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Ominous Sky

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 26 July 2018 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I was at the Illinois Beach State Park taking photos when an approaching storm came out of nowhere. I had to take this path back to where my car was parked. Thankfully, the storm was still fairly distant.

Photo captured June 23, 2018.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 160 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Fantastic atmosphere and great bw process

26 Jul 2018 5:04am

Martine from France

Magnifique ciel.

26 Jul 2018 5:09am

yoshimiparis from France

very dark and mysterious atmosphere, superb monochrome

26 Jul 2018 5:17am

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

Excellent what a great and timely capture.

26 Jul 2018 5:18am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle tornade et ciel grandisoe compo et ce chemin de terre superbe compo et vue.

26 Jul 2018 5:19am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Une photo impressionnante, et oui heureusement que tu étais éloigné, c'est une belle tornade qui arrive.
Le noir et blanc est parfait !
Bonne journée Steven

26 Jul 2018 5:23am

Joëlle from France

Nom de Zeus, bel instant capturé bravo à toi, superbe !

26 Jul 2018 5:39am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Oupsss Impressionnant ...

26 Jul 2018 5:45am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Ohhhhhh dramatique atmosphère, mais superbe.

26 Jul 2018 5:57am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Oohh... ghost cloud...

26 Jul 2018 5:58am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France


26 Jul 2018 6:50am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

wow ! very impressive ! excellent capture of the moment in B&W !

26 Jul 2018 6:58am

Gérard Flayol from Allauch, France

Fabulous this B&W

26 Jul 2018 7:40am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

lucky U*

26 Jul 2018 8:51am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

The same word sprang to my mind before I read your title. Excellent capture and treatment

26 Jul 2018 9:50am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

You captured a good one here Steven. A superb B/W. A real dramatic image of this very angry sky. 5*

26 Jul 2018 10:00am

Maria-Lina from Brownsburg Chatham, Canada

Oh wow, quelle belle prise, magnifique! Une chance que tu as pu te rendre à l'auto avant que ça éclate... Que ta journée te soit belle et douce, bisou!

26 Jul 2018 11:27am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Amazing sky, very nice composition !!

26 Jul 2018 12:23pm

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

wouhaaaaaaaaa IMPRESSIONNANTE ta photo !! Elle est superbe ! j'aurais eu très très peur !

26 Jul 2018 12:27pm

Anne from France

Amazing sky!
Do you know I can't access your gallery (I need to agree on the fact it's "dangerous"!)

26 Jul 2018 12:44pm

willy from Belgium

superbe cliché de ce ciel tourmenté Steven


26 Jul 2018 1:18pm

Le Krop from Charenton-le-Pont, France

(Sublime photo)

26 Jul 2018 1:52pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wow...5*****It is at the same time a magnificent and terrible photo by the strength of the elements. Bravo to have made the photo before running to your car ...

26 Jul 2018 1:58pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

What a dramatic and dynamic sky!!! Fabulous image

26 Jul 2018 2:17pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Wow !! That is a dramatic sky!! Thank God you escaped the storm !

26 Jul 2018 2:46pm

Don from Spokane, United States

The approaching storm has a cloud feature that mimics the path. It's an awesome picture.

26 Jul 2018 3:09pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

The kind of clouds I don't need to experience again. I haven't seen clouds this ominous since growing up in the Midwest.

26 Jul 2018 7:11pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

That is an amazing and scary storm cloud. I hope you made it back to your car in time.

26 Jul 2018 7:29pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


26 Jul 2018 7:31pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

whoa... that is scary

26 Jul 2018 7:46pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

Tornado storm?
I'm really curious to find it out now.

26 Jul 2018 8:52pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A fantastic image! That clouds are amazing. I love how you included the path and how it goes in the opposite direction. I am glad that you made it back to the car safely. It looks like it was a pretty bad storm. 5*

27 Jul 2018 1:23am

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

What a storm and what drama lurks over the horizon. The cloud cell look absolutely amazing and terrifying at the same time. Excellent work to photograph it so well.

27 Jul 2018 2:19am

Michael Rawluk from Canada

That is a stunning shot.

27 Jul 2018 5:05am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Wow, Steven! That's a fantastic shot, I'd love to have captured that! I'm glad it stayed away from you!

27 Jul 2018 5:21am

Ginnie from Netherlands

OMG, Steven. I would NOT have known this wasn't a twister coming towards me! How very dramatic. i hope no one was hurt.

27 Jul 2018 5:33am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

. . wow . . not sure if I'd want to pray or run . . both might be a good idea !

27 Jul 2018 8:07am

pascale from Brussels, Belgium

fabulous shot ! 5*

27 Jul 2018 1:12pm

Remus from Portugal

Excellent and powerful sky.
The presence of the lines (the paths) was clearly an asset.
Amazing scene.

27 Jul 2018 2:33pm

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Well deserved Spotlight ! Congratulations Steven !

27 Jul 2018 3:47pm

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Congratulations Steven. A well deserved Spotlight.

27 Jul 2018 4:21pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Congrats on the Spotlight, too - well done !

27 Jul 2018 4:33pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Congratulations on the Spotlight Steven! This is a spectacular image! Very well deserved!

27 Jul 2018 6:01pm

Le Krop from Charenton-le-Pont, France


27 Jul 2018 6:56pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, perspective & atmosphere!
Amazing sky !!!!!!!!!!
& Congratulations! :)

27 Jul 2018 9:43pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Congratulations on the Spotlight!

28 Jul 2018 12:07am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States


this is absolutely stunning

28 Jul 2018 1:18am

Sam from Chennai, India

Amazing. A fine capture of this Dramatic sky.
Congratulations on your spotlight. :)

28 Jul 2018 3:48am

Gérard Flayol from Allauch, France

Congrats Steven, superb Spotlight !

28 Jul 2018 3:55am

pascale from Brussels, Belgium

i knew it such a fabulous shot
congrats on your spotlight

28 Jul 2018 9:00am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Congratulations on your SPOTLIGHT!

28 Jul 2018 3:08pm

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Congratulations on the spotlight, wonderful work.

28 Jul 2018 3:32pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

...and Congratulations on the well deserved Spotlight !

28 Jul 2018 5:26pm

Grandoude from Saint Quentin en Yvelines, France

Wonderfull supercell on this landscape.
Save yourself

28 Jul 2018 5:45pm

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

Wow!!!! This looks nasty! Glad you made it back! Sorry to have missed many days...we had been traveling,'Cheers

28 Jul 2018 5:55pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Congratulations on the Spotlight!

30 Jul 2018 12:56pm

omar from Kunduz, Afghanistan

Absolute amazing scenery, the b+w makes it more dramatic

1 Aug 2018 10:03am

pascale from Brussels, Belgium

congratz on your spotlight !

2 Aug 2018 6:11am