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Country Storm
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Secret Storm
Secret Storm
Believe it or not, this was taken from the van window while driving 60MPR Down the freeway in Portland Oregon. Camera on auto sport mode to stop action, I held the shutter button down to take multiple shots. Most of them came out blury. Framed and detailed in Photo Impact.
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Roseann E. Dreasher
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    Whoa! Sometimes the details about how the shot was taken are more interesting than the photo itself, in this case both are fabulous!!

8/25/2003 8:20:58 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

member since: 5/21/2003
 

Thank you Roseann. I was just happy that one came out good enough to use after a little manipulation. I went through my camera battery really quick that night taking multiple shots in an attempt to capture a different look or unusual shot. 98% of the shots I came home with are not garbage. LOL :)

8/25/2003 8:41:20 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

member since: 5/21/2003
 

OOPs, make that, "ARE" garbage! I was going to say: "are not useable" then switched gears in mid sentence. LOL (blush, snicker)

8/25/2003 8:44:50 AM

 
Rui Filipe Rebelo Prego

member since: 7/24/2003
 

Super Shot ! One second in your live (may-be less), you will never forget this second.
Splendid!
Rui Felipe

8/25/2003 9:07:22 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

member since: 5/21/2003
 

Thank you Rui!

8/25/2003 9:14:17 AM

 
Brinn MacDougall
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I love this Lori!! Amazing timing! You captured one great boomer..

8/25/2003 10:23:08 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

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Thank you Brinn. Looks real doesn't it! Here is the original photo which was in fact taken from the van window doing 60 MPH on the freeway. I just thought it looked a little plain, so I ...

8/25/2003 10:37:08 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

member since: 5/21/2003
 

I wanted to see how the enhanced version was excepted before I showed the original. Sorry guys, I wanted to see if folks bought the scene. I've been working on improving my editing skills and gettin better all the time. For contests I won't let a fake fly on it's own without sharing the work done. The special effects where all done in Photo Impact, using Illumination,then creative lighting, and Creative Particle Effect, then rain. :)

8/25/2003 10:54:05 AM

 
Suzie Strasburg

member since: 1/17/2003
 

Outstanding job!!!!!!!!!!!:~)))

8/25/2003 2:30:02 PM

 
Judith G. Secco
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Wow, your manipulation is outstanding. great job, Lori.
Judy

8/25/2003 5:27:59 PM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

member since: 5/21/2003
 

Thanks Suzie and Judith. Since manipulation is what I do for a living, I am sharpening my skills all the time. This shot just struck me as being a cool storm type, "We aren't in Kansas anymore Toto!" :) Glad you like it. I'm waiting for the critism patrol to share their view! LOL

8/25/2003 5:35:40 PM

 
Paula Showen
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Wow, Lori…incredible! This is absolutely fantastic work! Both the original photo and your special effects! You’re both a sharp-shooter and an artist! Nice work! Good luck with it!

8/25/2003 7:58:26 PM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

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Thanks Paula. It was fun to play with. I took about 60 shots while driving before the sun went down. Most didn't turn out but the few that did are nice ones. :)

8/25/2003 8:37:18 PM

 
Paula Showen
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I'm still amazed! Everytime I look at it.

8/25/2003 9:14:07 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Wonderful images, Lori! Really a great job!

8/25/2003 9:19:52 PM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

member since: 5/21/2003
 

Thank you so much Evy!

8/25/2003 9:21:24 PM

 
Brinn MacDougall
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Lori..since you used me to "confess" lol I will be the one armed patrol. This is called Digital Art! no harm no fowl. I do it all the time..and I know lots of others do too. I would hate to let you loose with a really good editing program! Now, the dig. The only spot that gave you away, is the top of the lighting bolt..needs work. There, that wasn't so bad! So..my friend your image is upstanding and outstanding!

8/26/2003 8:12:14 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

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LOL, Brinn, you just crack me up! Yes the lightening bolt needs work, agreed. Now if I only knew what the tops SHOULD look like! LOL Should I maybe cover it with a cloud? or brighten the tips up or tone the tips down? A little assist pleeease! (grovel, beg, bended knee, hands folded .....)LOL

8/26/2003 8:50:05 AM

 
Brinn MacDougall
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Hi lori, I would use a bit more cloud cover..if you have "fade" option, that would work too!! Also, most bolts come from the ground up!! I guess..lol that's what they say..

8/26/2003 10:07:46 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

member since: 5/21/2003
 

I didn't know that lightening comes from the ground up. Hmmmmm, I'll have to research that. I have fade but I think a few more dark clouds might work too. I'll check it out and get back with ya!

8/26/2003 10:31:06 AM

 
Johanna Taafe Brewer

member since: 8/26/2003
 

This thread should go into the classic catagory...it really is too funny!

8/26/2003 10:35:59 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

member since: 5/21/2003
 

Are you laughing at us Johanna??? (snicker)

OK Brinn, lightening goes from the ground to the cloud and back again which is why the stringers are pointed down most of the time. So what I have to do is bring the end of the bolt down and add a glow in the cloud around the tip. I went and looked at lightening and read about it. So now I now I know! Ya learn somthin new every day! :)

8/26/2003 10:52:43 AM

 
Susana Matos
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WONDERFUL WORK, and what matters for me is the emotion we get from looking to an image! May it be the original shot or not, and your treated image is absolutely GORGEOUS, keep them coming,
cheers from POrtugal, Su

8/26/2003 2:02:44 PM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

member since: 5/21/2003
 

Thank you very much Susana!

8/26/2003 6:16:00 PM

 
Omar Segura
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Wow, excellent job!!!!!

9/1/2003 8:40:25 PM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

member since: 5/21/2003
 

Thank you so very much Omar! I'm kinda proud of this one. :)

9/1/2003 9:08:54 PM

 
Jacqueline D. Stefano

member since: 3/20/2003
 

Awesome shot, Lori! You have every right to be proud of this. It's a winner, if you ask me. Way to go!!!

9/4/2003 5:15:55 PM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

member since: 5/21/2003
 

Thank you so much for all the support Jacqueline! We'll see what the judges have to say! LOL

9/4/2003 5:26:58 PM

 
Gunther Allen
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A wonderful piece IMO. I've never tried this, but could you use the blending tool at the upper ends of the bolts- so they seem to come out of the clouds more? Simply great manipulation- I'll have to give it a try! :-) -G

9/7/2003 8:10:23 PM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

member since: 5/21/2003
 

Thanks for the comment Gunther. Yes I could manipulate the ends of the bolts more and should add a light cloud over the tips or, like you said, use a blending tool. I just haven't gotten back to this one. Manipulation is really where I shine. I wasn't much of a photographer but I'm working hard to be better. Thanks again! :)

9/7/2003 8:29:15 PM

 
Aki Jinn
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cool photo ! I didn realized it was a manipulation !! Great shot u have , taken from a van window, its hard to take somthin that looks as clear as this

good job :>

9/8/2003 7:01:40 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

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Yes it is hard to get a clear photo while driving. This is one of 26 shots and it's the only one that turned out! Thank you for the comment, and for taking time to visit my gallery!

9/8/2003 7:35:47 AM

 
Karen Seargeant
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GREAT JOB! Congrats!

PS...you had me believing!

9/9/2003 1:30:56 AM

 
Evy Johansen
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Congratulations! Well deserved, Lori!

9/9/2003 3:28:04 AM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Hey, Lori! For one clear shot out of 26 taken, you clearly did PLENTY right in the "darkroom" ---CONGRATULATIONS, and good luck next week!

9/9/2003 3:59:49 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Congrats to you, Lori!!!

9/9/2003 4:35:45 AM

 
Jennifer Bulsza

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Congrats Lori!!!!

9/9/2003 5:20:40 AM

 
Darren K. Fisher
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You done an outstanding job here. Congrats.....

9/9/2003 5:52:55 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

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Thank you everybody! Karen, Evy, Mary, Colette, Jen, and Darren, I sure did not expect this! Guess I should stick to what I know best, the dark room! LOL

9/9/2003 6:16:49 AM

 
David Taylor

member since: 3/14/2003
 

Congrats on making the finals. Your editing was really impressive.

9/9/2003 7:18:56 AM

 
Murry Grigsby
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Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Lori!!

9/9/2003 7:28:47 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

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Thank you Dave and Murry. Makes me more confident in my editing skills which is really my forte anyway. :)

9/9/2003 7:41:07 AM

 
Paula Showen
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I knew this one was going to get an award!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Great job on this, Lori!!!

9/9/2003 9:16:37 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

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Thanks Paula, same to you!

9/9/2003 9:36:56 AM

 
Susan T. Evans
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Congrats Lori, well deserved, OUTSTANDING, hard to believe you were going 60MPH! somehow I missed this one! Congrats!!!!

9/9/2003 9:47:14 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

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Thank you Susan!

9/9/2003 12:36:02 PM

 
William C. Raco
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Great catch, Lori
Congratulations,

bill

9/9/2003 12:39:19 PM

 
Mette Vendelboe Allison

member since: 1/28/2003
 

Beautiful, Lori! Love the dark mood! Great exposure! Congrats:-)

9/9/2003 12:50:35 PM

 
June Marie Sobrito
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Great work!! Congratulations!!

9/9/2003 2:18:07 PM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

member since: 5/21/2003
 

Thank you so very much Bill, Mette and June. This was really quite a surprise!

9/9/2003 3:15:34 PM

 
Gene Spears
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one heckuva shot - congrats!

9/10/2003 7:21:25 PM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

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Well, thank ya Gene! Sure appreciate the comment. :)

9/10/2003 7:28:36 PM

 
Susana Matos
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This is well deserved, and really a good work, indeed! Congrats,
cheers Su

9/11/2003 2:22:40 PM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

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Thank you so very much Su. If I had a glass of wine I'd bump it to yours and do a proper cheers! LOL Good luck in the contest too!

9/11/2003 2:28:36 PM

 
Kathleen Clemons
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WOW Lori. I missed this one. Wonderful work! :) Congrats!

9/11/2003 2:57:03 PM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

member since: 5/21/2003
 

Well, thank you Kathleen! Good luck with yours too!

9/11/2003 3:35:26 PM

 
Dick van Breda
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Congrats, Lori and good luck in the finals. Regards, Dick

9/12/2003 3:12:55 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

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Thank you very much Dick! You are always so kind. Haven't seen much work from you lately. I hope you're doing ok.

9/12/2003 6:47:43 AM

 
Suzie Strasburg

member since: 1/17/2003
 

A BIG HAND TO YOU!:~))

9/13/2003 11:02:37 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

member since: 5/21/2003
 

Thank you Suzie!

9/13/2003 11:23:18 AM

 
Dan S. Coquia

member since: 7/14/2003
 

Great job, Lori! Congratulations!

9/22/2003 11:40:37 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

member since: 5/21/2003
 

Well thank you very much Dan! I appreciate that.

9/22/2003 8:22:25 PM

 
Larry Lawhead
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OK, so I'm a bit late. Bit wanted to say GREAT SHOT, Lori!! Love what you've done with it, especially the rain!!

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12/29/2004 8:08:50 PM

 
Larry Lawhead
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OK, so I'm a bit late. Bit wanted to say GREAT SHOT, Lori!! Love what you've done with it, especially the rain!!

      LarryL http://lsqrd.blogspot.com/

12/29/2004 8:08:51 PM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

member since: 5/21/2003
 

Thanks so much Larry! I love being creative and playing around with effects to make a unique looking image! Glad you like it!

12/29/2004 9:27:53 PM

 
Mike F. Anderson
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Lori, great editing for a dramatic result. Very nice indeed!

5/19/2006 7:00:15 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

member since: 5/21/2003
 

Thanks, Mike!

5/19/2006 7:10:07 AM

 
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