All original images (C) Steve Douglass unless otherwise noted.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Maelstrom


With no storms to chase tonight - I spent most of this evening editing this image in Photoshop. It was shot Monday night as the severe storms raked the city and the sirens were sounding.

When I first uploaded it into my Mac - I saw it had potential - but it had major problems. It was filled with electromagnetic noise (due to the lightning) underexposed in parts of the image and because the clouds were in motion during the 15 second exposure parts of it were blurred.

I knew it would take some serious work in CS-4 but If I could bring out of the mess the epic scene I beheld with my more sensitive eyes - it would be worth it.

- I spent over three hours "fixing" bringing out of the digital -muck this final view of that amazing storm.

I call it "The Maelstrom" and gives you a good idea what was going on in the skies over Amarillo that caused us to all lose so much sleep.


-Steve Douglass

"Some day I'll be a thunderstorm - again."

Wild wave ...

(C) Steve Douglass

The little jet and the giant face ..

A thunderhead, that popped up yesterday evening, appears to be looking up at a high-altitude jet.

-Steve Douglass

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