Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Photographer's surprise!

Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2008, at 8:44 AM
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  • Your information about the origin of the photo is incorrect, and while the weather is from a real photo the drilling rig was Photoshopped:


    -- Posted by Jicarney on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 9:19 AM
  • I have seen that same tornado and lighting bolt in another photo that showed a man working on an electric pole and he was standing on one of those lifts.

    -- Posted by bellbuckletn on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 9:48 AM
  • Regardless of the origin this is an amazing photo. I do like the original better.

    -- Posted by KParker on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 11:51 AM
  • Then let's give credit to the photo shop creator. anyone know who thatw as?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 3:09 PM
  • Curious John. How did you track that down? Is there a data base on pictures, Photoshop pictures, or did you just know this one previously?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 3:13 PM
  • Just a hunch. I had seen other photos like this one that turned out not to be authentic, and so I went to Snopes and looked up "tornado" and "lightning" together.

    I was pleased, actually, to see that this was at least based on a pretty amazing real photo.

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 9:22 PM
  • Thanks for the post. The original photo is great too. I am starting a set of lessons, "Extreme Storms", this week and it fits in perfectly!

    -- Posted by Jacks4me on Thu, Nov 6, 2008, at 7:22 AM
  • I've never used Snopes much. Did not think about search photos. Thanks John.

    It was an amazing original and a good example of what can be done with photo editing software. For those of us who used to try this magic in the darkroom, it is phenomenal. (And no chemical!)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Nov 6, 2008, at 7:32 AM
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