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Clearing Haboob by TrentLarsonphoto Clearing Haboob by TrentLarsonphoto
I've failed the last handful of times i've gone hiking. I see some nice clouds and then it gets too cloudy and the light is blocked. I decided to give it another try, and I finally got some light. I was set up out there maybe 30 minutes before hand, and it was WINDY. I even had to hold my tripod to make sure it wouldn't fall over. With about 15 minutes to go, it started getting really dusty, and I ended up standing through a dust storm or haboob (an arabic term for a dust storm in arid regions). It then rained pretty hard on me for about 5 minutes (thankfully I had an umbrella for some reason) which got rid of some of the dust. There was also lightning right above me, which didn't make me feel too great considering I was holding a metal tripod. All these things came from one relatively small cloud too. I ended up lucking out with this weird, dusty storm light and I got a little bit of a rainbow too!

Superstition Mountain, Apache Junction, Arizona.
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cactusmumkate Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awsome shot :love: :clap:
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SharPhotography Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
Outstanding!
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dynamicimagery Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
Beautiful!
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Dreampixphotography Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
Nice work here well done
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GregArps Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Bloody awesome. Actually thought it was one of George Stocking's shots from the thumbnail haha
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TrentLarsonphoto Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Really? That's by far the best compliment i've ever recieved! I'm sure you were dissapointed when you saw it wasn't his, but I really appreciate that. I'm a huge Stocking fan. Thank you so much!
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GregArps Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
No worries bro :P Haha I'm so used to seeing pictures of the desert and Superstitions in my inbox from him that it was an easy mistake to make. Plus of course it's a fine picture you have there! I'm also a huge fan of his work...
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djohn9 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
With the rainbow you can justifiably say you captured the whole spectrum of colors. The sunset coloring on the cacti and the rock looks right on to me.
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TrentLarsonphoto Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Yea, pretty much...and almost all kinds of weather too, haha.
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MsDulcet Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful light!
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TrentLarsonphoto Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Thanks!
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justeline Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
Beautifully composed and captured!
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TrentLarsonphoto Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Thank you so much!
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jon-rista Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot! Nicely composed and well lit, beautiful desert. (Might be lacking a bit in contrast, but still a good shot.) :)
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TrentLarsonphoto Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Thank you very much! I actually went back and put a little more contrast in it. Thanks for the tip!
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jon-rista Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Perfect! :D
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crypticfragments Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Photographer
love this light!
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TrentLarsonphoto Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Thank you. It was some interesting light for sure
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SteveMcClelland Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
:thumbsup:
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TrentLarsonphoto Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Thanks
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SteveMcClelland Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
np!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
By far your best shot. I watched as this dust storm blew over the superstitions from the 101 on my way to Gilbert. I kept thinking how awesome it would be to go here to shoot after the storm. I love the colors in this shot and the composition is fantastic. I only wish that the mountains were a bit sharper (they are sharp but they could use a bit more) I'm not sure if this is because of the remaining dust from the storm. That rainbow is just the icing on the cake too. Your patience paid off here. Makes me want to head back up there.
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TrentLarsonphoto Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Really? You think so? Thanks a lot man! My patience really did pay off here. The thought of leaving actually did cross my mind when I had dust in my eyes and my lens was getting wet. I'm glad I stuck with it. I was so excited when that rainbow apeared, haha. I sharpened it a bit more. Let me know if you think it's too much or too little.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
The mountains do look a bit sharper. I still have not shot in the middle of the monsoon. I need to get that done along with some fall shooting next month up north. I would love a shot like this in my gallery though. All the elements come together so well.
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TrentLarsonphoto Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
I don't know why, but i just can't get the focusing/sharpening down. I am gonna be getting glasses soon, so that should help. You kind of just gotta force yourself out there. You'll get it eventually
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
It could also be the tail end of the dust cloud that made the mountains softer. The foreground is sharp as a tack, but I'm not sure what aperture you were shooting at. I'm one of those never quite in the right place when I want to be kinda guys haha.
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TrentLarsonphoto Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
You're probably right. I was shooting at f/22. That's how I am minus couple times like this. When I see great sunsets, my camera is never on me
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I always seem to hesitate going out to shoot during the summer because of the heat and then I see these amazing sunsets from the backyard and punch myself in the stomach.
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