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Paul, you have done it again! Another stunning photograph. Thank you.
I echo Ginnie’s comment 100%. Brilliant shot, Paul.
I really love the mirror reflection of the stars in the water. That’s imagination for you, also, an eye that really sees!
Such an amazing shot, Paul!
Such an interesting composition of a rough, rocky foreground and shallow water pools in the foreground and a late, yellow sunset background colours competing against an amazingly clear, late-winter starry sky in Colorado, USA. Definitely a place where one that you just could sit and look at for hours and reflect back in time to appreciate our vast, amazing universe and also wonder what will happen in the future as well! No light pollution around to ruin the view there from any major cities! The stars are reflected in the perfectly-still waters of the pool like jewels. From Rebecca Hill, Canberra, Australia
Thank you Ginnie, Laurence and Rebecca.
Another remarkable photo!! This took my breath away and would make a stunning poster. Thanks Paul for all your outstanding photo abilities.
Top shot, Paul, and beautifully stunning.
Marvellous composition, exposure and great capture! As ever, assured from your photographic submissions, your photos never fail to delight and enthral. Great work! I like the ethereal nature of the overall vista. Enchanting!
Thank you Laurence.
Further detail from Paul..
Here in Bluff, we have what’s become an annual tradition, local sculptor Joe Pachak builds a sculpture of cottonwood tree
branches and other natural materials, and like most of Joe’s sculptures, they’re patterned after images from ancient rock
This year, the sculpture is a coyote. The sculptures are then burned down on the night of the winter solstice. The Navajos
and Utes come and drum and chant. It’s all somewhat of a pagan ritual… Joe finished the sculpture yesterday and
I spent several hours shooting it last night. As if some bizarre omen, a lunar halo appeared above it and lasted about 45 minutes. Very strange indeed.
To provide some scale, the coyote is about 18 feet tall, and maybe 30 feet long, nose-to-tail.
Paul Martini, Bluff, Utah, USA.
Fantastic surrealistic picture Paul. Perfectly fit to illustrate some mysterious tale by Edgar Allen Poe. Wow!
Thank you Hans.
As ever, Paul, a veritable hallmark of your marvellous photography.
Grand shot by any standard. The sunbeams, (god rays) really set the picture off well indeed. The photo packs in a lot of mood and atmosphere.
Thanks for the sharing of this.
I know you have previously taken, and kindly, displayed remarkable lightning images on the CAS’s Gallery.
Do you know about the staggering and marvellous place for lightning in Catatumbo, Venezeula? I am sure you have.
This is surely the lightning capital of our planet.
Have a peek at this lot:-
It is amazing how the sky dramatically turns purple or lilac after the electrically-charged lightning has finished lighting up the sky during a dramatic thunderstorm and the rain is pouring down over Bluff, Utah, USA. Great shot! From Rebecca Hill, Canberra, Australia
Thank you Laurence and Rebecca.
Great shot, Paul! Another dramatic storm system over Bluff, Utah, USA at dusk! Amazing how you can see the stars in the sky through a gap in the storm clouds! From Rebecca Hill, Canberra, Australia
Crickey, Paul! Full moonlight?!? I guess this is a long exposure but, to me, it is like evening or early morning day light.
Nice shot indeed.
What a gorgeous shot and just at the right time for the lightning!! Mars is now receding away from Earth, darn it. Thanks for sharing ten fold.
Joan H. Laurino
Great shot, Paul!
A beautiful, dramatic shot of the vast, starry heavens above us on planet Earth and lightning from a distant storm to add to the drama. Nice shot of Mars and the milky as well. I think I have been seeing Jupiter as a really large, distinctive, bright star in the early spring, western sky on our cold, clear nights over Canberra, Australia where I live. From Rebecca Hill, Canberra, Australia
Thank you Joan and Rebecca.
A veritable hallmark and masterpiece of your photographic handiwork, Paul, as ever.
You have paid masterful homage and tribute to the powerful tumult in the heavens above.
I like the employment of monochrome and the careful use of lighting which lends contrast to the glowering and menacing clouds above set against the starkly brightly lit rocks in the foreground.
I totally agree with Laurence Green’s comment above. Well done Paul on your dramatic, monochrome black and white storm picture. The rain is about to pour down out of the storm clouds and the sun creates such a stunning contrast in the foreground in order to create a master-piece. From Rebecca Hill, Canberra, Australia
Another great shot and a tribute to nature and her stormy skies.
Joan H. Laurino
Good shot Paul! Looks like you have been travelling for many miles along the gravel roads in the South Western USA in a search for adventure. Looks really lonely and vast out there. The highlight that day would have been to see that rain storm building up after a long, hot summer’s day in August in dramatic fashion. From Rebecca Hill, Canberra, Australia
Wow, I love these black and white cloudscapes Paul.
Thank you Rebecca and Hans.
A dramatic shot looking up into the starry heavens through a break in the dramatic, earthly thunderstorm in the distance showing its full force. Great shot! From Rebecca Hill, Canberra, Australia
I echo Rebecca’s fully justified comment! Well said, Rebecca.
Yes this is nature’s explosion of power! Paul, you did it again with a remarkable lightning shot. Let’s hope this makes the 2019 calendar. :)
A fabulous shot Paul. I used to see the milky way when I was a young boy before the air got so polluted. And in West Australia where I lived for 10years as a young man. Now you have to go to Cumbria. Again is it a time delay to get the MW to be properly exposed?
My thanks to all. Michael: Not a “delay” specifically, generally my exposures
in night sky images (MW, etc.) are between 10 to 17 seconds, depending.
Marvelous lightning presentation over Bluff. Our U.S.A skies are extremely turbulent right now; however, such skies do create these profound scenes.
Great dramatic, turbulent sky shot, Paul! Lightning looks like bright fingers coming down from the sky in order to touch the earth, lighting everything up with its positive charges or you could imagine it being part of a science museum exhibition. From Rebecca Hill, Canberra, Australia
A faultless ands really gand photo capturing huge drama. Quite a spectacle!
Marvellous, as ever, from you, Paul!
July 24, 2018 at 5:51 pm
A faultless ands really grand photo capturing huge drama. Quite a spectacle!
superb image Paul
Another beauty from you, Paul. Sure appreciate your efforts in getting these most outstanding sky dramas.
Quite dramatic! The rain pours down in the distance and the lightning shines its silver light upon it as they appear to dance. Great shot. From Rebecca Hill
Paul how could I go passed your wonderful photo of the lightning strike in the rain beneath the cloud’s precipitation shaft. I would be very pleased to capture such a photo. Can I assume from looking at the clouds it is a long exposure which suggests that you do not have or did not use a lightning trigger. Is that rain or starlight in the blue of the sky?
My thanks to all. Michael: No lightning trigger, a two-minute exposure.
A veritable classic “Paul Martini” shot bearing all the hallmarks of his style of grand photography!
To all CAS gallery viewers – Paul puts in a huge amount of effort and travelling to capture scenes like this one. Also, braving some pretty awful harsh elements at some personal risk.
I know he would appreciate comments, like me, to photos submitted upon the Gallery. We have thousands of members but so, so very, very few take up the opportunity to comment, discuss photos etc.
I belong to several small societies, but must say this, the interchange of discussion is lively to say the least! Whereas here in the Gallery it is paltry. It is like a comment desert!
Come on! This is your Society!
superb image Paul excellent capture
I’m sure happy that I read your above comment about paltry comments by Society members. How true, but I, personally hope to change this by taking special efforts to comment more often, darn it as of today.
As for Paul Martini’s above photo. It is the greatest and the most spectacular that I’ve seen, although, Paul, you do it all the time. Utah is a mecca for dramatic skies. My favorite state