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    During a visit to the Canyon lands during the monsoon season of 2013 I chased storms during the week and had this little micro thunderstorm head right at me. It was a magical moment with the sun peaking through the clouds to the west and the storm producing rain and a few lightning bolts as it passed by me.
    WHAT MAKES THIS PHOTO GREAT?
    Composition 37
    Lighting 36
    Creativity 22
    Story 19

    We love the way this photographer captured the split second of a lightning strike and the surrounding storm. The vantage point allows us to see this vast open landscape from above so we can follow the curves of the wind- and water–carved land formations with our eye. The choice of black and white emphasizes the dramatic sky and storm clouds, as well as the shadow and highlight details in the land. Weather patterns are a major topic in our global news. While this is just a small thunderstorm, the drama of the image speaks to a larger concept.

    Cory Richards
    National Geographic Photographer
    65 comments
    Joe Enenbach
    Joe Enenbach

    Congratulations on the recognition of this terrific image in the current issue of NGM!  Certainly well deserved.

    don ciesielski
    don ciesielski

    Fantastic capture.  The vantage point is amazing.  It provides such a grande sense of space and that coupled with the end of the canyon in the foreground is remarkable.

    Jim Helm
    Jim Helm

    Superb detail; great sense of isolation - really like it !

    Myrna Goff
    Myrna Goff

    The lightening makes it great…  W/O the lightening, it would have been just another ho hum photo of a rain cloud…  AWESOME….  BREATHTAKING..  AND I would bet so memorable for the photographer.


    Wajahat Iqbal
    Wajahat Iqbal

    An incredible Photograph showing the fury of Nature.Congratulations Klaus



    Rich Miller
    Rich Miller

    Hello Klaus,

    I wanted to tell you congratulations on the assignment. I really like you gallery of images and the use of compostion and placement in the foreground perspective. "The image, "Moods Of The Sands" I really like the way it was exposed and the  serene quality of image. The patterns of the sand and ridges act as waves with the tide comming in from a white ocean. Very nice. I will have to come and vist your gallery more.

    ~Rich

    Eamonn Croft
    Eamonn Croft

    Just seen this incredible image. Inspiring

    Samuel D.
    Samuel D.

    One day I hope to take a picture like that. I love lightnings, and the addition of a lightning and a very beautiful landscape in a perfect black and white photo is really awesome.

    mysti blu
    mysti blu

    Klause Priebe..

    very lucky spur of the moment click!  please forgive me for taking three tries to say everything, am quite new at computers.

    mysti blu
    mysti blu

    Thank you Cory Richards, totally agree with the *Editor's note...

    Klaus Priebe
    Klaus Priebe

    Thank you all so very much. You thoughts and comments are very much appreciated!

    Douglas Gimesy
    Douglas Gimesy

    Klaus,

    Simply perfect in all regards.

    Well done.

    Doug

    Wesley Thomas Wong
    Wesley Thomas Wong

    Beautiful shot and congratulations Klaus.....this photo is a stunner..... 

    Gavin Hardcastle
    Gavin Hardcastle

    Klaus, this is just brilliant. Black and white was the right way to go. Bravo!

    Tanmay Khandelwal
    Tanmay Khandelwal

    Congratulations \m/

    And most importantly fabulous picture. :)

    Harsha Singh
    Harsha Singh

    Congratulations Klaus! A well deserved honor for the image. Big applause. Love it!

    Lucy Beveridge
    Lucy Beveridge

    Many many many congratulations, a very well deserved win & honor!! This image is superb & it's absolutely breathtaking!!!

    Diane Sawchuck
    Diane Sawchuck

    YAHOOOOO Klaus - Congratulations!!!!!!   CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP - well done!!!!

    Scott Tully
    Scott Tully

    Congratulations Klaus this amazing image is by far the absolute best choice for the winning photo !  Truly Special!

    Klaus Priebe
    Klaus Priebe

    Thank you all so very much for your comments. You are all so very kind.

    Otto Dwiyanto
    Otto Dwiyanto

    congratulation....all pictures in you gallery are amazing

    Joan Rankin Hayes
    Joan Rankin Hayes

    Photography at its best! Congratulations for the winning photo!

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    Congratulations Klaus for this exceptional image.

    Jay Wagner
    Jay Wagner

    This is epic! What a great place to shoot!

    Hansraj Shah
    Hansraj Shah

    Great shot    , in black n white it has opened the soul of the picture.....love it.

    Hiro Kurashina
    Hiro Kurashina

    As many others must have mentioned already, this is a fantastic capture!

    Orion S.
    Orion S.

    incredible photography. top notch 

    Klaus Priebe
    Klaus Priebe

    Thank you all so very much. Your comments are all very much appreciated!

    vance mordecai
    vance mordecai

    The land where time was born.  I know it well, and now re-visit it so keenly through your eyes.

    Thank you, Klaus.

    Photo Details
    Date Uploaded: Sep 30, 2013
    Location: Moab, Utah, United States
    Copyright: © Klaus Priebe
    Categories: Black and White, Landscapes, Weather
    Assignments: Explore Our Changing World