The coolest photo you'll see of that "derecho" storm hitting NYC today

It's Manhattan, not Mordor. With this shot, photographer Ryan Brenizer wins derecho day in New York City.

"Not Photoshopped to heck; it actually looks like that," he explains. "23 images with a new lens I’m testing."

Have a look at the larger size here (EDIT: Alternate link).

(via @legalnomads)


  1. Impressive, most impressive.

    (That said, given that a significant amount of the drama of the piece is in the contrast and dynamic range, both areas where eyeball meat sensors and silicon sensors differ rather notably, I have to wonder how one would best measure ‘realness’. It certainly doesn’t have that zOMG-HDR-TO-11!!! look that heavily photoshopped HDR experiments do; but verisimilitude in contrast seems trickier to measure than verisimilitude in content.)

      1. Basically pointing out that the photo hardly represents what the human eye sees looking at Manhattan from the same angle. Cameras cannot pick up nearly the range of info the human eye can. With a given camera/film stock, the dynamic range of various qualities, “latitude” in contrast, base color pick-up, and which particular settings are used  all change how a photo differs from reality. So that photo doesn’t actually match what some guy (ie me) looking out his Brooklyn window is seeing hovering over Manhattan. So the poster seems to be pondering weather things have been fiddled with (HDR filters and photo stitching) or if its a wonderful coincidence of the camera.

  2. I’m trying to view the full picture, but the link seems to be dead.

    I would love to know what lens that is! (Although, I doubt the price falls within my comfort zone.)

    Also, check it out: Purple Rain really exists! ;P

    (87C Wratten)

  3. Very pretty/ominous, and I’d love a print. $100 seems awfully high, though, especially considering the extra cost of a frame on top of that.

  4. Has anyone read Peter Hamilton’s or “Night’s Dawn” trilogy? He describes massively powerful storms (called “Armada Storms”) that eventually lead Earth’s cities being domed to protect them from destruction. The storms are caused by the massive influx of atmospheric heat from the population’s power consumption. Not so because of greenhouse gases, but waste heat from devices.

    The derecho storms description sound like baby armada storms. What an interesting future you will all have.

  5. Wow. If ever there was a “If You Saw That In A Movie, You Wouldn’t Believe It” shot….

  6. Very cool photo. I love watching storms like these roll-in.

    That was part of a long string of storms that stretched from the NE straight down into Texas. My daughter was stranded in DFW last night because her flight into DFW from OKC was delayed long enough for her to miss the last connecting flight to Indianapolis. American Airlines provided cots in the terminal for her and a few other stranded flyers to sleep on until this morning, when they will finally be able to get out of there. Very frustrating day for her.

  7. It looks like what I’d imagine Christian Bale’s brain feels like all the time.

  8. As more and more people see this kind of apocalyptic image with their own eyes, while also experiencing week-long power outages afterward, maybe the propaganda assault waged by the fossil fuel industry and their Republican mouthpieces will lose its punch.
    Reality will always trump the artificial reality of the lies of public relations.

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