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Posted by Dean McLeod on Sun Jul 17, 2022 7:00 pm

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Summer heat waves on the Canadian prairies often culminate in dramatic thunderstorms and living skies, as seen over the farmland near Caronport, in south central Saskatchewan.

The incredible lightening show from the distant storm lit up the sky continuously for nearly two hours. I shot hundreds of frames, and this one was by far the most spectacular.

The keen eye may even notice one of the lightning bolts arcing over the tip of a power pole!

Nikon Z7II, Nikkor 70-200 2.8S, f5.6, 8 seconds; ISO 800 @94mm.

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by Cynthia Crawford on Sun Jul 17, 2022 8:34 pm
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Fantastic sight! What a spectacle-I hope no harm was done. Those clouds look pretty angry. I guess you can keep your distance on the prairie. Interesting to see above the clouds as well. Great shot!
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by Dean McLeod on Sun Jul 17, 2022 9:12 pm
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Cynthia Crawford wrote:
Fantastic sight! What a spectacle-I hope no harm was done.  Those clouds look pretty angry. I guess you can keep your distance on the prairie.  Interesting to see above the clouds as well. Great shot!


Many thanks, Cynthia! Those clouds were mesmerizing for sure!
 

by david fletcher on Mon Jul 18, 2022 1:53 am
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Cynthia Crawford wrote:
Fantastic sight! What a spectacle-I hope no harm was done.  Those clouds look pretty angry. I guess you can keep your distance on the prairie.  Interesting to see above the clouds as well. Great shot!


Wow... Superb image Dean.  It is also interesting to see the upper layer above the clouds too.  Fabulous sight!
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by Swissblad on Mon Jul 18, 2022 6:10 am
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WOW - that's impressive - excellent capture!
 

by Mark Boranyak on Mon Jul 18, 2022 7:01 am
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Outstanding image. The clouds look like they are floating on water. This would look great as a large print.
 

by Dean McLeod on Mon Jul 18, 2022 8:16 pm
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Cynthia Crawford wrote:
Fantastic sight! What a spectacle-I hope no harm was done.  Those clouds look pretty angry. I guess you can keep your distance on the prairie.  Interesting to see above the clouds as well. Great shot!


Wow... Superb image Dean.  It is also interesting to see the upper layer above the clouds too.  Fabulous sight!


Thank very much. David. I love those clouds too; ominous and fascinating at the same time!
 

by Dean McLeod on Mon Jul 18, 2022 8:17 pm
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WOW - that's impressive - excellent capture!


Thank you! Mother Nature did all the work for me that night!
 

by Dean McLeod on Mon Jul 18, 2022 8:18 pm
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Outstanding image. The clouds look like they are floating on water. This would look great as a large print.



Thanks, Mark! I hope someone orders one, haha!
 

by Carol Clarke on Wed Jul 20, 2022 5:16 am
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Amazing effects from the storm, Dean.  The layers are stunning and totally surreal.  Incredible capture!

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by Dean McLeod on Wed Jul 20, 2022 7:13 am
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Carol Clarke wrote:
Amazing effects from the storm, Dean.  The layers are stunning and totally surreal.  Incredible capture!

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Thanks so much Carol, it’s much appreciated!
 

by ADKShooter on Thu Jul 21, 2022 3:02 pm
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Spectacular image. As others have related, it's interesting seeing the tops of the clouds and it makes the scene unique.
 

by Dean McLeod on Thu Jul 21, 2022 3:34 pm
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Spectacular image. As others have related, it's interesting seeing the tops of the clouds and it makes the scene unique.


Thank you! I shot a couple hundred frames and it was fascinating to watch the clouds change into different forms. Much appreciated!
 

by Peter Ireland on Sun Jul 24, 2022 8:08 am
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Sensational capture, Dean. Oh, how I wish this was mine. Kudos Sir.
 

by Dean McLeod on Tue Jul 26, 2022 9:34 am
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Sensational capture, Dean. Oh, how I wish this was mine. Kudos Sir.

Haha, thanks very much Peter! Cheers!
 

by Jens Peermann on Tue Aug 02, 2022 10:57 pm
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Not only excellent timing but also well composed, almost exactly complying with the rule of thirds.
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by Dean McLeod on Wed Aug 03, 2022 7:48 am
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Not only excellent timing but also well composed, almost exactly complying with the rule of thirds.

Thank you Jens. It was all about the sky that night, and I found the clouds almost as interesting as the lightning!
 

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