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Rolling Blue Thunder_vsMCP by xLoversRevenge Rolling Blue Thunder_vsMCP by xLoversRevenge
© Michael Cullen Photography 2013

The perks of chasing with a friend? They had a boat! As promised, here's one of the many photos I have managed to get over the past couple weeks. I apologize for the delay. This was probably one of the most structured and most beautiful super cells I have ever seen. I could of sworm for a second I was in Oklahoma until I opened my eyes and realized I was about a half mile off shore in a really rather small motor boat! By the grace of God, we managed to beat the storm to the shore and followed it all the way inland where it considerably weakened before dumping about an inch of rain on us. Too watch the structure of this storm build up from the very beginning, to being on the leading edge of this amazing and flawless shelf cloud, to seeing it slowly dissapate over land was nothing short of awe inspiring. I really couldn't believe my eyes. This is the kinda storm structure you see in Oklahoma, not in Connecticut!! I felt completely blessed to have not only seen this but to have captured it as well! I hope you all enjoy!

Framing is Monochromatic color scheme with a soft shadow inlay and a 90 drop shadow. Nothing in this photo is altered or enhanced in any way. Minor editing done to correct camera distortion.


NOTE TO VIEWER: Storm Chasing is EXTREMLY DANGEROUS. If you DO NOT know what you are doing, you are putting yourself in grave danger. I am a trained storm spotter and schooled in Meterology. I have been studying and chasing storms half my life. I am confident in my abilities to know when I am in danger and when I am not. People can and have died doing this. I DO NOT condone or recommend it to ANYONE, unless you are trained in the feilds of Meterology and Storm spotting. Even then, it is EXTREMLY DANGEROUS!
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segura2112 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Jawdrop Love!! Thank You
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thegirlcalledratha Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Photographer
Your disclaimer makes me happy. I'm only a bit resentful of the television show "Storm Chasers", because after it came out every kid with an iPhone thought they could do this.
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Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
How beautiful  :)
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xXWhite-FoxXx Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Student Photographer
cool
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Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Look at that arcus, you lucky bird! What an inflow jet and FFD! One of the most awesome shelf I've seen!
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:iconxloversrevenge:
xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
I agree, this is actually the first intensly structured Ive ever seen in my neck of the woods and that's pretty rare! thanks for the awesome compliment!
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Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome and of course, I like shelf clouds :P. Cheers!
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ihamo Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Marvellous photo.
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:iconxloversrevenge:
xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you!
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:iconxloversrevenge:
xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you so much i am truly honored!
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Nnaliseaai Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
It makes me think of the inside of an ocean wave. 

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:iconxloversrevenge:
xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
Ikr? was on the ocean when I caught it, thought of the same thing!
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Nnaliseaai Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
The Sky emulating the Water instead of the other way for once. 
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:iconxloversrevenge:
xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Photographer
exactly!
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ShadowSpyProductions Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
What kind of training is involved with being a storm-chaser?  Aversion training? Sky spotting?
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xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
I take Meterology Courses though a night schooling program and the storm spotting course was offered to me through there. I can't speak for others, but most if not all storm chasers I know are either meterologists or are becoming meterologists or are meterology students. I don't recommend any one without any training or the proper knowledge of these storms and how they form to just go out and chase. However, I live on the east coast and all that was required of me was storm spotting class, then i got to chase with other chasers and earned my credits through there. I am assuming it all depends on where you live, I know if I was in Tornado Alley I would have to be a graduate of meterology school, then Id have to find a chase team to go out with and earn my stripes with them before I could be on my own. If anything I would recommend taking a storm spotting class, and just work from there. Like I said, I wouldnt encourage you to get out there without any training..Good Luck!
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ShadowSpyProductions Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
Naw, I wouldn't go out there without training.
Thanks for the info. Stay safe. :)
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xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Photographer
You too and very wise decision! :lol:
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Jiecess Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
just,.. wow O.o
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xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you!
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Jiecess Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
With pleasure :)
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Sleepy76 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome!!
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xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
thanks!
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WillCapers Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Breathtaking.
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:iconxloversrevenge:
xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
thanks a lot for the kind words!
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WillCapers Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Anytime. :-)
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KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Absolutely great shot.
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:iconxloversrevenge:
xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you so much!
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Andecaya Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconspotlightplz:You are featured! :iconfavoriteplz:
:iconyour-best-art: Feature-Blog: 
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xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
OMG thank you so much! I am honored!
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Izhorian25 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
scary :o
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xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
Nah, its quite beautiful actually; but then again I may be certifiable! thx mate
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Nazo-The-Unsolvable Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Roll clouds are some of the much cooler clouds. Such a shame they don't happen where I live.
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xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
where do you live? Yeah they dont happen here too often, OR they happen just not around me. So either way it's a bummer. I get lucky once in a while though!
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Nazo-The-Unsolvable Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mississippi unfortunately.
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xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
No super cells down there? Or are they present you just never catch them?? I never thought CT would have them and already a handful this year!! Its quite crazy seeing shot that is like your typical oklahoma weather on the east coast! You must get a lot of gulf moisture there though, a lot of rain?
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Nazo-The-Unsolvable Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This year has been hectic for the north with the two derechos that passed through. They spawn tornadoes like no tomorrow. Here in the very south of MS there's hardly any supercell formations, but up north there can be a couple every season, but I've never seen one personally. I would like to, though.
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xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
Oh the derechos were killer. One was like what 500 miles long and 100 and something miles wide? Yeah we just got the very end of those. Hardly a rumble of thunder and I was always told that living on the water, is awesome for storms, but so far its like where Ilive has a protective bubble around the location. Storms fire, N, S, E, W and all in between but never in my locaction, its so frustrating!! I never thought id see a supercell here and one went right over my house. Of course it spawned a tornado before it got to my location, but we did get rain as it was passing though. it was a real low precip one so standing out there watching this shelf cloud go right over head, I was like holy shit!! Thats the only one that's been in my location, others I had to chase. Its so worth all this waiting when you do finally see one! Trust me, its beyond beautiful and scary all at the same time. You really feel insignifigant next to one of them things! GOOD LUCK! Storm season aint over yet!!
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Stolvezen Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Like water in the sky :heart:
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xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
indeed!
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Stolvezen Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so great !
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Keziamara Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
one in a million. Magnificent picture
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xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you very much!
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SnapHappySash Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh my goodness me! This picture gave me goosebumps! :) Love it! so beautiful!
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xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you so much!
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soulessrobin Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
DAMN BEAUTIFUL!
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xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
thanks!
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Luna77770 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is deadly,but beautiful.... Crazy though for a picture
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xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
I couldnt agree more, thank you so much! Glad you like!
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