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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.
    Composition 40
    Lighting 38
    Creativity 23
    Story 21

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