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Chuck D
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After seeing the great tornado and storm photos posted recently, I'd thought I'd share a few from my May chase in the Plains. 95% of tornadoes aren't photogenic (dark, low contrast, rain wrapped or at night) but the storms are something else!

First up is a ominous looking supercell over Yuma, Colorado. When we wandered around the left side of the house, we spotted a tornado about a mile away. But by the time we were in position, it vanished.







Second is at sunset in Coldwater, Kansas. The yellow was like nothing I'd ever seen before. We had about three minutes to shoot before getting nailed by hail and a downpour.







The last shot is Leota, Kansas. We didn't drive past the stop sign on the left for obvious reasons..







Thanks for looking,

Chuck



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Dec 24, 2016 at 03:00 PM
Dave Dillemuth
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These are stunning! Glad I live in California


Dec 24, 2016 at 08:04 PM
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All three are really nice, the last one is my favorite. That is a great shot of a supercell, you can just see it spinning. The first one you might want to clone out the power lines on the right as the detract from your composition. Other than that I wouldn't change a thing. The colors in two are just blazing, i really like the dilapidated barn as the focal point too. Great job and thanks for sharing.


Charlie



Dec 24, 2016 at 08:05 PM
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Nice variety, Chuck! I love the scalloping of storm updrafts in eastern Colorado. I'm still pissed I chose poorly on the Leoti day. Drove all the way to southeast Wyoming. Simply overthought that one. Oh well, I made up for it in spades on June 13th -Mike


Dec 25, 2016 at 04:56 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Storm Chasing


Wow, just wow! All terrific, last one is my favorite.


Dec 25, 2016 at 05:05 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Storm Chasing


wonderful captures... each is definitely unique. 😊


Dec 25, 2016 at 05:29 AM
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1st and 3rd are real attention grabbers. Dave


Dec 25, 2016 at 05:33 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Storm Chasing


Those are awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing!


Dec 25, 2016 at 06:32 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Storm Chasing


Super shots, well done.


Dec 26, 2016 at 03:16 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Storm Chasing


super!


Dec 26, 2016 at 03:19 AM
 

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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Storm Chasing


Great shots ... all very interesting !


Dec 26, 2016 at 06:57 AM
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That third one is a sweet looking classic super cell! Is spring here yet? In my opinion the third one is the best photographically speaking. The first one feels a little too heavy handed on the processing, the second isn't for me, but the third, that's a winner right there!




Dec 27, 2016 at 04:26 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Storm Chasing


Stunning images, love that sky in #1 and a great composition with the house and tree. Love the stop sign in #3. It was a treat to see these.
Brian



Dec 31, 2016 at 06:07 PM
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Amazing captures, indeed, from a world I've never seen.


Dec 31, 2016 at 09:17 PM
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Fine work, Chuck. Looks like a tense several moments for you.


Dec 31, 2016 at 10:18 PM
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Dave Wrote: These are stunning! Glad I live in California

Same here.



Jan 01, 2017 at 01:31 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Storm Chasing


Jonathan Huynh wrote:
Dave Wrote:

Same here.


AND HERE!



Jan 01, 2017 at 02:56 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Storm Chasing


Great shots Chuck. I really like the first one. Did you take different exposures in order to get the cloud detail?
I've been trying to get good storm shots for some time now. Some of them are OK but not as spectacular as yours. Also did you shoot these in RAW or JPEG?



Jan 02, 2017 at 03:58 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Storm Chasing


Dave Dillemuth wrote:
These are stunning! Glad I live in California


Thanks Dave!
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CheechzeppLn wrote:
All three are really nice, the last one is my favorite. That is a great shot of a supercell, you can just see it spinning. The first one you might want to clone out the power lines on the right as the detract from your composition. Other than that I wouldn't change a thing. The colors in two are just blazing, i really like the dilapidated barn as the focal point too. Great job and thanks for sharing.

Charlie


Charlie, I'll clone them out per your suggestion. I did that on the third photo and it did eliminate a distraction.
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Storm300 wrote:
Nice variety, Chuck! I love the scalloping of storm updrafts in eastern Colorado. I'm still pissed I chose poorly on the Leoti day. Drove all the way to southeast Wyoming. Simply overthought that one. Oh well, I made up for it in spades on June 13th -Mike


Mike, thanks and I'm glad you caught the 6/13 storm. I've seen pictures and it looked like a great one.
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Fred Amico wrote:
Wow, just wow! All terrific, last one is my favorite.


Thanks Fred!
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dbehrens wrote:
1st and 3rd are real attention grabbers. Dave


Dave, I'm glad you liked them.
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dnuggett wrote:
Those are awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing!


Thanks!
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DaleBerlin wrote:
Super shots, well done.


Thanks Dale!
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CosmicCruiser wrote:
super!


Thanks Robert!
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dwa652 wrote:
Great shots ... all very interesting !


Thanks Don!
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Brad Williams wrote:
That third one is a sweet looking classic super cell! Is spring here yet? In my opinion the third one is the best photographically speaking. The first one feels a little too heavy handed on the processing, the second isn't for me, but the third, that's a winner right there!



Thanks Brad! The third shot gets the most reactions when I show it to people.
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Brian Woolf wrote:
Stunning images, love that sky in #1 and a great composition with the house and tree. Love the stop sign in #3. It was a treat to see these.
Brian


Thanks Brian! I never knew how beautiful the plains could be when you add interesting weather. The stop sign in #3 gets a lot of comments.
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Rick Joyce wrote:
Amazing captures, indeed, from a world I've never seen.


Thanks Rick! It is an amazing world when the storms spin up over the plains.
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psharvic wrote:
Fine work, Chuck. Looks like a tense several moments for you.


Thanks Vic! The only really tense moment was when the photographer next to me put his front tripod leg in the middle of a four foot rattlesnake! Now that was a tense moment.
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Jonathan Huynh wrote:
Dave Wrote:

Same here.


Thanks Jonathan!
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Jeffrey wrote:
AND HERE!


Thanks Jeffrey!
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Fotofly71 wrote:
Great shots Chuck. I really like the first one. Did you take different exposures in order to get the cloud detail?
I've been trying to get good storm shots for some time now. Some of them are OK but not as spectacular as yours. Also did you shoot these in RAW or JPEG?


Thanks! #3 was an exposure blend panorama. I just couldn't get it all in at 16mm and the sky was blowing on the left side. I always shoot in RAW in order to tame dynamic range. It made an incredible difference to travel to the great plains to shoot storms. When you get on the rural back roads, the vistas are simply stunning.






Jan 02, 2017 at 04:23 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Storm Chasing


1 and 3 for me! Intense and a little bit scary!


Jan 03, 2017 at 03:24 AM
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