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Photographer's surprise!

Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2008, at 8:44 AM

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Some of you may have seen this but because of my interest in photography, I had to share it.

THIS IS A PICTURE THAT SOMEONE TOOK WHO WORKS ON AN OIL RIG. HE WAS GOING TO TAKE A PICTURE OF THE LIGHTNING AND WAS UNAWARE OF THE TORNADO UNTIL THE LIGHTNING ILLUMINATED IT.

Taken Thursday night, April 3, 2008.

Lariat Sandridge Energy

South of Ft Stockton , TX


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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:

http://www.snopes.com/photos/natural/sed...

-- 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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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.