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Pacific Eruption by DrewHopper Pacific Eruption by DrewHopper
Distant lightning streaks on the horizon, whilst the waves pound the rocky coastline off the Coffs Coast - New South Wales, Australia.

Just a tip that most of you should already know! Make sure you know the way back to the car when exploring new locations, or at least pack a torch! I wasn't expecting to stay til dark this afternoon, but the conditions forced me to wait it out til dusk when the lightning started crackin! Not the most enjoyable thing trekking around coastal headlands at night with no idea how to get back.. I ended up inches to slipping down this cliff! At least if I slipped someone would hopefully have found my camera and shared this photo in my memory :giggle:

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:iconcrypticpython:
CrypticPython Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well worth it I think!
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mz7 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow
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Nosbor12 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Top notch mate!
All for the shot, that's the spirit!
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daniesg Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
I love this photo!
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:iconelimir:
elimir Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011   Artisan Crafter
thats an insane shot
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AndyMPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow..i love this shot! great job drew :)
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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:icondwth:
dwth Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Student Artist
This photo has been featured on Thumbs of the Week 173rd.:wave:
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:icondrewhopper:
DrewHopper Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks mate!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner May 12, 2011   Photographer
love it mate! love the distant warm glow of the lightning.

maybe bring those shadows up a bit on the dark rock fg-right?
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:iconjazzhead:
Jazzhead Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Beautiful shot..The rocks look a little HDR'ish though..I like it.;))
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:icontrashins:
Trashins Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
this is beautiful!
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MaddyJordan Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Just amazing! Great job at catching that.
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TaGiRoCkS Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing that you captured this moment in time
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
Sweeeeeeeeeeet!

aF
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:iconpeterpateman:
peterpateman Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent! I love the contrasts in colour and texture.
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GregArps Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
The darkest parts of the shot are looking a little too black to me, like that rock in the water, otherwise very nice indeed... the horizon line doesn't bother me much! :thumbsup:
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
They look a bit too dark on my end as well, will tone them back for print. Cheers!
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GregArps Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
No worries. Must be frustrating switching screens, doing what I can to help :P
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Rustydesigns Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Im going to be honest. Something is seriously off with this shot. I have a triple monitor setup and on every monitor the horizon line is VERY VERY sharp. Its so sharp it almost makes the sky look cut and pasted in. Tone down the sharpness!
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
It is sharp shot at f16, kept it crisp 100% for impact across the horizon where the lightning meets sea to frame the top thirds.
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Convergenceonly Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
very pretty
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:iconiscriptikus:
iscriptikus Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Silly bean- photography is a dangerrous sport
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Frozen-song Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Awesome shot and what a spectacular view! :)
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slickwilly182 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Buy a headlamp! Hands free lighting :)
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:icondrewhopper:
DrewHopper Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
I have one of those laying around somewhere. I need one with adjustable light settings for light painting :P
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slickwilly182 Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Mine has a few different modes on it. It has one bigger led that has 3 settings of brightness,. then 2 smaller leds with their own 3 settings of brightness. Both led's also have an option to set them to blink mode.

I would get a Maglite for light painting, if you get the bigger one, it also doubles as a weapon!
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Trinitite Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Student General Artist
That is so eery, I love it!
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great stuff Drew, excellent touch with the lightning.
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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TriforceZZ Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
awesome
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50mmFairy Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Totally worth the wandering in the dark and the risk :D :nod: The colours are awesome! Long exposures can seem repetitive - this stands out :clap: :winner: nice 1!!
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mj-magic Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
soo beautiful! :heart: but pleeease be careful my friend! :hug: that's a scary story!
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kokinomala Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
beautiful:)
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StefanHefele Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
...mystic lightning... very interesting shot mate. I like the color of the sea. And you did a very great job with the composition :-)
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
Cheers man :)
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styxthedrummer Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lesson learned.
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:iconriscas:
riscas Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Beautiful photo
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:iconbojkovski:
Bojkovski Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
great work
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:icondehughes:
DEHughes Featured By Owner May 9, 2011   Digital Artist
Great photo
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twelvemotion Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Cool, hey be careful man! I thought about making an electric torch or flashlight a basic part of my gear. Wouldn't be a bad idea Drew. And sure, your photos would live on if you took that plunge but who knows your best stuff could be yet to come! :)
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psyfre Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Hectic man !!
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SadisticButterfly Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
I think this may be my favourite of yours ever. Its beautiful, also, yeah that wasn't so smart of you, please be more careful D: the photographic world can't afford to lose such talent.
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