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a Gift from the Sky by michael-dalberti a Gift from the Sky by michael-dalberti
The Mojave Desert can be one of the hottest deserts in North America - we average around 110 degree's during the summer months. During this period, we have some of the most spectacular thunderstorms you can witness. This particular one brought a wind that knocked up tons of sand off of the ground, making visibility very low when I drove back to civilization.

Oh what fury and havoc storms can bring, but man are they beautiful.

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Two Blended Exposures
Dodge and Burns
Canon 5d Mark II
Canon 17-40 f/4L
Singh Ray Polarizer+Warming filter
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:iconsons-of-medusa:
Sons-of-Medusa Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Beautiful
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:iconlittle-deamon-child:
Little-deamon-child Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
that in fahrenheit yes?
we average that all over australia here in summer :P
the picture is beautiful
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:iconmichael-dalberti:
michael-dalberti Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
haha yeah australia is burning hot I hear, thanks!
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:iconlittle-deamon-child:
Little-deamon-child Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
yeah tis, twas 45 or 46 degrees celcius**
a couple of weeks ago here :P
everyone nearly melted :D
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Keenie-Weenie Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
They certainly are majestically beautiful. Storms are awesome.. I can't understand why people hate them so much!!
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Thewinator Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
:deviation: This here beauty got featured in my journal.
Have a look here [link] :+favlove:
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:iconmichael-dalberti:
michael-dalberti Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
thanks!
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:iconthewinator:
Thewinator Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
You're welcome :)
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:iconchrr:
Chrr Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
this is just impressive, great, magnificent, swell^^ faved by the power of 10! i love your pictures!
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:iconmichael-dalberti:
michael-dalberti Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
aw thanks:)
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The whole atmosphere just blows you away. I really like the sky and the amount of different colours present here. :)
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:iconmichael-dalberti:
michael-dalberti Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
Thanks:)
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austinboothphoto Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the mojave, a beautiful place. Joshua trees are really cool and can make a great foreground. I would love to go back but it may be a while since I have moved to Oregon from California. We do have the high desert here in Eastern Oregon though.
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jayshree Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yeah, the thing on the right side sticking out - crop?
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:iconjayshree:
jayshree Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I think I'm really starting to hate you.
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:iconsilvercresent11:
Silvercresent11 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is incredible! Great shot. :D
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:iconmanic-streetpreacher:
manic-streetpreacher Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
wow, thats just awesome!
But just a question, what do you with dodge burn mean?
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:iconryser915:
Ryser915 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Michael Dalberti = Photograpic domination
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:iconnovelhill:
novelhill Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
magnificent
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:iconpeterjcoskun:
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
another awesome shot man...i wish i could be getting shots like this!
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:iconiamidaho:
Iamidaho Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
yup as i said before your on a roll
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:iconmichael-dalberti:
michael-dalberti Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
thanks a lot nate, ha!
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DaTa5amurai Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009   Photographer
Stunning! I love the mix of light rays and rain. Beautiful shot.
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:iconmichael-dalberti:
michael-dalberti Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
Thank you very much!
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
Yeah you pretty much nailed this shot I would have to say
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:iconmichael-dalberti:
michael-dalberti Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
Hey John thanks a ton:)
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Lesstraveledphotos Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
Thats a amazing shot... really the only thing that throws it off slightly is that little bit of Joshua tree sticking out on the right side of the shot, otherwise great composition and colors!
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:iconmichael-dalberti:
michael-dalberti Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
You're totally right, I meant to crop that out, darn! I'll have to get back to that! Thanks by the way:)
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:iconlesstraveledphotos:
Lesstraveledphotos Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
haha no worries, your welcome!
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:iconfubecando:
fubecando Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
Nice shot....AGAIN! Well played sir! Your shots are looking very nice and sharp!
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:iconmichael-dalberti:
michael-dalberti Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
Thanks a lot bro!
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:iconflippinphil:
FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
Great shot mate, liking the seeping light through the top clouds, and the downpour in the distance.
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:iconmichael-dalberti:
michael-dalberti Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
Thanks a ton man
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:iconflippinphil:
FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
Anytime mate. :)
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darkfoxprime Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
Ohhhh, I miss the summer thunderstorms in the Antelope Valley (western tip of the Mojave Desert). Lovely photo!
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:iconmichael-dalberti:
michael-dalberti Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
They are so beautiful and very welcome in this dry climate! Thanks!
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:iconmr-tobi:
Mr-Tobi Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work!
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:iconmichael-dalberti:
michael-dalberti Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
Thank you:)
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:iconmr-tobi:
Mr-Tobi Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
you're welcome!
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:iconquadrajet988:
quadrajet988 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
amazing work on this one!! beautiful photo! :D
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:iconmichael-dalberti:
michael-dalberti Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
Thanks!
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:iconfuntoon:
Funtoon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional Artist
Well done .. Great shot .. :)
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:iconmichael-dalberti:
michael-dalberti Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
Thank you!
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:iconfuntoon:
Funtoon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional Artist
:bow:
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Dani-Lefrancois Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
woooahh.. this is totally sweet! excellent capture man! it feels like you are really there!!..

total :favlove:.. oops i forgot my + sign! :+favlove:.. tee hee!<3
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:iconmichael-dalberti:
michael-dalberti Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
Aw thanks:) :+fav:
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Dani-Lefrancois Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
=D you are welcome!
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