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Fifty thousand degrees...three hundred milliseconds
Fifty thousand degrees...three hundred milliseconds
DrAchoo


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Action Shot II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Chandler, AZ
Date: Jul 26, 2006
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jul 26, 2006

Taken in Chandler, AZ during a whopper of a storm. No rain where we were though so I set the tripod up outside the door of the truck. I was not to keen on getting out of the vehicle to take shots even though the lightning was fairly far away. You never know...

I did keep the pole in the shot on purpose to act as a foreground subject. Seemed to work nicely with the lucky bolt I got. Notice how friggin huge that bolt is! Those little tiny things on the horizon are power poles.

The color from the foreground was from the lights of cars driving by.

11th...d'oh! Well, I guess it was close. Some really great shots in this challenge.

Statistics
Place: 11 out of 279
Avg (all users): 6.8066
Avg (commenters): 8.1905
Avg (participants): 6.8228
Avg (non-participants): 6.7988
Views since voting: 2107
Views during voting: 407
Votes: 243
Comments: 40
Favorites: 7 (view)


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09/02/2006 11:30:04 PM
one of my fav.pics
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09/02/2006 02:27:44 AM
Wow. Lightning shots are always cool, but this is truly incredible. Your framing with the foreground pole is good, and the colors are very nice.

But what makes me really gawk is the tiny power poles on the horizon. I'm glad you pointed them out, because you're right: they really give a sense of the enormity of lightning and the raw power they represent.

Going in my favorites to keep your other shots in there company. :)
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08/21/2006 02:28:06 AM
Nice one! Great score as well!
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08/15/2006 10:37:01 PM
Very nice Jenson. You certainly display a unique flair. Congratulations on your 11th place finish.
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08/14/2006 03:29:37 PM
Great Shot Doc. My first choice was a lightning shot, but decided that no one would like lightning as a zen. Glad you didn't think the same as me. I gave your bolt my highest score of the challenge. Van
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08/09/2006 06:48:56 PM
Putting aside the challenge as I missed voting, I find lightning bolts really hard to do well. This is really nicely taken and the colours of foreground and background complement wonderfully.
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08/09/2006 04:19:45 PM
Nice shot Doc! We do get quite the storms during the monsoon and no rain is not unusual (But I am sure you know that). I got 15 or 20 good shots of lightning just 2 days before yours I have a few in my portfolio. I guess your timing was better due to the fact you got into a challenge with one. :-P

Good stuff and a top 20, very nice!

Message edited by author 2006-08-09 18:43:59.
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08/09/2006 01:10:48 PM
This was definetly in my top 3. Should have been a ribbon. Nice to see something different in these challenges. Getting tired of seeing different variations of the same shots.
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08/09/2006 07:41:27 AM
Ooooh, I love these lightning shots! This one is fantastic!! I love the great color tones in this one! Great photo!

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08/09/2006 02:50:49 AM
My what a big bolt you have!!

Nice capture , Jason...I like the pole in there...
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08/09/2006 01:40:11 AM
Excellent lighting bolt and placed well in your composition.
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08/09/2006 01:33:41 AM
cool shot jason, you were pretty close on those predictions. excellent lightning shot.
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08/09/2006 01:21:42 AM
This deserved a ribbon!!!! Just stunning.
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08/09/2006 12:48:38 AM
so what do i know--not much! congrats on your finish.
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08/09/2006 12:30:12 AM
I gave this shot an 8 - congrats on your score and on the quality of this shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/08/2006 10:46:14 PM
Awesome capture!
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08/08/2006 09:46:43 PM
Its as if you can almost see the origin of the lighting in the skies...
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08/08/2006 09:11:47 PM
8 - Nice shot, capture and composition. Minor, but the lighting bottom right is slightly distracting, in my opinion.
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08/08/2006 07:28:43 PM
thats cool!
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08/08/2006 04:54:10 PM
Superb capture and composition. Love lightning shots.
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08/07/2006 09:40:33 PM
gorgeous capture!
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08/07/2006 03:26:49 PM
Wow - amazing capture. I've tried to get some lightning shots and it's not an easy feat.
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08/07/2006 08:39:27 AM
Beautiful blue! Normally having a telephone pole in a picture is not good - but in this case it's great. The pole helps the composure. What a tough capture!
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08/06/2006 11:11:34 PM
Great capture here. The contrast in colors and the telephone here make for a great composition!
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08/06/2006 10:49:56 PM
doesn't really convey a sense of action to me. woulda scored well in the stop motion challenge, though...
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08/06/2006 08:31:22 PM
Great.
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08/06/2006 06:41:37 PM
Awesome.
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08/05/2006 01:35:26 PM
Beautiful capture and excellent colors. I really like that the foreground is visible, in focus and has color. Well done.
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08/04/2006 07:40:09 PM
It's so hard to capture lightning...and to do it so beautifully too, good job! The way it is "falls" from the sky...I love it. 10
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08/03/2006 08:41:15 PM
Wonderfully sharp! What a great poster this would make!
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08/03/2006 01:25:51 PM
Outstanding photo. Still trying to capture one of these myself. Good luck
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08/03/2006 09:56:20 AM
Well...since I can't manage to capture lightning yet I'll have to admire your photo.
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08/02/2006 10:57:21 PM
Way Kewl!
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08/02/2006 10:02:01 PM
Awesome shot. I think the foreground telephone pole and the hint of city lights on the horizon combine to really give an excellent sense of scale to the strike. Colors are great, really don't have anything negative to say. 9.
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08/02/2006 04:27:18 PM
Lightning .... fascinating event! Great planning with the compo (the pole and lines frame the lightning within the frame of the shot) and excellent colors.
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08/02/2006 12:15:52 PM
Really good catch!
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08/02/2006 12:02:36 PM
This is a very nice lightning shot. I really like having some foreground light in it as you've done. I didn't expect to see this kind of shot in an 'Action Shot' challenge - not sure I'm getting the connection.
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08/02/2006 10:20:57 AM
Perfect composition. I really like this.
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08/02/2006 09:28:39 AM
superb lighting shot and I love the sky colour and foreground red soil...excellent
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08/02/2006 12:43:42 AM
I really like the composition... that you left the telephone pole in the shot.... gorgeous colors and capture.... also like the lighting in the foregroud.... really makes it for me by adding tension to the shot.... Excellent... Congrats
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