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Crystal Coupling
Nothing like shooting snowflakes in sub-zero windchills in mid-March! :faint: Had some unseasonably cold weather over the past couple of days which created some really incredible snowflakes last night. This pairing was one of my favorites. Tested out a new LED light instead of the usual lamp setup too, which should help avoid any heat/melting issues in the future :nod: With temperatures in the 60s and 70s in the forecast, I'm hoping that this one last incredible night of shooting snowflakes will be the last for the season, but you never know! =D

Please tell me what you think! :dance:
Stellar Asymmetry
I know I know... my last post was about how spring is just around the corner. So what fresh icy hell is this? =D Finally got around to processing some of my snowflake images from this winter and this was one of the first off the bat. For a little background info, I usually shoot these on a plate of glass backlit by a lamp. So for the final processing of the image, I invert it, making the previously dark snowflake silhouette into a white positive figure more in line with the "classic" idea of a snowflake that usually comes to mind :) And yes, snowflakes are all unique and practically perfectly symmetrical. However, since atmospheric conditions change as they fall and form, they're not quite perfect. One noticeable factor in this stellar dendrite are the length of its "branches" on the left and right arms. This disparity can be caused by the way the snowflake falls, with one side of it gathering moisture faster than the other. :nod: Many people think that snowflakes are just white clumps of ice and the "pretty" snowflakes are something made up for advertisements and television. Well the next time it snows, look close! If conditions are right, you may see 6-sided stellar dendrites like this one falling on your sleeve :wow:

Shot with Canon 60D and a reverse-mounted 18-55mm lens @ ~18mm for maximum magnification. No crop.

Please tell me what you think! :dance:
Minimum Maintenance Mesocyclone
Not afraid to say that this is my favorite frame from last year :aww: Saw a lot of cool scenes since moving to South Dakota, but this dying supercell churning above an appropriately-labeled "minimum maintenance" road lined by vibrant green grasses just encompasses what I love about weather photography. And more specifically, what I love about photographing the weather out here. Don't get me wrong, the camaraderie of randomly bumping into friends while photographing a storm is fantastic, especially when they come from other states and your only other communication has been through social media :) But there's something so serene about knowing you have a storm all to yourself, on a day with no national "severe outbreak" hype. You can just go out, look at a cloud, and enjoy your surroundings B-) (Cool) 

Available in print in my "Dakotascapes" 18-month calendar :camera:
Back Porch Barrage
Hey everyone! :wave: Been busy lately but I did have time to throw together an 18-month calendar titled "Dakotascapes" full of images I've shot in South Dakota through our first year of living here. Didn't have to travel anywhere for this shot though! This stunning barrage of cloud-to-ground bolts was captured right off our back porch during a storm last summer :)

Also working on cutting a big timelapse project showcasing the beauty of South Dakota, so lots going on! Apologies for the infrequent posts as of late, I promise I'm still taking photos and have lots of unpublished work to share! :highfive:
Rushmore Sky
Canon 60D
Canon 400mm f/5.6

Came home from work this evening and noted the amazing sunset potential. I then proceeded to change out of my work clothes, turn on the TV, and completely space off shooting sunset :XD: Realized it was too late and went on porch to observe the inevitable "that-was-probably-epic" sunset afterglow. That's when I noticed Mount Rushmore popping out against the Black Hills. Of course! During the summer, they always have a nightly lighting ceremony around 8pm. By that time, the city lights are too bright and drown out this view. However, now that the main tourism season is over, they no longer do the late nightly lighting ceremony. Instead, they light it up closer to sunset. This was the first night of the year that I noticed it in time to catch a photo :)

Please tell me what you think! :thanks:


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Evan Ludes
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Evan Ludes
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Hey, my name is Evan. I've been taking photos for about 8 years and come to this community to gather inspiration and share my work. Thanks for visiting! :)

Current Residence: Omaha, Nebraska
Hey everyone! Happy to say that I got quite a few "keeper" images from our recent trip to Colorado, and a lot of great memories (more on that later). Decided to extend the sale through Saturday in case anyone wants to get their hands on some of my new images, which I just posted on my Facebook page :)

$35 gets you an 18x12 of any of the images below (or literally any other image in my gallery!) signed and shipped straight to your door. Shipping is free for US residents.

Send me a note or comment with what you want by Saturday! :la: :hug:

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