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Tuscany Mega-storm!! This was insane - at first completely silent, 20 minutes of eye-scorching lightning over the distant hills. Gradually it came closer and closer, and without warning right above us the skies thundered. This was taken on the edge of vineyards overlooking Cerbaia, near Florence, and this was one of the last shots of the night - this immense storm cloud rolled up, I took a final shot and within seconds the rain came hammering down...

For those interested, this was a 6 second shot at f/5 - enough to get the lightning without it blowing out white, and the light pollution from Florence behind the hills, though not as much as I'd have liked (the orange amid the blue cloud)

The lightning illuminated the cloud in this insane way, but the vines are being lit by a flash on full power, some way off to the left, set off by my lovely assistant Eddie Wink

A bit of a balancing act of different lighting, all told, but it worked out in the end!!

jamesappleton.co.uk

Camera:Canon EOS 5D MKII
Lens:Canon 16 - 35mm f/2.8 L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Tuscan Lightning
Username:JamesAppleton JamesAppleton
Uploaded:2 Sep 2010 - 6:26 PM
Tags:Italia, Italy, Landscape / travel, Lightning, Night, Night / low light, Storm, Toscana, Tuscany, Vines, Vineyards, Wildlife / nature
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JamesAppleton

Ah, and before anyone asks, this is as-shot except for pulling back the highlights around the lightning bolts slightly to let them stand out a little more.

Colours are *exactly* as shot - the red glow is from the city of Florence, and the blue tones to the cloud from the illumination of the lightning...

Peace and love,

J

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
2 Sep 2010 - 6:35 PM

Beautiful shot. Mean, moody and explosive, bit like me. Smile Moira

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JamesAppleton

Ha ha, cheers Moira!

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 6:44 PM

like it, and thanks for the tech specs.lesley

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pharaohcomplex

great atmosphere

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Nigel_95
Nigel_95 e2 Member 8260 forum postsNigel_95 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 7:53 PM

Wow! That is some sky. I bet it was amazing being there to witness this.

Nigel

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 10:21 PM

this just has to be award material James. the sky alone is fabulous and using flash too !! wow
ive shortlisted it anyway, cant give another award for a week
Phil

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2010 - 7:43 AM

Powerful nature James. Excellent balance. Ron.

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JamesAppleton
3 Sep 2010 - 10:34 AM

Cheers all - Paul, thanks for the boost, seems this as with much of my stuff on here has once again slipped the radar for most!

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bluetitblue
4 Sep 2010 - 8:05 PM

Excellent image great work.

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
28 Sep 2010 - 7:46 AM

Powerful

Peter

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