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Too close for comfort
2nd PlaceToo close for comfort
M.O.C.


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Unexpected Find (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Penrose, CO
Date: Jun 1, 2006
Aperture: 11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 109
Galleries: Sky, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jun 4, 2006

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Lightning can travel up to 10 miles so when this one struck about 1/2 a mile away it frightened me. Right after this one hit two other ones hit about 50 feet from my vehicle. My window was down so needless to say I was shaking in my shoes. I grabbed my equipment and took off. Thank God I wasn't struck.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 163
Avg (all users): 7.1301
Avg (commenters): 8.2424
Avg (participants): 6.9821
Avg (non-participants): 7.1690
Views since voting: 12526
Views during voting: 452
Votes: 269
Comments: 63
Favorites: 32 (view)


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12/04/2006 03:02:17 PM
I love it
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11/18/2006 10:34:26 PM
I have tried lightning photography here in AZ, I know what you mean when it hits close, and all the way to the ground! But the risk paid off, this is an AMAZING shot!
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07/02/2006 07:39:52 AM
This is such a beautiful shot!
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06/20/2006 09:33:08 PM
That's really a superb shot; I hadn't really had a close look at it before. I guess you're lucky (?) living in a lightning zone like that.
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06/20/2006 12:54:31 PM
Yo Bro. way to go, now your gona hafta get a bigger hat since your in the big league, you steel remember me don't you? You know the guy that usually goes with you and always miss the good shots. Well Congratulations anyway you deserve it all the storm chases, even if I an jealous.
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06/20/2006 12:11:21 PM
That hit something! O my. Fun shot but not sure I could be that close to something like that. I freak out if I am outside during a storm. Anyway, congrats!
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06/19/2006 01:55:31 AM
Congrats MOC, I will now dub thee "Lightning-man" after looking at your Top 10 shots...
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06/18/2006 01:27:51 AM
Simply awesome on its vastness. Congratulations on your RED.
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06/17/2006 10:00:30 PM
What a tremendously gorgeous photo this is. I love the purple and the detailed branching visible on all the bolts.

50 ft away you say? Very lucky indeed! Good thing you were in your car!
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06/17/2006 03:55:06 AM
Thanks for all the kind comments and score. I'm so pleased to finally ribbon, especially with a lightning shot. It's tough on DPC with so many wonderful photographers. Thanks again. Maceo
06/16/2006 10:11:02 AM
I understand that being in a car in a lightning storm is the safest place to be. Your tyres insulate you from the possibility of current passing through and earthing out of your body. But then again, it does look very much like a heck of a storm. I would have been concerned about blowing the circuits in the camera.
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06/15/2006 05:05:34 PM
Who else could have taken such a nice shot of lightening. You use a remote right?
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06/15/2006 03:00:49 PM
Cogratulations on your first ribbon! Great shot!
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06/15/2006 05:29:13 AM
Awesome lightning. Well caught. Congrats on your red.
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06/15/2006 03:39:21 AM
Whoa baby! Awesome shot! Congrats on the ribbon!
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06/15/2006 01:09:49 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon! This is a beautiful and frightening picture. You really do a great job with lightning.
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06/14/2006 05:32:36 PM
Wow...that would frighten me too. Well deserved placing.
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06/14/2006 04:31:27 PM
Well deserved - Probably the best lightning shot I have seen! Phone national geographic!!!
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06/14/2006 02:53:20 PM
This is SPECTACULAR!!!!! A "No Brainer" to win a ribbon! Congratulations!
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06/14/2006 01:46:27 PM
Wow, nice capture, congrats!
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06/14/2006 01:11:11 PM
Great shot, just like a purple glass plasma ball, only natural.
I would not reccommend chasing tornados next.
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06/14/2006 08:04:01 AM
stunning and powerful shot...congratulations on a well deserved ribbon...may you get many more!
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06/14/2006 03:45:29 AM
Congrats on a fantastic capture! I wouldn't be too frightened - your chances of getting hit by one of those are about as slim as getting hit by... oh, wait... ;-)
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06/14/2006 01:08:32 AM
Super shot! Congratulations on not getting fried... oh yes, and for the red ribbon too. :P
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06/14/2006 12:45:57 AM
Great one!! Nice placement for you!
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06/14/2006 12:23:07 AM
Yes. Maceo glad you finally get a ribbon for all your lightning chases. Great shot,placing, and well deserved ribbon. Van
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06/14/2006 12:17:16 AM
Congrats with a red ribbon! Very well executed, must have been hard framing this :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/13/2006 06:49:35 PM
Wow. It looks like it's coming right out at you.
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06/13/2006 04:42:32 PM
WOW! That is all I can say.
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06/13/2006 02:56:40 PM
Stunning!
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06/13/2006 12:19:43 PM
Excellent shot of lightning. I have picked this as top ten. Composition is good. Nice depth of field. It is good to see you didn't just open up the apeture wide and hope for a sharp photo. Good job.
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06/13/2006 03:32:31 AM
A Wow catch
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06/12/2006 11:27:46 PM
Wow, some day.... some day I'll get a shot like this...... some day we'll get a thunderstorm that will allow me to get a shot like this!
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06/12/2006 08:45:29 PM
HOLY WOW!
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06/12/2006 09:35:42 AM
very cool colors.
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06/12/2006 05:46:53 AM
Outstanding!!
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06/11/2006 07:15:30 PM
I am still trying to get one of these
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06/11/2006 01:45:17 AM
Amazing image here....."WOW" factor for sure.....
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06/10/2006 10:05:43 PM
Dramatic! Difficult capture too.
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06/10/2006 06:08:53 PM
Spectacular lightning shot!
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06/10/2006 01:10:14 PM
Wowzer Storm-chaser!
Better than doing the wild thing.....
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06/10/2006 09:44:26 AM
Great capture. I have always wanted to capture lightning, but never quite got the knack of it...
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06/09/2006 11:24:45 PM
lightning is amazing excellent capture and find
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06/09/2006 09:00:50 PM
Whoa - incredible. An amazing lightning shot - I might like it even better with the ground cropped out...
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06/09/2006 02:50:07 PM
RUN AWAY!!!
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06/09/2006 12:57:14 PM
this is really pretty. good lighting.
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06/09/2006 10:13:03 AM
Two simultaneous strikes... WOW.

Awesome!
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06/09/2006 09:22:22 AM
Lucky shot or THE one of many that worked. Anyway, great picture:)
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06/08/2006 10:49:59 PM
What an awesome picture. The lightning detail and double stike is unique!!!
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06/08/2006 08:24:55 PM
wonderful picture
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06/08/2006 04:24:41 PM
OMG, How beautiful
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06/08/2006 03:11:44 PM
Wow... What a great capture. Great timing! ~10
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06/08/2006 02:50:57 PM
Nice shot of lightning. I love the color of the sky. I hope you take care not to expose your self to high risks (such as no metal tripod and knowlage of weather). Very impressive amount ob bolts.
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06/08/2006 01:58:06 PM
One of the better lightning photos I've seen of late.
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06/08/2006 07:53:29 AM
great... that's what I call unexpected....
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06/07/2006 10:00:52 PM
Now that is serious weather. Do they have lightning proof capes for super brave photographers?
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06/07/2006 09:27:42 PM
incredible
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06/07/2006 06:59:18 PM
Very cool strikes! And lots of them!
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06/07/2006 05:14:05 PM
Wow! What a great capture. I look forward to seeing the specs on this.
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06/07/2006 01:43:05 AM
1-2 Meets Challenge - 2
1-3 Technical Merit - 3
1-3 Creativity - 2
1-2 Extra Credit - 1
Final Score - 8
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06/07/2006 12:56:51 AM
Wow! This is really nice. I hope you didn't have to wait there for long!
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06/07/2006 12:51:35 AM
powerful capture
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06/07/2006 12:25:55 AM
love the colors and the power
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