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Challenge: Free Study 2009-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A350
Lens: Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical ED Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha
Location: Sydney
Date: Apr 14, 2009
Aperture: F10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 188 sec
Galleries: Landscape, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Apr 29, 2009

Steps taken - Straighten horizon by about 1(ish) degress & crop off the resulting black edge and no more. Hunt down and get rid of those nasty little noise pixels, resize, USM and save. This is essentially the image TTL.

I chased this storm through the suburbs of Sydney for 40 kms till I hit the coast and found a spot that gave me the uninterupted view across the ocean to the backend of the dying storm.
I had not taken a shot anything like this before and was hugely unsure how to capture it. The storm was fabulous and the lighting was a concern for me.

It took 3 goes to land this shot. I was trying to focus on a black sky so there was a lot of guesswork. Aperture and shutter was guessed again. When I did get the shot I hoped that when I got it home it would live up to my hopes. It did, especially when shown large.

What I love about it is the detail on the rocks, even to the reflection of the lightning in the little puddles on the left. The windows in the clouds give it a 3 dimensional feel. And that beautiful, fortuitous bolt says it all for me.

Thanks very much to all those who voted. A special thanks to those who commented or made it their favourite. This challenge has been so much fun for me. I am somewhat new here and thought it would be a long time before I got close to the top 10.

Place: 4 out of 435
Avg (all users): 7.0432
Avg (commenters): 8.6667
Avg (participants): 7.0874
Avg (non-participants): 6.9167
Views since voting: 3446
Views during voting: 262
Votes: 139
Comments: 18
Favorites: 15 (view)

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05/11/2009 07:49:59 AM
Excellent... nothing more need be said.
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05/10/2009 08:50:34 AM
Congratulations on a high finish, a PB, and a fabulous image!
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05/08/2009 10:20:08 PM
Congratulations on your PB and top 4. Very good performance with only 3rd challenge submitted.
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05/08/2009 04:30:59 PM
Fabulous new PB and HM. congratulations.
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05/08/2009 11:39:58 AM
Congrats on your HM! I'm so glad your work paid off. This is lovely.
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05/08/2009 11:06:02 AM
Congratulations! I really loved this shot... It made me think of the primordial Earth (as I imaged it)
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05/08/2009 06:43:33 AM
Congratulations to a PB (and almost a ribbon)!
and thanks for Your comment.
Keep up the good work.

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05/08/2009 01:16:54 AM
Focus, lighting and color perfection! Anyone would have thought we were commenting on a controlled studio shoot but to do this out in the elements,....and of lightning!!!!......I takes me hat off to your exquisite capture. Just magic!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2009 01:09:08 PM
amazing shot...i would love to be able to capture a shot like this. what makes this one different is the absolute clarity and the colour and lighting on the rocks in the forefront. fantastic work.
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05/06/2009 12:03:21 PM
spectacular! I am always amazed at how one can capture lightning with perfect focus and clarity on the strikes much like what you have done here.
I also love the tones in the foreground.8
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05/05/2009 11:26:12 AM
would love to have been there - great
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05/04/2009 10:50:46 PM
um....wow. Great capture. I look forward to finding out where this was taken.
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05/04/2009 10:04:27 PM
The lightning is really cool. But what makes this lightning shot special is the color and detail of the FG.
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05/04/2009 08:41:42 PM
Wow - wonderful capture. I love the texture in the sky and in the rocks. At first I thought it may look better with the darker right side cropped out, but then after looking at it again, you would have lost the beautiful texture in the rocks on the right, so I wouldn't change it! Great level on the horizon. Wonderful Shot!
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05/04/2009 03:59:18 PM
This show is awesome. On of the best lightning shots I have seen.
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05/03/2009 05:13:12 PM
An incredible image that is crisp, sharp and properly framed and composed - a technical success in every way. From an artistic standpoint, it has significant impact being richly colored with excellant detail. This image would have worked as a black and white as well. A perfect demonstration of the power of properly controlled light and focus. Well done.
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05/03/2009 08:09:25 AM
Wow..... I know you were excited when you caught that.... Nice Job. (9)
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05/02/2009 12:14:15 PM
Nice capture! 10. Yes, I'll go that far.
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