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The rain started pouring; it didn’t stop me from photographing the scene, it was scary like a science fiction movie about the ends of the earth. At one point, I hesitated in going back the car. Nobody was left in the upper terraces except our group. Not only rain but also we had to worry about being struck by lightning. That afternoon went on like forever; in just a few hours I have experienced hail, lightning, double rainbows and a blazing sunset. Truly this image will speak about that rare moment where mammatus clouds and lightning are in one scene. Mammatus clouds are characterized by pouch-like protrusions hanging from the undersides of clouds, usually thunderstorm anvil clouds.
This photograph came from a single raw file out of the hundreds I took just to capture the lightning and cloud formation. I shot this at F16 aperture and iso 100 with shutter speed of 1.6, I used a 3 stop graduated neutral density to give more details to the sky. This was processed using adobe camera raw, increasing clarity and contrast for the sky and used the vibrance slider to increase the saturation a little. Exported to Adobe Photoshop and did a little dodge and burn to make some part of the clouds stand out.
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Most landscape photographers right now are aiming to shoot iconic locations, not just capture generic and stereotype scenes but those that are significant and recognizable by the viewers. There is nothing wrong with this, it is a positive direction and I hate photographers who say a scene is shot to death by so many. I think there are still hundreds no, let me correct this but millions of photographers who still haven’t seen or aim to visit these places that are iconic. I wish there is a statistics that would prove this theory.
Kirkjufell is probably one of those locations in Iceland that photographers target to visit and capture. I will never tire of this place. It has its own appeal that makes it photogenic. This is my shot of an iconic place with the right moment, the appearance of the northern lights.
I would like to share that moment, captured in a frame, frozen for me to relive the scene and to share the experience with you. For all aspiring landscape photographers, keep on aiming to shoot these places and capture them with your own perspective.
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Timing and luck. This plays a huge factor in capturing epic landscape photos, that extra ingredient of moment which makes your photo unique and hard to replicate. From that day’s forecast a thunderstorm was coming in the afternoon and would clear in the night. We knew these moments make for a colorful sunset so we proceeded to the Main terraces of Mammoth Hot springs in Yellowstone National Park. We got there with little light as huge storm clouds started moving in from the west. Lightning was appearing from time to time and opted to capture those first. As the minutes pass by, huge black clouds were moving fast towards the east and I notice they were forming some unique shapes.
Rain started pouring; this didn’t stop me from photographing the scene, it was scary like a science fiction movie about the ends of the earth. At one point, I hesitated in going back the car. Nobody was left in the upper terraces except our group. Not only rain but we had to worry about being struck by lightning.
That afternoon went on like forever, in just a few hours I have experienced hail, lightning, double rainbows and a blazing sunset. Truly this image will speak about that moment.
This is not HDR nor an over tonal contrasted photo. One single raw shot.
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