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Storm on the Horizon in Denver



I went out for sunset pictures with the sunflowers but it was windy and not so good but then this storm came in with lightning and made things so much more inte...
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I went out for sunset pictures with the sunflowers but it was windy and not so good but then this storm came in with lightning and made things so much more interesting!
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33 Comments | Report
NashLongImages
 
NashLongImages November 29, 2016
Great timing
beckyreding PRO
 
beckyreding February 26, 2017
REALLY COOL!! GREAT JOB!
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Jason_Hayes March 13, 2017
Thank you Becky!
milanbarta
 
milanbarta March 01, 2017
omg amazing wooooow
Witmar
 
Witmar March 01, 2017
amazing picture
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Jason_Hayes March 13, 2017
Thanks Witmar!
mavishageman
 
mavishageman March 01, 2017
I like how the horizon divides both elements of sky and land so strongly.
loved2030
 
loved2030 March 03, 2017
Wow
Beegirl
 
Beegirl March 05, 2017
Amazing capture
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Jason_Hayes March 13, 2017
Thank you medlabtech!
EdithNero
 
EdithNero March 13, 2017
Stunning capture
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Jason_Hayes March 13, 2017
Thanks Edith!
JayneBug Platinum
 
JayneBug March 18, 2017
Magnificent capture. Unique and beautiful.
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Jason_Hayes March 18, 2017
Thank you JayneBug!
JWeed
 
JWeed March 24, 2017
Great image!
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Jason_Hayes March 24, 2017
Thanks JWeed!
Txpixelpixie
 
Txpixelpixie March 24, 2017
Incredible! So glad you stuck around so we can live vicariously through this capture!!
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Jason_Hayes March 25, 2017
Thank you very much Oh_Nicole!
photoluv Platinum
 
photoluv March 26, 2017
Amazing shot
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Jason_Hayes March 26, 2017
Thanks photoluv!
nforb91
 
nforb91 March 29, 2017
Omg I love this! And I love storms!! ????????
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Jason_Hayes March 30, 2017
Thank you very much nforb91! I love storms too!
jenibrown
 
jenibrown March 30, 2017
WOW just WONDERFUL
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Jason_Hayes March 31, 2017
Thank you so much Jenibrown!
T4sh4
 
T4sh4 May 14, 2017
Wow!
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Jason_Hayes May 16, 2017
Thanks T4sh4!
sallyG11
 
sallyG11 May 25, 2017
Truly brilliant, spectacular capture in depth and colour!
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Jason_Hayes May 25, 2017
Thanks sallygravener!
martinjambrajambrich
 
martinjambrajambrich May 27, 2017
Breathtaking photography
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Jason_Hayes May 31, 2017
Thank you very much!
Marcpen
 
Marcpen June 30, 2017
Brilliant picture, a great composition
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Jason_Hayes July 09, 2017
Thank you Marcpen!
Davebfc7
 
Davebfc7 July 21, 2017
Awesome shot
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Jason_Hayes July 28, 2017
Thank you Davebfc7!
Vanismile Platinum
 
Vanismile July 26, 2017
Incredible and lovely capture:)
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Jason_Hayes July 28, 2017
Thank you very much Vanismile!
DeannaOwnsHerOwn
 
DeannaOwnsHerOwn March 31, 2018
Love it
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Jason_Hayes August 07, 2018
Thanks!
FergalBrady
 
FergalBrady July 19, 2018
One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen
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Jason_Hayes August 07, 2018
Thank you very much!
MamaG513
 
MamaG513 August 02, 2018
This is absolutely breathtaking!
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Jason_Hayes August 07, 2018
Thank you so much MamaG513!
Rezaw
 
Rezaw November 16, 2018
Amazing
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Jason_Hayes November 19, 2018
Thank you!
andreaeptonward PRO
 
andreaeptonward November 27, 2018
Amazing capture x
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Jason_Hayes December 01, 2018
Thank you very much!
seenthroughmylens
 
seenthroughmylens March 23, 2019
Beautiful
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Jason_Hayes March 24, 2019
Thank you!
Perfektliflawedd
 
Perfektliflawedd April 18, 2019
This is incredible!
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Jason_Hayes April 21, 2019
Thanks!
thunderlake PRO+
 
thunderlake May 01, 2019
Incredible and dramatic weather with the sweetness of sunflowers...Congratulations!
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Jason_Hayes May 13, 2019
Thank you!
Birdlover!!
 
Birdlover!! August 28, 2021
AMAZING PHOTO!!
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Jason_Hayes September 01, 2021
Thank you very much!
tysonator
 
tysonator December 06, 2021
Love the moody atmosphere
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Jason_Hayes December 23, 2021
Thanks!
RayofSunshinee
 
stunning
RayofSunshinee
 
stunning
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Jason_Hayes Aug 02
Thank you!
FViewNH
 
FViewNH Aug 09
Wow!! I love the lighting!
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Jason_Hayes Aug 12
Thanks! It always seems to get a little better just after the sun goes down
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken a little east of Denver Colorado near the airport. There are fields of sunflowers and every August photographers search for just the right one.
Time
This photo was shot just as the sun was going down. All the other photographers had left as it was starting to get dark but I stuck around to see what the fast moving storm would do hoping to get some nice lightning strikes.
Lighting
The lighting for this is interesting because the sun was dipping below the horizon but it was still giving off a nice glow. It was also dark enough from the storm clouds to get some long exposures and pick up the lightning without over exposing the sunflowers.
Equipment
This shot was taken with a Nikon D7000. The lens was most likely my Nikkor 18-300. I use a sturdy Manfrotto Tripod and Really Right Stuff ball head.
Inspiration
I had seen many other photos from these Sunflower fields loved the seas of yellow. It is a bit of an adventure trying to find these fields which for me is a part of the fun. I was afraid my pictures where going to be boring as the sunset was full but then when this crazy storm blew in it completely changed by approach as the background was quickly becoming more interesting than the foreground!
Editing
For this photo I did a bit of sharpening to bring out the structure of the clouds and dialed up the vibrance to bring out the color of the fading sun.
In my camera bag
My bag pretty much always has my Nikon D7000 and two lenses, a Nikkor 18-300 as well as a Tokina 11-16 mm which I use for wide shots or low light and milky way stuff.
Feedback
The fun with this photo is finding the sunflower fields in August. Then I watch the weather forecast to pick a day when there will be some clouds. The next trick is to get there a bit before sunset to figure out some compositions. Then it is really wait and see what the weather does. I always stick around well after the sun sets just too see what the sky does. Some of my favorite photos been taken 30 minutes to an hour after the sun drops below the horizon. For picking up the lightning bolts I use long exposures of 10 seconds or more and just take a lot of shots until I get lucky.

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