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p.1 #1 · Lightning over Oregon's Alvord Desert


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Hey everyone, finally decided to join FM (or finally decided to pay for it, rather), since I have some buying and selling of gear to do. Thought I'd introduce myself to those that don't know me with a recent image.

This is an incoming lightning storm illuminating virga over Oregon's Steens Mountain and the Alvord desert playa at dusk. These are the only fireworks I saw this year, on the eve of our independence day. My ex and I were all set up to camp out here, grilling hot dogs, when the lightning and wind came over Steens mountain with little warning. We packed up the Subaru in a hurry, as I kept setting off 30-second exposures, just missing each burst of lightning between them.

The second I got this exposure, we raced off the playa and up the long dirt road at 60mph, as the storm rolled in behind us. We didn't want to be the tallest objects for miles, in the middle of a lightning storm (nor did I want to pay for a tow out of mud).

Nikon D7100, Nikkor 10-24mm, 30 sec, f/11, ISO 400





"Voltaic Force"



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Oct 04, 2013 at 06:03 PM
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p.1 #2 · Lightning over Oregon's Alvord Desert


I saw this on 500px and its a great image. I love the light from the lighting being reflected on the ground. Great warmth and mood


Oct 04, 2013 at 06:19 PM
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p.1 #3 · Lightning over Oregon's Alvord Desert


Nice to see you here finally buddy! You already know how I feel about his shot Insane! Loving it!


Oct 04, 2013 at 06:22 PM
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p.1 #4 · Lightning over Oregon's Alvord Desert


One of my favourite shots of yours Alex. Seriously awesome.


Oct 04, 2013 at 06:23 PM
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p.1 #5 · Lightning over Oregon's Alvord Desert


Definitely my favorite shot of yours but I've told you that before.

You're not selling all of your gear are you? There has to be SOMETHING to take pictures of out there...



Oct 04, 2013 at 06:28 PM
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p.1 #6 · Lightning over Oregon's Alvord Desert


Terrific shot Alex. Well done and welcome
David



Oct 04, 2013 at 06:55 PM
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p.1 #7 · Lightning over Oregon's Alvord Desert


Very nice. Really nice shot. I would hang this large on my wall any day.


Oct 04, 2013 at 07:12 PM
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p.1 #8 · Lightning over Oregon's Alvord Desert


Stunning shot. Welcome to FM!

-Greg



Oct 04, 2013 at 07:24 PM
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p.1 #9 · Lightning over Oregon's Alvord Desert


Welcome to FM Alex. I've seen several of your photos on EarthShots and Nature Photographers - interesting work that's very enjoyable to look at.


Oct 04, 2013 at 07:32 PM
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p.1 #10 · Lightning over Oregon's Alvord Desert


Wonderful image, Alex. Do I see over at NPN?


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p.1 #11 · Lightning over Oregon's Alvord Desert


Seen your work over on Reddit. You have some great stuff.


Oct 04, 2013 at 08:31 PM
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p.1 #12 · Lightning over Oregon's Alvord Desert


Amazing. Love the mood you captured here.


Oct 04, 2013 at 08:52 PM
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p.1 #13 · Lightning over Oregon's Alvord Desert


Stunning shot, Alex. I also have been following you over at 500px.
Good to see you here.
Kee



Oct 04, 2013 at 09:24 PM
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p.1 #14 · Lightning over Oregon's Alvord Desert


Hey Alex,

Very cool looking shot here. I am glad you were able to capture one shot with lightning in it. Now how come you kept missing the other bolts? When it comes to lightning, the normal thing to do is to dial in the exposure and then lock in your remote release and let it just continually take shots.

Jim



Oct 04, 2013 at 09:36 PM
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p.1 #15 · Lightning over Oregon's Alvord Desert


Hey everyone, thanks. Jeffrey, I used to be over on NPN, but I'd prefer not to pay $50 up front for another year. I like that FM allows payment month-to-month.

Jim, I was using a wireless ML-L3 remote - it doesn't have a lock. I was mashing it as fast as I could between exposures, but I just got unlucky enough that most of the strikes landed in that 1-second window between exposures - the first 6 or so times anyway. This was probably the best compositionally-lucky strike anyway, so I'm happy with it.

Good to see you here, Brian, Justin, and TJ! I know Metternich, Marino, and Coscorrosa are around as well..



Oct 04, 2013 at 09:53 PM
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p.1 #16 · Lightning over Oregon's Alvord Desert


Killer shot! I love how the light is reflecting off the dried mud, and how the lines in the mud look like the shape of lightning bolts.


Oct 04, 2013 at 11:15 PM
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p.1 #17 · Lightning over Oregon's Alvord Desert


Amazing shot. You're a dare devil!


Oct 05, 2013 at 01:29 AM
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p.1 #18 · Lightning over Oregon's Alvord Desert


wicked man. What are you buying now? I am gearless as well, except that Kibbons has my lens


Oct 05, 2013 at 01:40 AM
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p.1 #19 · Lightning over Oregon's Alvord Desert


Goin' D7K/10-24 now, Dustin. Thanks, other dudes!


Oct 05, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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p.1 #20 · Lightning over Oregon's Alvord Desert


Stunner! Welcome to the board!


Oct 05, 2013 at 04:06 PM
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