13 May 2009 1857 hrs
Near Lamont Oklahoma
No damage reported. This was out in the open.

Nikon D2X
Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8
Slik Tripod

1/30 sec F/4
ISO 100 0 EV
HDT Info:
Four images adjusted in Nikon Capture: 0 EV, -0.5, -1.0 and
-1.25 EV.
Sent to Photomatix to generate HDR, made adjustments
Sent to Photoshop for sharpening and cropping

All of the conditions formed today to spawn a gaggle of tornadoes… This one went rain wrapped right after this shot. We nearly got into trouble since we were on a dead end county road.
Storm had 3" hail


storm, weather, tornado, thunder, extreme, oklahoma, severe


  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 5 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Margaret  Shark
    Margaret Sharkabout 5 years ago

    WOW! Talk about being in the right place at the right time with the camera. Otherewise, it would totally not be the right place. Glad it didn’t do damage. This is spectacular.

  • We finally got in the right place to catch one… We heard this one basicially went stationary…
    Jeremy and I will be posting video tomorrow of this one…

    – Dennis Jones - CameraView

  • D Byrne
    D Byrneabout 5 years ago

    Well done.

  • MattGranz
    MattGranzabout 5 years ago

    Wow, talk about hot off the press!!! Not only is this a timely capture but a very elegant one as well. I was going to be out on the plains this spring myself this month but life got in the way, so I’m all the more appreciative of excellent storm captures such as this one. Actually, this is simply put… stunning.

  • This was an exciting time… We got lucky and didn’t punch the big hail core…Just saw 1.5 inch….

    – Dennis Jones - CameraView

  • Joe Powell
    Joe Powellabout 5 years ago

    Excellent capture Dennis….Great angle you chose to use, love the contrast of colors.

  • deb cole
    deb coleabout 5 years ago


  • CeeCeesMama
    CeeCeesMamaabout 5 years ago

    Stunning shot Dennis.

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsabout 5 years ago

    Excellent,Dennis, very dramatic and an instant favourite!

  • Rachel Counts
    Rachel Countsabout 5 years ago

    Very dramatic & dark! Great capture.

  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...about 5 years ago

    Very cool capture, Dennis! Super ominous! Outstanding work!

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