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Perfect storm

Perfect storm
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-22
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC, Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Polarizer
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: 2007 USA summer
Theme(s): Your favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-14 2:45
Viewed: 5328
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On one of my last days around Tahoe, i thought i'd try my wider lens and tripod for some longer exposure shots on the bank of the lake.

With that in mind, i took of on a bike ride one afternoon, hoping that the heavy clouds would aid me into getting a sufficiently long shutter speed for that effect.

When i got to a suitable place, after taking a few shots of the near bank and rocks, i was simply amazed by the intense, dark colors of the clouds that kept comming and the wonderful effect created by some sun rays that were (amazingly) penetrating the thick layer.

At the end of the day, i had gotten some decent long exposure shots that i initially set off to get, but i was most happy with this one. I think a Large Post is the only way you can get a clear idea of exactly how massive the phenomenon was, so i uploaded one.

Hope you'll like it :)

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC
Filter: Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Pol.
Focal Length: 40mm
Shutter Speed: 1/125
Metering Mode: Pattern
Exposure Bias: 0
F-Stop: f/11
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 5 PM
Weather conditions: stormy :)

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Hello Horia,
Very nice and dramatic clouds and landscape
The big version is impressive
Great contrast between the dark clouds and the rays of sun piercing through them
TFS, Shir

Hello Horia,
What an amazing shot (especially in the bigger-size version). Trully expressionist image. I like very much the light, the heavy clouds and the baclit rain. Great record from the USA trip.
Best greetings & TFS!

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-14 3:22]

Great picture. Maybe a little too dark, but it has its own mood and is very impressive

Hi Horia,

What an amazing shot of storm clouds. A large version is very impressive to me. Well captured very nice moment! It looks like black & white photo. :-)
Very well done and TFS,
Best wishes,

Hi horia!
mighty and beautiful with
good composition!
well done!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-10-14 5:24]

hello Horia,
Very impressive to see the Large version of your picture. Amazing the play of shadow and light. In a way a very dramatic picture. Must have been great to see this fabulous natural scene.
Thanks and best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-14 5:42]

Hi, dear Horia.
You have no problem with using this lens. You managed skillfully reflect this amazing nature phenomenon and reproduce rich light tones of the scenery. Large version is especially impressive. Composition and cropping are perfect too (not only storm is perfect). Superb done and Bravo.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-10-14 10:01]

Hello Horia,
Perfect storm, no perfect picture of the storm. Splendid image you share with us today.
The storm looks threating, yet with the light beams maybe it cleared. Thanks for your great work.

beautiful pic, TFS ori

Hi Horia, amazing great composition with impressive sky, light by God, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-14 15:34]

Hello Horia

What a super capture of Lake Tahoe.My cousin has a place on the lake.The lighting and colours are superb with tack sharp focus and details.The shot has a wonderful balance of light and dark.The shot has a moody atmosphere to it.The POV and DOF are excellent.Great job.TFS


The image is very dramatic indeed, like the pano style as well.
Nicely done...

Hello Horia,
Very dramtic stomy clouds in wide angle!
the rain must be pretty heavy according to the thickness of the clouds!
well captured on the penetration of the light with good clarity
good composition to me and well seen

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-15 5:59]

Hi Horia,
wow...how much moood can you squeeze into one photo?? Simply beautiful, such an evocative image. The lighting is superbly managed and the whole scene is well composed and thought out. Impressive stuff, well done my friend.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-15 9:10]

Hello Horia, wow, quite a storm ! Very well composed image with very dramatic exposure ! Well seen and done ! Thanks !


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-10-15 12:13]

Horia, perfect indeed.

Excellent dark shades, composition and contrast in this dramatic shot.

An excellent one; congratulations.

Hola Horia,
Espectacular y tremenda toma, la imagen tiene una gran fuerza en su composición, gacias por mostranos y dejarnos disfrutar de este fenómeno, saludos
José Ramón

Hi Horia,
Splendid large post!
It's so enjoyable the amount of details got seen on the large version.
I like all the power of the nature displayed here, as well as the light's rays at the right.
You made and excellent wide composition!
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hello Horia,

Outstanding shot. Very good composition and the rays of sunlight streaming down. Excellent sharpness.
Well done,
Nick :-)

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-17 2:27]

Hi Horia,
It's a beautiful and powerful capture. Exposure is very well controlled. Light, contrast and colors are charming. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-17 10:51]

Hi Horia

I love the large post! wonderful capture of the light and the heavy clouds. It is a beautiful image.


Karan (the correct spelling as shown on my birth certificate :) - most people have the common spelling "Karen" my spelling is not normally seen)

This is surely a good title for a magnificent picture. This image carries a mood with it... a feeling if you will. I am sure all see it in their own way. You have tied it to a movie and the movie does not have a "happy" ending... but as a drama is is a superb flick and your picture might have been used in advert. Well done.

Hi Horia,
A perfect storm, but also a perfect photo. The rays of light that shine through the thick clouds and rain are simply amazing. I love the texture you managed to capture in the clouds and the very subtle difference in shades. The silver color of the water has reflected the water very beautifully. My favorite part of the photo must be the silhoutte of the island with trees on the far right of the photo. But, the entire photo is a favorite thus added to mine.

Hi Horia, perfect storm, perfect shot. Love this because its so dark and threatening. You controled the exposure well and the large post is awesome to look at. Very nice work.

Dear Horia,
Beautiful, very dramatic composition! I like almost black-white colours and the "play of light".
Fantastic panoramic presentation and very good control of light and shadows!
What can I say more, it is just lovely! :)
Best regards my Friend!

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