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By Trevhas
No apologies for the lack of colour or detail on this one.

Sometimes it is what it is..............the widest dynamic range I've ever come across !!

An unbelievable moment on the open moors with the blackest of clouds above and a menacing flashing white mass moving towards me !!! i was still in my t shirt, but just after this was taken i began to feel the first heavy drops of rain and knew i was in for a soaking.
On went the fleece and waterproof as the flashing became continuous, the downpour became a torrent, it was at this point i knew my carbon fibre tripod was not my friend anymore and i didn't want it by my side.
I didn't have time to remove the camera either so i cowered between the two largest rocks at the top of Over Owler tor, not the best place to be when an electrical storm is passing overhead. I tried to keep as low as possible but my hiding place became a bath, tried to look up but it was like looking into a cascading waterfall.

The thing that struck me most, and it wasn't the lightening bolts / deafening clap of thunder, but the continuous roar, like a rumbling goods train passing through, that lasted 10 to 15 minutes, think i was in the eye of the storm. The hail stopped and rain became rain again, i could look up and see tripod and camera were still in tact and that clouds were beginning to brighten but still didn't want to get too close to my abandoned friend as it was still lightening.

I know what you're all thinking ........Wink the D800 and 16-35mm lens water sealed / weatherproof ???......... to my relief YES Smile

Thank you Nikon SmileSmile

Tags: Over owler tor Landscape and travel

Voters: nstewart, bobpaige1, ken j. and 20 more


SlowSong Plus
11 8.6k 30 England
3 Oct 2016 6:48PM
Gosh, how exciting! I bet you felt great once it had passed over. And you managed to get a shot. A great read too. Smile

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Trevhas Plus
7 1.5k 3 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2016 8:27PM
Yeah, it was definitely an exciting experience, another one of natures spectacular displays that gets the adrenalin flowing, my reason for shooting landscapes SmileSmile.

Unfortunately i should have been recording it , instead, i was hiding behind a couple of boulders, it was very frustrating having to leave the camera / tripod out there but lightening should be taken from inside a car or building not out on the open moor ....................although i did manage to sneak a shot after the worse had passed by running to camera between strikes, compose, wipe lens, adjust exposure, run away and fire off the remote release from a distance. Wink

Many thanks Paul for your welcome UA, very much appreciated as always SmileSmile
3 Oct 2016 8:33PM
Have you tried converting the image to B/W.

Just a thought.

Trevhas Plus
7 1.5k 3 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2016 8:42PM
Good idea Gavin, its almost B/W as it is, i will have a look. WinkWink
rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
3 Oct 2016 10:52PM
Deserves a medal !!!!! Trevor. Dedication !!! in the extreme.
BIGRY1 8 3 8 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2016 6:19PM
Sounds like you had quite an experience!Grin

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