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the flash

I was already on my way home, when I found a lavender field, whose rows were aligned exactly to the departing storm. I took two hundred pictures before there wa...
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I was already on my way home, when I found a lavender field, whose rows were aligned exactly to the departing storm. I took two hundred pictures before there was a flash. Wonderfully, this was one of the few places where I could take pictures all by myself.
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6 Comments | Report
KathyHolliker PRO
KathyHolliker August 01, 2021
Very well done!
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Cameraupoint Jul 10
Great timing
Oshri Jul 22
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Cetacean282 Jul 22
Hard to capture, brilliant
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barbaratunick Aug 31
Wow! Wonderful!
karenkohlenberger Platinum
very nice

Behind The Lens

This picture was taken on the high plateau of Valensole, in Provence in the south of France
It was in the evening, just before sunset, when I was actually on my way back to the hotel. From the road I saw a lavender field, behind which the thunderstorm was gathering
It was still quite light, so it was not possible to leave the shutter open for a long time and wait for a flash. I took hundreds of pictures with short exposure times until I finally saw a nice flash
I used my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, a Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens and a tripod
I love thunderstorm photography and therefore take every opportunity to do so. Unfortunately, there are not often opportunities: the time, the foreground, then often the rain and strong wind come before you can take good pictures ... Fortunately, everything worked out well here
I had to crop the picture a bit - since you never know where the flash will appear, I chose a larger section and cropped the picture in post-processing so that the flash comes into its own
In my camera bag
First and foremost, I photograph landscapes. I have two lenses in my backpack for this genre: the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. Various ND and GND filters as well as a tripod are of course always included. If the way to the photo spot is not too long or too difficult, I also like to take the Tamron 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 SP Di VC USM with me for detailed shots. Occasionally I do astrophotography with the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art but this thing is so heavy that it is only taken for that special occasion. My second big passion is wildlife photography. Here I have the Tamron SP 150-600mm F / 5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (also very heavy and therefore not always in the backpack) for the larger and more abrasive specimens and the Tamron SP 90mm 1: 2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD for the tiny ones For indoor photography and other occasions where you need an ultra-wide angle, I recently added another heavyweight - the Sigma 12-24mm f / 4 DG HSM Art, which is not always included due to the weight. I use all those lenses with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV My newest toy is a drone: the dji Mavic 2 pro for unusual perspectives, abstractions and a view over the fog
The lavender fields of Provence are always good for beautiful photos. But be careful! There are very many tourists and photographers there at the time of the lavender bloom. You need luck to find a field where there are no people in the picture and even more luck to be able to observe a thunderstorm behind this field

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