How to take a great photo

Want to take a great photo, a photo that will be remembered for a long time? Of course it’s helpful to have a camera. But the first thing you have to do is be there. And how do you get there? Well, with many of the most famous shots in history, luck played a part. But in just as many others, luck’s part was pretty small. If you keep trying to be in the right place with a ready camera, eventually you will be there—and be rewarded. That’s certainly true of wildlife photography. And apparently it’s the case with weather photography, as well.

This is a photo of a spectacular thundercloud called a supercell. The photo was taken by electrician and amateur photographer Sean Heavy last July up in Montana. He’s been taking photos of storms for seven years. Some of the other photos are good. But this one is great.

Photo of supercell by Sean Heavy, taken near Glasgow, Montana, July, 2010.

It’s an amazing photo and now is up for an award from National Geographic. You can read about it here.

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