The Lull before the Storm


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Title     The Lull before the Storm
Photographer     lando/Bob (69) Send mail to this user
Portfolio     Memories
Categories     Nature
Sky
Weather
Content advisory     G (general audiences)
Submitted     July 18, 2007 10:22:15 PM CDT
Views     25,142
Rating     7 Thumb-up

This shot was taken after a grad ceremony near Elie, Manitoba Canada. Minutes after this shot, the folks so calmly watching the oncoming tonado ran for shelter. A Grad to remember

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from chakalakasp/Ryan (1,510) Send mail to this user on July 25, 2007 7:18:46 PM CDT (1)

Not sure why there are so many low rankings on this. This is clearly an incredible photograph. No, it's not techinically incredible, but the subject matter -- and the blend of banal and incredible is perfect.

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Thumb-up    from mikestephens/Mike (49,861) Send mail to this user on July 18, 2007 10:29:49 PM CDT (-2) Early critique

It gets a 3 TU for a sick sense of humor! The irony here is the cemetary in the b/g!--or what certainly looks to me like a cemetary! Maybe you should do some PS work and make a before and after...with the after having the guy out of the picture resized and flying in the sky!

mike s /

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From lando/Bob (69) Send mail to this user on July 18, 2007 10:33:37 PM CDT

Sorry you found this photo "sick"..... not intended!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from deconut/Rich (10,522) Send mail to this user on July 18, 2007 10:28:58 PM CDT (6) Early critique

This is such a bizarre photo I had to give up the thumbs. First, the main character's expressions seem completely disconnected to the activity in the background - as if they simply don't care. The cemetery adds a touch of the macabre to what may come. Then -there's that tornado in all of it's crystal clear glory. Technically, you might try a few crops - maybe take out a few of the folks from the right bringing the focus on the tornado and couple. Otherwise - A rare shot with an odd "twist".

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From mikestephens/Mike (49,861) Send mail to this user on July 18, 2007 10:31:31 PM CDT

Well said, Rich! 'Macabre' is a better more appropriate word than the word I used--'irony.'

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Thumb-up    from taintedsilver/Charlotte (539) Send mail to this user on July 18, 2007 10:25:45 PM CDT (2) Early critique

O wow Just... Wow. I cannot imagine how freaky that was.. Anyways, I think you could have gotten closer to the subjects, and still gotten the tornado in the photo without showing the people in the 2 inches on the right. Anyways. Awesome photo, for sure a grad to remember.

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From lando/Bob (69) Send mail to this user on July 18, 2007 10:30:46 PM CDT

I wanted to show not only the Tornado approaching, but the general scene of onlookers who were in awe of an event that is new to this area of Manitoba that has never had an F4 tornado. The weather patterns have changed over the last half century. Manitoba Canada has not experienced such storms "ever". I expect we will see more here in the future

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From mikestephens/Mike (49,861) Send mail to this user on July 18, 2007 10:32:06 PM CDT

In awe?? They look stupified!

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From lightningstrike/William (10,288) Send mail to this user on July 18, 2007 11:21:20 PM CDT

Mike this is real...I would bet as they had a large tornado up there a couple of weeks ago...I would like to see a high res of the image or other images...If it is a PS job it is a good one..

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From midwest72/Dan (0) Send mail to this user on July 18, 2007 11:47:53 PM CDT

Do you have any other shots of this tornado, or a larger version of this image?

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From mikestephens/Mike (49,861) Send mail to this user on July 18, 2007 10:33:26 PM CDT

Strategically placed cemetary!...you should submit this for funniest caption having people write their best in!! On a serious note, I hope nobody was injured or killed from that storm.

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From lando/Bob (69) Send mail to this user on July 18, 2007 10:46:27 PM CDT

Fortunately no one was hurt here but west of this town several animals were killed and many homes were destroyed.

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From lightningstrike/William (10,288) Send mail to this user on July 18, 2007 11:25:11 PM CDT

Can you post some more of this tornado...maybe a high res or diffrent angle or something else..

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From sheenawilkie/Administrator (0) This user is a Premium Member This user is an Administrator Send mail to this user on July 19, 2007 12:48:26 PM CDT

There are tons on the web, this was a well publicized weather occurrence.

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From midwest72/Dan (0) Send mail to this user on July 19, 2007 3:29:13 PM CDT

The tornado is real - the suspicion is that the photo is manipulated (the storm photo superimposed into the background). It is very difficult in a storm environment to get the foreground and the sky correctly exposed without HDR. See: http://www.stormtrack.org/forum/showthread.php?t=13294 Posting a couple of other shots would quickly prove the suspicions incorrect.

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From sheenawilkie/Administrator (0) This user is a Premium Member This user is an Administrator Send mail to this user on July 19, 2007 5:32:26 PM CDT

Well here Dan we take people at their word. We don't make them prove things particularly when there is no reason not to believe them.

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From midwest72/Dan (0) Send mail to this user on July 19, 2007 5:42:13 PM CDT

"here we take people at their word." Is that an official Photosig policy? There are legitimate concerns from experienced photographers and storm chasers about the validity of the image that have already been stated. An answer is all we are looking for. Photo manipulation is so common these days - raising the question in the presence of suspicion should not be out of line. If we are mistaken, then apologies in advance to the original poster.

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From sheenawilkie/Administrator (0) This user is a Premium Member This user is an Administrator Send mail to this user on July 19, 2007 6:05:58 PM CDT

Yes that is photoSIG official policy. And if you're only here to question people's honesty, you're not welcome.

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From lightningstrike/William (10,288) Send mail to this user on July 19, 2007 8:07:25 PM CDT

Dan sorry I should have told you about the way things work on here...There is not a lot of room to walk so you have to be careful where you step..Dan is a friend and a stormchaser and maybe one of the nicest guys I have ever meant..And yes Sheena we had a set of our chasers on that tornado which aired on CNN,ABC,TWC and many others so yes we know about it...Thanks

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From lando/Bob (69) Send mail to this user on July 19, 2007 7:22:51 PM CDT

I started reading all the "fluff' regarding this photo. Gee whillikers :>) if posting a picture [no manipulation, no trick stuff (like I am a photo geek!!!)] is creating a flurry of "crap" what's the point of posting on photosig? Folks, ....a simple snapshot of a tornado that the "real" people wanted their picture taken with the tornado in the background to record this event. Nothing more!

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From abigail/Abigail (831) Send mail to this user on July 18, 2007 11:37:06 PM CDT

This photo makes my heart pound! Wow, just wow. That sure is a graduation to remember.

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