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Challenge: Opposites (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: I-87 Rest Area near Harriman State Park, NY
Date: May 10, 2004
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30 seconds
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: May 11, 2004

Scariest storm of my life! But, I couldn't resist trying to take some shots. I've been struggling with a good idea for the Opposites challenge, and then it occured to me... Electricity.

If you like this one, here's another:
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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 286
Avg (all users): 7.2387
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 7.2945
Avg (non-participants): 7.1946
Views since voting: 11253
Votes: 331
Comments: 75
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12/08/2004 01:48:25 AM
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Really Awesome!!!
I love this.
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05/23/2004 01:51:51 PM
Great shot, and congrats.
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05/20/2004 07:37:23 PM
Brilliant !!!!!!!!!!!!
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05/20/2004 08:37:56 AM
Congratulations on a stunning image and the blue.
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05/20/2004 12:31:55 AM
This is a great shot, and gorgeous. And I agree with earlier comments - don't be too modest about this! It is a lot knowing where to point your camera and when, and being willing to take the time and focus to do so. It sure sounds like this storm made the photography a lot easier than a milder storm would, but that doesn't make this photo any less impressive or any less to your credit, IMO. Right place, right time - still only matters if you have what's needed to take advantage of it!
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05/19/2004 12:06:05 PM
Congrats, I loved this pic and rated it as my highest. I love how the wooden pole at the bottom looks like a cross and the lightning forks around it.... and, no I am not particularly religious, I just like the visualization.
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05/19/2004 09:41:12 AM
Don't be so modest about your accomplishment with this picture. I always say that two thirds of
good photography is knowing where to point the camera. You took advantage of a situation that presented itself instead of hiding indoors.
That's good photography.
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05/19/2004 06:57:16 AM
Congratulations on your Blue ribbon,
Well deserved..for the picture and for your bravery :)

Gordon
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05/19/2004 06:27:10 AM
Wow...score one for the newbies!!!! What a great shot. You are SO lucky you weren't electrocuted that night...guess nobody told you that DPC could be a health hazard, did they? :o) LOL

Congratulations!!!!
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05/19/2004 06:25:18 AM
Congratulations! Well deserved first place.
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05/19/2004 05:35:44 AM
It doesn't actually seem to have been commented on, in a quick glance through, but it's the streetlight that makes this shot for me. The high-voltage lines (which would have been the title had it been my shot) are generally, and certainly in photographic terms, percieved as a bad thing - but here you also illustrate the use we make of that power. It has a message about the use we make of out technology - and not a straightforward message either, suiting a not-straightforward debate. Part of the crowning glory of our civilization, or is the world going to take its revenge? Very pleased to see such a challenging shot win this challenge. Don't suppose the visually spectacular nature of it hurt, either :-)
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05/19/2004 05:12:22 AM
Superb capture! Excellent!! Congrats on the ribbon!
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05/19/2004 04:15:07 AM
Wow, it really took you lotsa guts to actually go up close and personal with this mean baby! a truely deserved ribbon! ;)
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05/19/2004 02:37:44 AM
Wow! Thanks to everyone for the supportive and constructive comments! I'm really excited about the win, especially considering my Rusted score.

I'll admit to feeling a little guilty about the shot after getting all the "good for you, I know how difficult lightning shots are to capture" comments. Here's why:

You see, this was one horrific storm. I drove through it for roughly 40 miles and there were hundreds if not thousands of strikes during my drive. Lightning was hitting in front of me, to either side, behind me and above me, I honestly thought I might die that night.

Anyway, after what seemed like hours I managed to get out from under the storm. I pulled over in a rest stop and set up. At first I did it hand held, figuring it would be a cool effect. Those didn't look to great, so I set up the tripod.

Here's the guilt part: Of the 46 lightning shots I took that night (including the ones taken while driving) 22 came out with lightning. Of the 20 I took at that parking lot, 15 came out.

So, was I lucky? To come out alive, for sure! To get the shot that won? Definitely. But, I was luckiest to get to experience that storm and have the luxury of pointing my camera where ever I pleased and to know I would capture lightning in a bottle.

Here's one of my other shots from that night:
77748.jpg

Thanks again,
Ara
05/19/2004 12:12:41 AM
Hi Ara and * Greetings from the Crique Club*

I just critiqued your "Rust" entry a day or two ago.

You will find this critique very different.

When a shot is perfect and already has over 50 comments telling you so, there's just one way:

CONGRATULATIONS!
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05/19/2004 12:09:04 AM
Awesome photo, I changed this to a 10 actually. Congrats on the ribbon...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/18/2004 10:26:31 PM
very cool
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05/18/2004 07:18:19 PM
What an amazing capture. The colors are just wonderful as is your exposure and the framing with the lines in front. I'm not sure the streetlight in the lower right needs to be included, but that's being very picky on my part. Good luck.
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05/18/2004 01:50:09 PM
this is an amazing capture. well done.
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05/17/2004 05:33:55 PM
Not only is this a great picture, it is also IMHO the best capture of opposites in this contest. Great work!
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05/17/2004 05:12:05 PM
great capture & great idea
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05/17/2004 01:23:06 PM
Composition & title absolutely perfect.
Well Done!!!
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05/17/2004 11:40:17 AM
awesome picture...
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05/17/2004 04:10:40 AM
Wow! This is an awesome shot! Wow...
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05/17/2004 01:44:42 AM
interesting take on opposites, I like it. Nice lightning capture, too.
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05/17/2004 01:20:53 AM
Great solution to the challenge. Wonderful shot.
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05/16/2004 11:57:32 PM
Usually I try to clone power lines out of my photos. :-) This is a great idea for this competition and the result is excellent. Great shot.
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05/16/2004 10:17:43 PM
This a a nice shot for the challenge. All the elements seem to work nicely together including the street light. This is one of my top 3 picks.
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05/16/2004 09:58:32 AM
In any other shot, that electrical pole and wires would have ruined the shot. In the sense of opposites, it makes the shot. Great capture. Probably on the the week's best.
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05/16/2004 06:45:15 AM
This is one great image!!! definitey not an easy shot!! 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if i can give it any higher...i would!!!!! :)
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05/15/2004 07:43:16 PM
I was hoping for a shot like this for the Power challenge. Unfortunately, we don't get much lightning here. This is gorgeous.. I love the colors of the sky. Nice opposites, too!
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05/15/2004 06:21:22 PM
right place and right moment! 9
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05/15/2004 04:59:23 PM
This picture has great potential, but a minus for the poles in the bottom and the large empty area in top.
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05/15/2004 10:31:00 AM
nice shot!
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05/15/2004 10:01:54 AM
Nice capture. Dynamic and full of interest.
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05/15/2004 09:09:19 AM
awesome
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05/14/2004 10:39:40 PM
Awesome shot! Only minor problem, I think I might have cropped out the street light near the bottom. It would still be a pretty dramatic shot. 10
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05/14/2004 01:58:51 PM
Fantastic capture and well fitted in to the challenge
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05/14/2004 01:32:43 PM
yeah this is good.
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05/13/2004 09:13:04 PM
great photo and I know its hard to photograph lightning, but the lampost kind of ruins it.
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05/13/2004 07:38:21 PM
Nice capture, how lucky to catch it with that foreground.
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05/13/2004 03:54:33 PM
What a great picture and it fits the challenge perfectly!
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05/13/2004 03:54:25 PM
Super cool.
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05/13/2004 02:42:31 PM
A good shot. You must have been really lucky to get that. Just one little comment: I feel that this picture would be more attractive had you positioned yourself in such a way that your camera pointed along the wires, so that they don't cross the field of vision. (I know that it's impossible to know where the lightning will strike and prepare for it accordingly, so the previous sentence is not meant to be a criticism)
It's a 9 from me
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05/13/2004 12:46:31 PM
wow, nice shot. electricity in all its ways. one of my favorites! -10
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05/13/2004 12:35:08 PM
Right place right time.....wow! Great job.
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05/13/2004 12:33:29 PM
AMAZING! I'm a sucker when it comes to lightning shots.
I gave you a 10 just for the good timing :-)
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05/13/2004 12:31:02 PM
Very nic lightning shot. It is a good capture that fits the challenge well.
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05/13/2004 11:35:19 AM
Wow, this shot makes quite an impression after 200 staged shots. I think you could have cropped down and right to increase the impact of your central elements, after all this is about power not clouds, but that is nit picking, this one is in ribbon territory.
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05/13/2004 02:49:04 AM
Great shot, stretch on the challenge but I won't argue. 7
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05/13/2004 12:52:22 AM
I don't think I would have understood the opposites here without the title. beautiful shot though. Very dramatic. 7
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05/12/2004 11:06:09 PM
Nice capture...but I don't see the opposite here.
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05/12/2004 09:51:28 PM
thats cool but energy is energy no matter how you look at it.
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05/12/2004 09:25:01 PM
It's perfect! Too perfect. It must have takin a long time for the lighting to be right. Or you just edited two shots together. Ether way i'm not sure that you waited and waited for this one in a thousand shot.
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05/12/2004 08:14:40 PM
Awesome shot! I know how hard Lightning is to capture. Gave this a 9! :)
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05/12/2004 07:27:58 PM
nice
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05/12/2004 05:23:47 PM
great idea---brilliant shot--great title---a 9
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05/12/2004 04:37:03 PM
very cool
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05/12/2004 03:09:04 PM
Wow. This is magnificent. You did a wonderful job on this, and I gave you a 10.
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05/12/2004 02:26:15 PM
Wanted to write... My ribbon ;)
I´ve bin trying to capture momennts like that so i know how hard it is!!
Congrats with the result.. Wicked photo

Message edited by author 2004-05-19 03:14:09.
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05/12/2004 01:59:42 PM
Very nice capture and great take on challenge.
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05/12/2004 01:19:06 PM
try cropping some of the top off. nice shot. lightening is very difficult to capture.
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05/12/2004 11:32:28 AM
electric!!!
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05/12/2004 10:41:31 AM
nice capture
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05/12/2004 10:27:04 AM
golf weather!
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05/12/2004 10:04:26 AM
Longshot on meeting the challenge, but this is a awsome shot! We hardly ever have thunder and lightning here in Iceland, so I'll probably never get so luck to capture a super shot like this. Good job, really good. 8
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05/12/2004 09:54:29 AM
Very cool! Great take on the challenge.
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05/12/2004 09:38:55 AM
I really like this idea. It's different from a lot of the other entries. The light on the bottom right of the image is distracting (unfortunately) still worth 8
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05/12/2004 04:30:36 AM
This is amazing! Too bad its not under the advanced rules, otherwise you would have cloned out the distracting lamp post. 9

Good luck...
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05/12/2004 03:38:57 AM
Wow! Really great shot. Well done.
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05/12/2004 03:27:27 AM
excellent idea, beautifully executed. ... 10
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05/12/2004 02:38:08 AM
Lucky You !
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05/12/2004 01:52:12 AM
wow this is so creative!! awesome shot!
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05/12/2004 01:15:25 AM
Or simply 'Positive & Negative'. Either way, it's always fun to catch lighting! Nice work! 8
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05/12/2004 12:33:44 AM
Wow, that's great timing. Good fit into the concept. The lamp is alittle distracting, but otherwise a magnificent photo.
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