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    Holy cow this is cool--storm pics

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    Re: Holy cow this is cool--storm pics

    those are awesome espeically the first one



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    Re: Holy cow this is cool--storm pics

    You do realize those are fake as **** right??



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    Re: Holy cow this is cool--storm pics

    Quote Originally Posted by ZJohnson View Post
    You do realize those are fake as **** right??
    How are they fake?
    I take it you've never seen a supercell before, in real life?


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    Re: Holy cow this is cool--storm pics

    Quote Originally Posted by ZJohnson View Post
    You do realize those are fake as **** right??
    Wow. None of those are fake (*edit - they are probably HDR pictures - see my post below, but not 'fake as ****'). I will try to find a better version... I believe I saw one today. The first pic is up for one of National Geographic's pictures of the year or something like that.

    Yep, it's not the exact photograph (not HDR), but it's from the same location at virtually the same time: http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/The201..._yn/1290540476 It's picture 13 on there.


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    Re: Holy cow this is cool--storm pics

    If you guys really want to see some bad *** pictures, take a look at Ryan McGinnis' blog.

    The Big Storm Picture: My Favorite 25 Photos from Project Vortex 2

    This guy has been lucky enough to have the opportunity to join the VORTEX 2 project and photograph the crew through the last two seasons. Any of you who watch Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers" series will recognize the V2 name. Josh Wurman is the leader of that project.



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    Re: Holy cow this is cool--storm pics

    Even better.

    Here are a couple links to a storm chaser forum that I am a part of:

    Best (Personal) 2010 Storm Photographs
    YOUR BEST 2010 Storm Photographs - Stormtrack

    Best (Personal) 2010 Tornado Photographs
    Your Best Tornado shot to date - Stormtrack



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    Re: Holy cow this is cool--storm pics

    Quote Originally Posted by cstrunk View Post
    Even better.

    Here are a couple links to a storm chaser forum that I am a part of:

    Best (Personal) 2010 Storm Photographs
    YOUR BEST 2010 Storm Photographs - Stormtrack

    Best (Personal) 2010 Tornado Photographs
    Your Best Tornado shot to date - Stormtrack
    Those pics taken by James Langford are freakin crazy! (in the first link)


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    Re: Holy cow this is cool--storm pics

    Yes I have seen a super-cell before. I've been through two EF-3 tornadoes and have seen roughly ten. I have also been through a hurricane. I really enjoy weather, and if it wasn't for the industry I am in now I would probably gone to school for Meteorology. The reason I think those first ones are fake is, the first picture. Look closely to the fence posts and road, they look like a painting. I am not doubting that some of those pics are real at all, in fact I know a lot of those are real, but those seem suspicious.



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    Re: Holy cow this is cool--storm pics

    Quote Originally Posted by ZJohnson View Post
    Yes I have seen a super-cell before. I've been through two EF-3 tornadoes and have seen roughly ten. I have also been through a hurricane. I really enjoy weather, and if it wasn't for the industry I am in now I would probably gone to school for Meteorology. The reason I think those first ones are fake is, the first picture. Look closely to the fence posts and road, they look like a painting. I am not doubting that some of those pics are real at all, in fact I know a lot of those are real, but those seem suspicious.
    If you read the article he says he made it by stitching together photos into a panorama.

    Whenever I've done this the photo looked "fake" when viewed at less-than full resolution. I suspect each of the individual component photos was very high quality, and after stitching them together, the final image was thousands of pixels in each dimension.

    Then, when it was compressed for web, the photo was reduced to a fraction of its original quality, leading to montonic, de-textured, "fake" features you see.

    Just my best guess.



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    Re: Holy cow this is cool--storm pics

    Quote Originally Posted by ZJohnson View Post
    Yes I have seen a super-cell before. I've been through two EF-3 tornadoes and have seen roughly ten. I have also been through a hurricane. I really enjoy weather, and if it wasn't for the industry I am in now I would probably gone to school for Meteorology. The reason I think those first ones are fake is, the first picture. Look closely to the fence posts and road, they look like a painting. I am not doubting that some of those pics are real at all, in fact I know a lot of those are real, but those seem suspicious.
    It looks like they attempted to change the picture to an HDR photo, which explains the painted look.



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    Re: Holy cow this is cool--storm pics

    The weather in the midwest is fascinating. I remember times I would sit at rest areas in the country and just watch the lightning. I would imagine you can see some even cooler stuff in Kansas and Oklohoma where it is so much flatter than Nebraska and Iowa.


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    Re: Holy cow this is cool--storm pics

    Quote Originally Posted by driegner View Post
    If you read the article he says he made it by stitching together photos into a panorama.

    Whenever I've done this the photo looked "fake" when viewed at less-than full resolution. I suspect each of the individual component photos was very high quality, and after stitching them together, the final image was thousands of pixels in each dimension.

    Then, when it was compressed for web, the photo was reduced to a fraction of its original quality, leading to montonic, de-textured, "fake" features you see.

    Just my best guess.
    i've never seen a picture compressed for the web end up looking like a painting



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    Re: Holy cow this is cool--storm pics

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUonthemove View Post
    It looks like they attempted to change the picture to an HDR photo, which explains the painted look.
    The first thing I thought when I saw it was that it was an HDR picture.



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    Re: Holy cow this is cool--storm pics

    Quote Originally Posted by JY07 View Post
    i've never seen a picture compressed for the web end up looking like a painting
    It looks like an HDR picture.

    High dynamic range imaging - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    This process makes it look "painted." It's basically three photos taken consecutively at different contrasts and then merged to give a different look. When they are pixelated for smaller file size for web use they can look worse in some cases.



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