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Congratulations to Derek Weston for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 9 votes - View Previous Winners


Edits: now with two shots. (multi-shot stack is #1, single shot is #2)

Multishot exposure in Western Oklahoma from earlier this storm chase season.

Single shot:
30sec
125 ISO
f 2.8
14mm











Single frame



Edited on Dec 04, 2014 at 04:08 PM · View previous versions



Dec 02, 2014 at 12:28 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Oklahoma thunderstorm: Lightning and Stars


Wow thats intense. Kind of image overload


Dec 02, 2014 at 12:31 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Oklahoma thunderstorm: Lightning and Stars


Think it was 20 frames or so


Dec 02, 2014 at 12:35 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Oklahoma thunderstorm: Lightning and Stars


Whoa, this is apocalyptic !
This would make a great book/album/DVD cover
You just need to dub in some horrified people running towards you in it!

But seriously, great collection of exposures.

Thanks for posting

Dan



Dec 02, 2014 at 12:44 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Oklahoma thunderstorm: Lightning and Stars


Wow. I love it.


Dec 02, 2014 at 12:55 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Oklahoma thunderstorm: Lightning and Stars


Hey Derek!
A truly amazing capture!
the only think that bothers me the UW lens distortion, pretty easy fix...

Andrey



Dec 02, 2014 at 12:58 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Oklahoma thunderstorm: Lightning and Stars


Thats some heavy-duty shooting with amazing result!

Sasha



Dec 02, 2014 at 01:03 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Oklahoma thunderstorm: Lightning and Stars


alatoo60 wrote:
Thats some heavy-duty shooting with amazing result!

Sasha


It was an interesting experiment. Had a unique situation where a thunderstorm was moving away from me near the dryline. The air behind the dryline being quite dry and stable, there were no cloud and only stars. The night sky is extremely dark in western OK, so this made for quite the opportunity. Adjacent to this scene you could actually see the Zodiacal light.

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Dec 02, 2014 at 01:07 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Oklahoma thunderstorm: Lightning and Stars


Great image - cinematic. The amount of work here is daunting!

Phil



Dec 02, 2014 at 01:51 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Oklahoma thunderstorm: Lightning and Stars


Good gravy, you couldn't add any more impact to this photo. Very stirring photo!


Jason



Dec 02, 2014 at 02:00 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Oklahoma thunderstorm: Lightning and Stars


A stunningly creative shot. Thanks for sharing. Would guess this would look great printed very large. Best, Bob



Dec 02, 2014 at 02:58 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Oklahoma thunderstorm: Lightning and Stars


Thanks for sharing. A lot of hard work. Sensory overload.


Dec 02, 2014 at 03:23 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Oklahoma thunderstorm: Lightning and Stars


Impact is certainly the right word!
Amazing image

Bob



Dec 02, 2014 at 07:00 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Oklahoma thunderstorm: Lightning and Stars


That one turbine in the fg kills it for me but holy freakin crap that's a sick shot. I assume something around f4, 30s, iso 800?

Great stuff.

aF



Dec 02, 2014 at 07:25 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Oklahoma thunderstorm: Lightning and Stars


aFeinberg wrote:
That one turbine in the fg kills it for me but holy freakin crap that's a sick shot. I assume something around f4, 30s, iso 800?

Great stuff.

aF


Think it was ISO 200 or so. 20-30 sec and probably f2.8. (14-24mm @ 14)

Stacking left it virtually noiseless, was able to push it quite a bit.



Dec 02, 2014 at 08:22 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Oklahoma thunderstorm: Lightning and Stars


Great captures!


Dec 02, 2014 at 08:34 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Oklahoma thunderstorm: Lightning and Stars


That is great. It has everything but an alien space ship coming through the clouds.
I like it. This could be on some sci-fi cover art.
Very creative.

David



Dec 02, 2014 at 09:21 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Oklahoma thunderstorm: Lightning and Stars


Hey Derek,

Pretty cool looking shot. Since you shot it and stacked it, how about a scene without the star trails? Did you do a mock up with just sharp stars in it? I love the creativity here, but I think it would be even stronger if you didn't have the curving star trails to distract from the lightning. Anyway, just an idea.

Jim



Dec 02, 2014 at 09:48 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Oklahoma thunderstorm: Lightning and Stars


That is a crazy amount of strikes!


Dec 02, 2014 at 09:57 PM
Derek Weston
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Oklahoma thunderstorm: Lightning and Stars


JimFox wrote:
Hey Derek,

Pretty cool looking shot. Since you shot it and stacked it, how about a scene without the star trails? Did you do a mock up with just sharp stars in it? I love the creativity here, but I think it would be even stronger if you didn't have the curving star trails to distract from the lightning. Anyway, just an idea.

Jim


Like the thought. Are you talking about a single frame?

I hadn't tried to stack for the sky yet, I suppose I could do both ways and put it back together.

Here is a single frame:









Dec 02, 2014 at 10:38 PM
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