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01:54 am - Hail


February, 2009
Ballard, Seattle


While it was hailing early this evening, we stood out on the deck exclaiming over it. It was pretty heavy for a while. I had fun blasting the flash out into the sky, not even looking through the viewfinder. One of the neighbors in the building next door came out to see what was up.

I like the fact that the flash makes the hail look like it's going up. That's because the flash shot as the shutter opened, and then there's a fraction of a second while the shutter is still open and gathering light. Enough to get the effect you see here. Hah! (In fact, some people shoot their flash only before the shutter closes -- "rear curtain" flash it's called.)

If you have red/blue 3D glasses, let me know if they have any effect.

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From:shelly_rae
Date:February 10th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
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Yep, that's what I walked home in. I never thought to get the camera out of my bag though. I was too busy watching for hail blinded cars that the driver insisted on driving forward (full steam) anyway. Clear the windshields people! I like the hail moving up effect.
Anon
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:February 10th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
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If I'd had to be walking in it, I sure wouldn't have stopped to take a picture, so I well understand. Watching Seattleites drive in the snow or slick road conditions is really kind of frightening.
From:randy_byers
Date:February 10th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
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That's a pretty cool shot. Very strange colors.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:February 10th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! But, um, I have to admit, it's actually very hard for me to look at. Hah!
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From:bitterlawngnome
Date:February 10th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
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hail. HAIL! wtf is up with that? I demand sunny springtime sunshine.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:February 10th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
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And now it's sleeting/snowing it looks like. Bah! Humbug! *grumble*
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From:philbutrin
Date:February 10th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
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great picture :-)

we didn't have any hail on capitol hill... at least not that i know of!
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:February 10th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
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We're on the top floor of our building, and it had a really different sound than even a heavy rain. And we were both home. Or maybe I should just say All Hail Ballard!
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From:kate_schaefer
Date:February 10th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
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My 3D glasses have some effect: fuzzy detail recedes, and the hailstones stand out more.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:February 10th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for checking! Maybe I shouldn't have fought the chromatic fringing so much. Then it'd be even MORE like a 3D picture. I bet someone's done a tutorial on adding chromatic fringing to get blue/red 3D.
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From:intelligentrix
Date:February 10th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
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Wow. That's wicked awesome, dude.






I don't know. Apparently my brain was briefly inhabited by a stoner from Boston.
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From:intelligentrix
Date:February 10th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and my first thought was that the picture reminded me of Van Gogh's "Starry Night", which I just worked as a highly satisfying jigsaw puzzle.

I really like this one. It's very impressionistic. I wouldn't mind seeing it bigger--maybe on my wall some day.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:February 10th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
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There's a lot of posterization (which is something you don't want to see) hidden by the small size. Alas!
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From:nellorat
Date:February 10th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
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I really like this photo--it does have a great sense of depth, and the implied motion makes it somehow more present.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:February 10th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Maybe you'd like some of Martin Parr's bad weather photography, an early series he did. Google "Martin Parr bad weather" and you'll find some links.
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From:vgqn
Date:February 10th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
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Oh, cool!
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:February 10th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:February 11th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
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Give it a coupla years or a decade or so, and there might not be any ice anywhere!
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:February 11th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure that I have either, now that you mention it. But I bet if one went to flickr and searched on "falling hail" there would turn out to be entire groups/communities devoted exclusively to same. Hah!

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