Sever Storm Photography

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colordoppler Regular Member • Posts: 112
Sever Storm Photography
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First time with a Fuji on my annual pilgrimage to the Great Plains.

Shelf cloud near Woodward, Oklahoma Fuji XT-3 XF 18-55

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BlueJakester
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Re: Sever Storm Photography

Excellent!

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Mo Kwart
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Re: Sever Storm Photography

Wow! Not knowing anything about these storms, I imagine that it's a bit like photographing in the lion's den. Wonderful photographs.

Do you have more shots like these? Would love to see the tornado with the horizon and without the electric poles as a pure landscape in addition to the documentary with the road and people.

I would really like to hear about your experience being out there, the quiet or the roar, the level of danger, time of day...

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graytrekker
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Awesome shots

Why us there a white glow around the tree on the right in the second photo.  Is this some artifact of processing or was it really like that?

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OP colordoppler Regular Member • Posts: 112
Re: Sever Storm Photography

It is really like that.  The sun is to the left. The dynamic range in the photographs is always a challenge.

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graytrekker
graytrekker Regular Member • Posts: 444
Re: Sever Storm Photography

thx

I imagine when the storm clouds move in there can be some strange lighting

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OP colordoppler Regular Member • Posts: 112
Re: Sever Storm Photography

These are very dynamic situations.  With tornadoes it is very difficult to pay intense attention to composition.  It is actually pretty safe if you know what you are doing.  The biggest danger is from other people on the road and lightning.  With supercell thunderstorms you have more time to devote to composition.

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OP colordoppler Regular Member • Posts: 112
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Xena777
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Re: Sever Storm Photography

Just looking at the image I feel my legs starting to shake :))

TRIODEROB Veteran Member • Posts: 3,125
Re: Sever Storm Photography

nice tornadic supercell images !

also like the wall cloud image

did you  check the nexrad images for hook formations - or did you just get lucky ?

I assume you parked yourself in the south west of the storms ?

OP colordoppler Regular Member • Posts: 112
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It was a marginal setup but the last 3 runs of the HRRR (high resolution rapid refresh model) persistently showed the formation of a supercell in the vicinity.  We used Radarscope to identify the cell.  It became a cyclic supercell and dropped tornadoes from the Oklahoma panhandle through south central Kansas.

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crosson
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Sheesh. Great shots.

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OP colordoppler Regular Member • Posts: 112
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Hard not to.  It is not the photographer it is just a great subject.

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biza43 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,921
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Good ones.

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Meetmer
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Mo Kwart wrote:

Wow! Not knowing anything about these storms, I imagine that it's a bit like photographing in the lion's den. Wonderful photographs.

Do you have more shots like these? Would love to see the tornado with the horizon and without the electric poles as a pure landscape in addition to the documentary with the road and people.

I would really like to hear about your experience being out there, the quiet or the roar, the level of danger, time of day...

You know I actually like the telephone poles in there. Not only do they add a sense of realism to the shot but they make me think of images of telephone poles being ripped apart by the tornado. Also , I like the vertical lines and seeing the vertical line of the tornado interposed.

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NextShowForSure Contributing Member • Posts: 511
Re: Sever Storm Photography

Meetmer wrote:

Mo Kwart wrote:

Wow! Not knowing anything about these storms, I imagine that it's a bit like photographing in the lion's den. Wonderful photographs.

Do you have more shots like these? Would love to see the tornado with the horizon and without the electric poles as a pure landscape in addition to the documentary with the road and people.

I would really like to hear about your experience being out there, the quiet or the roar, the level of danger, time of day...

You know I actually like the telephone poles in there. Not only do they add a sense of realism to the shot but they make me think of images of telephone poles being ripped apart by the tornado. Also , I like the vertical lines and seeing the vertical line of the tornado interposed.

You may like this but the pole would probably need to be half a mile high and made out of balsa wood to be ripped apart. I was pretty excited though.

Who says life is not just as exciting in the East of England. The camera only cost £200 brand new from an authorised store and a long zoom was needed so viewer discretion is advised on 100% viewing.

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Meetmer
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Re: Sever Storm Photography

NextShowForSure wrote:

Meetmer wrote:

Mo Kwart wrote:

Wow! Not knowing anything about these storms, I imagine that it's a bit like photographing in the lion's den. Wonderful photographs.

Do you have more shots like these? Would love to see the tornado with the horizon and without the electric poles as a pure landscape in addition to the documentary with the road and people.

I would really like to hear about your experience being out there, the quiet or the roar, the level of danger, time of day...

You know I actually like the telephone poles in there. Not only do they add a sense of realism to the shot but they make me think of images of telephone poles being ripped apart by the tornado. Also , I like the vertical lines and seeing the vertical line of the tornado interposed.

You may like this but the pole would probably need to be half a mile high and made out of balsa wood to be ripped apart. I was pretty excited though.

Who says life is not just as exciting in the East of England. The camera only cost £200 brand new from an authorised store and a long zoom was needed so viewer discretion is advised on 100% viewing.

That’s why there’s an expression, “ let the imagination wander”

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fotomotovfr Regular Member • Posts: 462
One of mine
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Never get to share this so hope you don't mind if I tack it on here.  This cell was rotating slowly but never touched down while I was there.  Buckets of rain and high winds came within seconds of this shot.

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fotomotovfr wrote:

Never get to share this so hope you don't mind if I tack it on here. This cell was rotating slowly but never touched down while I was there. Buckets of rain and high winds came within seconds of this shot.

More menacing in a strange way than the shots of the cones touching ground in some ways. Amazing shot. It must be terrifying looking up at something like that.

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Jerry-astro
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Credit where credit is due...
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colordoppler wrote:

Hard not to. It is not the photographer it is just a great subject.

Not true and let me suggest that you take credit where credit is due.  There are a million ways to shoot that sort of a scene.  Composition, processing, as well as other factors all have a major effect on the impact of a shot like that.  Excellent on all counts.

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