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As a storm chaser, I know how hard it is to get a good shot. This was one night where I was incredibly lucky.

I decided to head out and see what I could catch. I drove and drove and drove in hopes of catching this one cell. While there were many cells firing there was one was the most active.

I ended up driving about 50 miles and came across the perfect spot. I had intercepted the storm and the show I was given was simply amazing.

The pictures from this storm actually made it on the local news in my area.

What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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While not my primary camera, I use the Canon XSI 450D for my storm hunting. I would literally kill myself if I got a drop of water on my Mark II. Haha
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:iconkosari:
Kosari Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We don't get that many lightning storms in my area, but I love them. Spectacular shot :D
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WhatIsFreedomToYou Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O.O!! this is real?!? i knew mother narture was deadly but darn!!! this picture terreringly awesome!!!
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PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Thank you so much. Oh yeah, this is 100% real. I didn't even process this shot. haha One of the most intense storms I have ever witnessed. I was scared to death. :)
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patriiiii Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Hello :brushteeth: !
This was featured in the Best of August 2010 :D [link] :D news article !
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:iconphotoalterations:
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
That is awesome! The link doesn't seem to work though.

Thanks again!
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:iconaim--cloud:
aim--cloud Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
o m g :wow:
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:iconphotoalterations:
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
Thank you!
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:iconaim--cloud:
aim--cloud Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
U R welcome ^^
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:iconle-ursel:
Le-Ursel Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
WOW
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:iconphotoalterations:
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Thank you!
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:iconthecapricorn:
thecapricorn Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Really scarry!
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:iconphotoalterations:
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
It was! Haha
Thanks!
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:iconelleonnass:
Elleonnass Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a great one!
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:iconphotoalterations:
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Thank you so much!
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:iconreluctant-artist-01:
reluctant-artist-01 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG!!! Really amaazing shot!!! i love storms n lightning!
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:iconphotoalterations:
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Thank you so much! The hard part is waiting!
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:iconreluctant-artist-01:
reluctant-artist-01 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
your welcome! the pic is def worth the wait :D
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:iconalyzzard:
alyzzard Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Student Photographer
:o luuuckkyy ive been wanting there to be lightning so that i could get a picturee; but it hasnt happened yet :/ this is a really good picture!(:
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:iconphotoalterations:
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Thank you so much. I am sure you will get the shot you have always wanted!
Thanks again!
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:iconalyzzard:
alyzzard Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Student Photographer
i hope i do soon! lol and no problemm!(:
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:iconphotoalterations:
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
;-)
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:iconerikku-kun:
Erikku-Kun Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful shot amazing timing
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:iconphotoalterations:
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Thank you so much. I really appreciate it!
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:iconboca13:
BOCA13 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
this is soooo AMAZING

AWESOME :thumbsup:
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:iconphotoalterations:
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Thank you Thank you Thank you!
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:iconlordofphoenixdawn:
LordofPhoenixDawn Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
OMG! Lightningy ^_^ I'm from FL and have been in tropics and saw stuff like this but not THAT close....wow.
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PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
I spent many years in FL. Much of my childhood and seen some incredible lightning. Probably why I am so drawn to storms now.

Thank you very much for your comment!
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:iconjoshimi:
Joshimi Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
what can i tell-simply amazing :aww:
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PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Thank you very, very much!
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:iconirrationalrationale:
irrationalrationale Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Fantastic.
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:iconphotoalterations:
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Thank you!
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:iconashimbabbar:
ashimbabbar Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
you know, I didn't think this sort of thing actually happened
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:iconphotoalterations:
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
What actually happens? Sorry it is late, I'm tired and not following. ;-)
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ashimbabbar Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
such aaaawesome display of lightning !!! Thx for featuring it !!
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:iconphotoalterations:
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Thank you so much for your comment. I really appreciate that!
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NobilisKrypton Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconlightningplz: DANG! Do you program yo camera to take a shot when lightning happens? This is amazing!
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PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
The hard part is catching the storm. If you got the storm, the hard part is over. Best results come from when the rain has passed but you can get good results even with light to medium rain fall.

Set up camera. Tripod is a MUST! IT CAN NOT MOVE!
Manual mode. Set lens to manual. Adjust ISO and exposure settings to match distance from storm.

If the storm is close, shorter exposure.

Tracking down the storm is the hard part! Really is!
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:iconnobiliskrypton:
NobilisKrypton Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dang, you've got to have a lot of patience to do that then!
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:iconphotoalterations:
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Patience is key. So many times I would get out, chase and end up following a cell that was dying out. Waste hours or sometimes the entire night. That can test your patience.

But, when you catch the right storm and you have that camera with you, it is one incredible feeling. To know you are catching this incredible power in action is amazing.

Makes it all worth while.
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NobilisKrypton Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would want to chase tornadoes. that's immense.
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:iconphotoalterations:
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
I want to do that so bad! I am hoping that one day I will!
Could you imagine watching a tornado ripping through a field?

Wow!
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:iconnobiliskrypton:
NobilisKrypton Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
me too!
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:iconramawat:
ramawat Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
kewl............... :)
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:iconphotoalterations:
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Thanks Mate!
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:iconjazzimini:
JaZziMini Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This.Is.Amazing.
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:iconphotoalterations:
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Thank you very much! I really appreciate that!
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:iconjazzimini:
JaZziMini Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Your welcome :)
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entropicuniverse Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Awesome. And the Mark II will stand a bit of water, just don't give it a swirly.
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:iconphotoalterations:
PhotoAlterations Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
I am sure it can handle a drop or two...I guess I am a bit of puss! Haha
Thanks mate!
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entropicuniverse Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
"Canon's 5DMK2's weather sealing is Tropical Storm capable ! Call this terrific"
[link]
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Jul 26, 2010, 9:57:44 PM

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