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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D90
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May 31, 2010, 4:13:25 PM
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The Campo Tornado of 2010 by MattGranzPhotography The Campo Tornado of 2010 by MattGranzPhotography
A year ago, on May 31st, I witnessed the beautiful Campo Colorado Tornado. The view I had however, was the backlit side of the twister. Most everyone else on the chase was on the other side of the funnel and witnessed it as a white tornado with a beautiful blue sky behind it.

I was still miles away when I shot this at 200mm. I was jumping up and down in excitement because I figured with only five days to chase, and this being my next to last day out, that I wouldn't see anything more than a severe storm. I'm sure glad I was wrong!
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:iconvrinda-the-wistful:
Vrinda-the-Wistful Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Eerie and gorgeous.   O _ O    I love the light!
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:iconitsanotheranonymous:
itsanotheranonymous Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Do you know this tornado's rating on the Fujitsu scale? Because I do know that size doesn't matter. Anyway, nice picture. I love tornadoes.
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:iconevevilly:
Evevilly Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Matt, it doesn't matter how many times I look at it, it still fills me with awe! Thank you for doing what you do <3
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:iconmattgranzphotography:
MattGranzPhotography Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks!  I get the same feeling.  ;)
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:iconchestnutsaga:
ChestnutSaga Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad that I don't live in USA....
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:iconmattgranzphotography:
MattGranzPhotography Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Photographer
It's good that this world has something for everyone!  ;)
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:icondianavvolf:
DianaVVolf Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Can I use this picture in an essay? Please give your permission! ^^ Thanks you!
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:iconmattgranzphotography:
MattGranzPhotography Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
yes
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:icondianavvolf:
DianaVVolf Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks you :D
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:icondopplerdragon:
dopplerdragon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HOLYCHEESYPIE!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!
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:iconmattgranzphotography:
MattGranzPhotography Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
it was!
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:iconmerclavette:
merclavette Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome, ive seen it around somewhere. nice to know who took the picture. its beautiful!
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:iconmattgranzphotography:
MattGranzPhotography Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
Yeah, I've posted this everywhere I can. It's funny, but I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who caught it from this angle… most people caught the spectacular images from as close as 100 yards away from the West… I got there a little late, and got what I could before it dissipated.

Glad to meet you!
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AngelJasiel Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
scary!!!!
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:iconmattgranzphotography:
MattGranzPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
It was about 5 miles away and moving at about 5 mph, so truth be told, it wasn't all too scary in person… but the clouds directly above me, dark and swirling did cause me to pause...
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:iconangeljasiel:
AngelJasiel Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG..sounds creepy ..:fear:
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:iconpsykohilly:
PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Excellent shot!
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:iconmattgranzphotography:
MattGranzPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much! :)
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:iconpsykohilly:
PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Anytime :salute:
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:iconskyeconnelly:
skyeconnelly Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
Um.. yeah. This is amazing. :wow:
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:iconmattgranzphotography:
MattGranzPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks! ;)
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:iconhorsesnhurricanes:
Horsesnhurricanes Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
That was an amazing tornado, being such a large, photogenic, relatively long-lasting funnel over sparsely populated terrain and beautiful skies. Magnificent shot.
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:iconmattgranzphotography:
MattGranzPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
It was long tracking enough for me to watch it drop from 40 miles away and still make it in time to shoot a few closer shots with a wide angle lens. A fantastic twister! Thanks!
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:iconleashaahooker:
LeashaAHooker Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011   Photographer
Wow! Those are some dark, scary clouds! This looks like a Halloween image :)
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:iconmattgranzphotography:
MattGranzPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Professional Photographer
Yeah, the colors are certainly reminiscent of that time of year… and tornados so happen in the fall… but it was all due to my being on the wrong side of the funnel cloud (thank goodness it was a slow moving one!).
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sugarcoat Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
holy crap that is AWESOME!! glad to hear you were MILES away! :laughing: I love the orange sky and the darkness of the clouds, it makes it more severe and real!!!! :D gorgeous
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MattGranzPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
Yes, though I did eventually get a good bit closer, this image turned out looking far more violent and looks closer because of my using a 200mm lens to capture this while using a 12mm to catch my other images of this tornado.

Thanks so much! :)
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:iconsunlitmercy:
SunlitMercy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this is amazing!
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:iconmattgranzphotography:
MattGranzPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconsunlitmercy:
SunlitMercy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
welcome :D
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:iconastrophysic17:
Astrophysic17 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
It is going to make me cry! You lucky snake! Thanks for putting it up!
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:iconmattgranzphotography:
MattGranzPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Luck was definitely on my side! Thanks!
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g25driver Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
well done..and you have nuts to stay there!
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:iconmattgranzphotography:
MattGranzPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
;)
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:iconalspitz:
ALSpitz Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Amazing shot!
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:iconmattgranzphotography:
MattGranzPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks!
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:icontophosphere:
Tophosphere Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
:faint: s o j e a l o u s
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:iconmattgranzphotography:
MattGranzPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
I'm missing it too. I'm jealous of the chasers who got to within 100 yards of this slow moving beast. Lots of vids on youtube… check it out!
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DalekMercy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Must have been a good storm chasing season. Well at least you got to view the tornado in a more interesting. :)
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:iconmattgranzphotography:
MattGranzPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks! Yeah, having no idea what you're doing can lead to improvising, which can lead to having something unique… LOL.
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