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The heavens declare



On an early morning trip to the Rockies to do some photography, I encountered this magnificent sunrise thunderstorm at St. Francis, Alberta about 5:00AM. I re...
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On an early morning trip to the Rockies to do some photography, I encountered this magnificent sunrise thunderstorm at St. Francis, Alberta about 5:00AM. I recorded more than 80 shots. I was the only witness to this glorious event.
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davebelcher December 07, 2016
Thanks for choosing my image for this reward!
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davebelcher February 23, 2018
There are LOTS of image out there just as nice as mine...they just haven't discovered them yet!

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Behind The Lens

Location
St Francis, Alberta, about 100km SW of Edmonton, on the corner of Highway 770 and Twnship Rd 500 south of Genesee.
Time
*About 5 AM*, I wanted to photograph the sunrise over Genesee Lake (the cooling pond for the power plant nearby). No sooner had I completed the panorama of the sunrise, then a thunderstorm began to take shape from the south near Warburg. I setup the camera on a tripod and started clicking. A few flashes of lightening, then the clouds turned black overhead. The sun had not risen just yet, and, a few minutes later, it began to clear the horizon behind me and illuminated the barn and created the rainbow. DRAMATIC OR WHAT!!!!
Lighting
Timing was everything, I recorded about 70 shots in sequence, then moved a kilometer down the highway to the west as the rain was now pelting down...I shot though the open window of the car to stay dry! There are several of these shots in my Viewbug images, horizontal and vertical.
Equipment
Panasonic Lumix GX7. TRIPOD. 14-140 zoom lens. I also recorded a 3-shot panorama. I also had a polarizing filter on the camera which intensified the color in the rainbow when rotated to the optimum position.
Inspiration
There are some times when you have but ONE chance that comes...this was it. I was the only witness to this glorious event!!! All the people in farms nearby were still asleep!
Editing
Nothing special. Minor contrast enhancement in Photoline V. 18.05
In my camera bag
A Lumix, + a Sigma DP3 Merrill plus a Gigapan for big panoramas.
Feedback
http://www.pbase.com/darby2/the_thunderstorm_june_28_2014

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