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Strike by juddpatterson Strike by juddpatterson
Taken on a particularly electric evening in Everglades National Park...

Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter speed: 30 sec
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Focal length: 32mm
One million hungry mosquitoes :)
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first off, this is MAGNIFICENT. [i've been using that word for anything compared to the storm.] but actually, it's a picture worth a million x 2 words. it was timed perfectly with the flash of the lightning and the intensifying, electrocuting streaks that branch off from the main lighting strike. i love the way the sun and electricity light the under side of the clouds, and the fact that you look at the top of them, and it's dark enough to be midnight. this photograph was taken at the perfect time with the precision of seconds and minutes of the sunrise/set. The grass also adds a very individual vibe to the picture as you see reeds of solitary plants that show the individuality of the setting with the fantastic use of lighting.

i wouldn't call this an exaggeration. i absolutely LOVE it. ♥
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How can you even critique an image like this its brilliant!
Ill give it a shot, but I think you already know you have a fantastic image here.

Compositionaly its centered with just a touch of weight given to the right by the direction of the lightning bolt as it travels upwards.. it works for this photo. the off center horizon emphasizing the clouds works as well. Although part of me wishes we could see more of the reflection of the lightning in the foreground. Being able to see the two side bolts in the water would be very awesome.

Judging by posterization in the oranges and a few stars
showing up its obvious you used a higher ISO. On the right side of the image above the cloud its especially apparent and hopefully with a bit of selective blur can be cleaned up. See if the noise can be brought down some, the image given to us is small but its apparent even at this size.

All summed this is a powerful photo, and is awe inspiring; bravo and great job!
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TubaMirum Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
this is an amazing picture =D
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ryancrouse Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
... WOW ...
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LOURDES-LAVEAU Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so majestic. One of the best I have seen in a long time.
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1001G Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
stunning
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za4em9 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely worth the mosquitoes. What is the city that's giving the yellow underglow?
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digiphile23 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW
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ariseandrejoice Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
just gorgeous!
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Droppix Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot!! Wonderful colors!! Perfect!!!
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CatGal15 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love the blinding white spot in the clouds...and how the cloud is in *front* of the lightning...All in all, it is a beautiful shot; nice work. :D
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sharktankfan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
My hats off to you my friend. Great job!
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KaytanaPhoenix Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What an absolutely amazing photo! I could only ever dream to have the chance to see a view like this let alone catch it in a photo! Perfect work... 'n I love the lil bit of reflection in the water..

I currently feel the pain of hungry mosquitoes.. two good shots of a sunset by my house last night at the cost of (literally) a dozen bites to live through today.. Teach me to have the passing thought that I don't need big repellant :giggle:
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metamorphstorm Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yikes! That's fantastic!
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GaiusNefarious Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Beautiful photo, Luckeliy the mosquitoes didn't spoiled your work :)
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augenweide Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new journal...[link]
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AdARDurden Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely Amazing !! :)
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knotperfection Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011   Photographer
beautiful - perfectly!
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:iconladyofgaerdon:
LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Writer
There are no words for how amazing this is. So much raw power and beauty. magnificent.
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CorellaStudios Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011   Digital Artist
Absolutely Electrifying.
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VUILBAARD Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
HOW HAS THIS NOT GOTTEN A DD? Very well done indeed!
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naya-essence-of Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Filmographer
That's not nature
sorry !! :)
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JoSnapeMalfoy Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Lightning and clouds are part of nature..
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naya-essence-of Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional Filmographer
sure
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JoSnapeMalfoy Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Trufax.
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BillyRWebb Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010   Photographer
fantastic shot! I saw a documentary about moose awhile ago! In some cases mosquitoes will suck up to a quart of blood a day from the poor beast's! They often stay in water to get relief, However in the glades you might be a meal for an even bigger pest! :)
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SchwarzWieEbenholZ Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010   Photographer
Wonderful! :)
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esraV Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Amazing !!!
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Hawk589 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist
Wow this is beautiful, Amazing shot.
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DeinaZartman Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
OMG Unbelievable... :faint:
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JCFotografie Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Oooo. That is magnificent! Bravo for capturing it so wonderfully!
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Aguswu Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Fantasy.
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that is incredible!
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xedgerx Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
unbelievable!
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CarolineCherry Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
AMAZING colorus, really stunning.
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Serioskrt Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow....stunning
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glassreflections Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
How amazing...
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YoniHem Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
amazing shot!
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griffintje Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing image!
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oceaniclove Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
Such a nice shot.
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Googulec Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Lack words O_O
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iytj Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
:clap:
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DDUNIGAN Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010   Photographer
Lovely work
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snoopersen Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! Is that real? I mean - are the colours are real or how much Photoshop is in there? Anyway, great picture!
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:iconjuddpatterson:
juddpatterson Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
The colors are quite real. Miami provided the golden glow and the dusk sky provided the deep blue. :) Thanks!
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yiria Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
A stunner! Great capture.
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HorseLoverNoOne Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
OMG this is amazing I was about to go outside and take a picl of lightning tooo ( thunderstorm outside)
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greglief Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I can relate to the mosquitoes. Very well done! :+fav:
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JessR-Photography Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Student Photographer
Featured;
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JessR-Photography Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Student Photographer
Amazing capture!!!
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grote-design Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Student General Artist
incredible! is this real???
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:iconjuddpatterson:
juddpatterson Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
100% real! Mother nature with a touch of light pollution from Miami to complete the color palette. Thanks for viewing!
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