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Challenge: Rain (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Date: Aug 10, 2005
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 15 sec
Galleries: Cityscape, Sky
Date Uploaded: Aug 11, 2005

We've only had one other substantial electrical storm this summer, and this session was the first time that I've successfully photographed lightning. This picture was taken about 20 minutes after the storm had moved East of me, taking the rain and lightning with it. After about 7 minutes without any visible cloud-to-ground strikes I was about ready to pack up my gear and try to make due with one of the other images I'd captured. As I was debating whether it was worth staying any longer I witnessed this touchdown and knew that there wasn't any point in waiting for something better.

- There will be at least a half dozen other pictures of lightning entered in this challenge
- At least one of the competing lightning pictures will be more dramatic than mine
- At least one of the competing lightning pictures will be better edited than mine
- This image will end up with a score in the low 6s
- I'll receive at least one comment about the rather aggressive crop
- I'll get at least as many comments on the title as I do on the image itself

Editing steps: Levels, saturation, multiplication layer, burn layer, crop, resize

Place: 23 out of 228
Avg (all users): 6.3094
Avg (commenters): 6.8929
Avg (participants): 5.9274
Avg (non-participants): 6.5683
Views since voting: 1562
Views during voting: 634
Votes: 307
Comments: 34
Favorites: 2 (view)

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08/27/2005 01:25:09 PM
That's amazing! It's quite difficult to capture lightining
08/25/2005 11:12:09 PM
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/21/2005 11:38:25 PM
Check your compression and file size. There seems to be some deterioration in the image quality as shown in the black and purple colors. Other than that, this is such an amazing capture that I would be happy to have in my portfolio. 6
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/21/2005 09:33:21 AM
A very lucky capture! However, I think perhaps a little too long of an exposure. Don't take it heartidly, Ive never been able to capture lightning.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/20/2005 06:04:07 PM
Title made me smile. Photo made me look. Well done!
08/20/2005 05:36:40 AM
Great lightning shot! This is difficult to do so well.
08/20/2005 05:07:32 AM
Crazy lightning strike! Wish I had an image like this!
08/20/2005 03:55:20 AM
hahaha love it :D
08/20/2005 02:40:25 AM
Fun! That glowing church is kinda creepy too!
08/19/2005 09:40:05 PM
Simply gorgeous!!!!
08/19/2005 09:12:13 PM
See what happens when they build a strip club down the street from a Church?? LOL

Great shot!
08/19/2005 09:02:57 AM
Wow, I love lightning shots, added to my favs! The buildings give nice context, especially the one with the cross. The horizon looks slightly tilted.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/18/2005 08:15:25 PM
wow that is some crazy lightning action! the lit cross to the left adds to the drama.
08/18/2005 05:03:30 PM
WOW - great lightning shot!
08/18/2005 03:34:14 AM
WOW...what a bolt(s) of lightening. Excellent capture.
08/18/2005 03:00:14 AM
ooooooooooh, aaaaaaaah....coooooool :-)
08/18/2005 02:47:23 AM
Great capture. Does quite hit the challege title as much as I would have like, but a beautiful photo and possibly a good seller.
08/17/2005 07:57:17 PM
Great capture~!
08/16/2005 11:42:07 PM
Oh man, this is a fantastic shot and your title has me in stitches!!! 10 for sure!
08/16/2005 09:31:54 PM
took me a moment but i get it! .... wow
08/16/2005 07:24:37 PM
right moment right place
08/16/2005 06:43:26 PM
08/16/2005 05:58:29 PM
great lightening shot - truly stunning, but where's the rain?
08/16/2005 09:06:06 AM
Great title, excellent capture.
08/15/2005 08:52:25 PM
Clever title. : )
08/15/2005 08:39:34 PM
excellent rope lightning
08/15/2005 05:47:50 PM
I like the facial outline of the CG bolt.6
08/15/2005 04:58:07 PM
Ohmy! That is amazing!
08/15/2005 01:54:44 PM
Great title!
08/15/2005 11:51:36 AM
Awesome! Wish I could do this with my camera.
08/15/2005 06:48:51 AM
excellent for lightning, but no rain here
08/15/2005 02:40:52 AM
what a completely ridiculous title! :) Great photo. Curious to find out how long of an exposure this was. That's a lot of interesting lightning for one little microwave...
08/15/2005 12:57:05 AM
GREAT TITLE!!!! Love the city lights amidst the pink of the lightning.
08/15/2005 12:36:51 AM
thats extreme

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