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Super Cell over the Canola



During the summer months the area west of the No. 2 highway and south of Edmonton is subject to some pretty intense convective storms. This is an image of a Su...
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During the summer months the area west of the No. 2 highway and south of Edmonton is subject to some pretty intense convective storms. This is an image of a Super Cell that is beginning to dissipate.
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traceygodby PRO
 
traceygodby May 06, 2018
Beautiful photo. Such stunning colors
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Morshed December 05, 2018
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
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anasalafif December 31, 2018
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Beautiful Picture... Congratulations!!!

Behind The Lens

Location
The image is actually a panorama of a group of images taken about 10 miles west of Didsbury Alberta. It was the middle of the summer and large Super Cell storms are common during that time of the year.
Time
Late in the evening, the sun was low on the horizon and I was shooting to the south.
Lighting
The sun was to the right of the image and low on the horizon. The sun was the only source of light.
Equipment
The camera was a Nikon D800E on a Manfrotto Tripod. I would have to go back in the archives but I believe the lens was a Nikkor 28-300mm Zoom with a polarizing filter attached.
Inspiration
Until I retired from being a university professor one of the things I taught was meteorology. I am fascinated with the sky and I enjoy taking images of storms over the croplands of Alberta.
Editing
In this case, the Colors and Contrast were adjusted to be a little richer and I used Smart Sharpen in PHOTOSHOP to help with the detail.
In my camera bag
I pack my bag for specific shoots with different collections of gear however when I am out doing landscapes I use a Nikon D850, a Manfrotto Tripod, a Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 Lens, a Nikon 28-300mm Zoom and a SIGMA 150-600mm Zoom, There are polarizers on the 28-300mm and the SIGMA 150-600mm Zoom. I have also begun to use the Nikon software on my cell phone to trip the shutter of the camera and to review the image results. The long lens helps me get some interesting images of the Rocky Mountains to the west of us as the sun is going down.
Feedback
Weather changes quickly affecting the light. It's likely that you will only have a few minutes of interesting light so its best to be set up and ready when it happens. While I have done it, jumping out of the truck and taking a shot handheld is not optimal, especially when the light is going quickly. Take the time to scout possible places and use some of the software helps to get ready like the Photographer's Ephemeris. Don't hesitate to return to the same place often, the light is always different and you may get a completely different feel in different shooting sessions. Know how to set up your camera for the kind of shooting you are going to be doing before you leave the house. I find that trying to remember all the details of camera set up while in the field creates bad results and wastes time. Get ready as best you can at home.

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