capture. Congrats!
MelanieOConnor Premium
 
MelanieOConnor May 09, 2015
This is an incredible capture. Love it!
jimmoon_8772 PRO
 
jimmoon_8772 May 23, 2015
Incredible!
LaurieS PRO+
 
LaurieS May 23, 2015
Beautiful, I just love cloud photos. Never two alike.
gmayster01 PRO+
 
gmayster01 May 30, 2015
Bursting with energy
KennethHuskey
 
KennethHuskey May 30, 2015
Nice capture.
werol
 
werol September 11, 2015
what view!
icemanphotos
 
icemanphotos September 22, 2015
Amazing clouds!
Beegirl
 
Beegirl September 17, 2016
Very nice capture
emilymcneill
 
emilymcneill November 04, 2016
What an amazing shot of an amazing cloud!
Aljawashe
 
Aljawashe May 01, 2017
Wow amazing shot

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Behind The Lens

Location
In Mexico, during one of my travels I was visiting Isla Holbox, a small Island in the gulf of Mexico. A really dreamy place.
Time
Was almost midday, or just few minutes after.
Lighting
Yes, I had to use a polarizer to reduce the reflection of the water and then gain some contrast in the clouds. I shoot 2 stops under the camera suggested exposure which was measured on the grey part of the cloud, everything in manual mode with the VR activated.
Equipment
A Nikon D800, freehand, with a Nikkor 16-35 F/4 wideangle lens, and a B+W Polarizer filter
Inspiration
I was bathing when I started to observe this giant cloud forming on the Mexican coast and coming toward us, then I did a run to my hotel room to grab the camera and frame it.
Editing
Yes, the image is an HDR resulting from 5 differente exposures, all exposures are done with a 1Ev interval and all of them are done freehand. I've used Photomatix pro to combine them and Apple Aperture for the final touches.
In my camera bag
A MacBook Pro, An iPad Air 128Gb, A Nikon D800 as main body and a secondary camera body (it was a D300 but soon will be a D810), a Nikon 16-35 F/4 Wide angle, a Nikon 24-70 F/2.8 Zoom, and a Nikon 70-200 f/4 zoom, A 77mm B+W Polarizer filter, a Manfrotto 190CX Pro 4 Tripod, 2 hard disks for backup, 10 Memory cards (5SD and 5CF), and a Sigma 15mm fisheye. Ah! Yes and a GoPro hero black edition, if I go underwater, but soon will buy an underwater case for the D800. Really, I travel very heavy...
Feedback
The best advice I can give is to bring always a good polarizer filter, and a really good one, don't save money on such kind of filter. Never, the Nikon Technician have spent lot of time in balancing your lenses, placing a low cost filter over them will waste their work, your work, and your lens. The polarizer is mandatory for this kind of photography, it can strongly improve the contrasts, reveal a lot of small details (due to contrast) and remove the water or other shiny surfaces reflections (if needed) like skin, glasses, foliage. It will help to achieve strong and well saturated colors. In second instance, I always shot 1 or 2 stops lower than the suggested exposure, to avoid burnt or over exposed whites and high-lights. In this kind of photo it is important to avoid white holes in the sky.

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