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© Rocco Palermo
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Photo Info
UploadedAugust 8, 2007
TakenMay 16, 2007
ModelCanon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Exposure1/2000 sec at f/3.5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length18 mm
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it was in may 2007 in northeastern syria. we were working as every afternoon and suddenly someone screamed about a storm. everybody went to take cameras. I shooted many photos, but this was the last before i went in the common room with the others. three minutes after the storm was in our courtyard and we were all together watching behind the windows. in the room there was a great amount of dust. it was everywhere also on our faces and shirts. two trees were uprooted and other were severely damaged. one week after this storm, another one, but not so impressive (everything was just yellow and orange), hit us. maybe i will upload a shot from this second storm. too

90 responses

  • stephanie

    stephanie said (8 Aug 2007):

    This is a great capture. The approaching storm and eerie lighting really make the shot. I would find it perfect if the branch on the left were cropped out of the image.

  • Marcus Hammerschmitt

    Marcus Hammerschmitt   said (8 Aug 2007):

    Never witnessed an actual sand storm, but I dreamt up one to look quite like this for my latest novel. Great shot.

  • Rocco Palermo

    Rocco Palermo said (10 Aug 2007):

    @ Jeff Bryson: I cleaned my sensor two times after this series of photos
    @stephanie: good idea, i'm going to cut the branch on the left.
    Thanks to all for comments

  • Nick Edens

    Nick Edens said (21 Aug 2007):

    I really like how the storm invokes a bit of fear but it really looks like the people in the photo aren't worried at all. Its a great mixed emotion. Nicely done.

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (25 Aug 2007):

    Beautiful and unique image! You have my enthusiastic "It Rocks".

  • Teresa Nabais

    Teresa Nabais said (18 Sep 2007):

    This is an amazing photo. I would love to witness a sand storm as beautiful as this one.

  • Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid

    Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2007):

    Wow! Intense, awesome shot.

  • sam mohan

    sam mohan said (17 Jan 2008):

    presence of mind leads to great timing and it gives me great pleasure to witness such a wonderful image.

  • Bonnie Blanton

    Bonnie Blanton (Deleted) gave props (11 Sep 2008):

    Wow, almost surreal!

  • Rebecca Winters

    Rebecca Winters said (13 Oct 2008):

    unbelievable! one of the bravest captures I have seen in a long time-

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (16 Oct 2008):

    This is something we don't see in our neck of the woods, amazing shot...

  • TrapperMom

    TrapperMom gave props (16 Oct 2008):

    Boggles the mind. Great shot

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (17 Oct 2008):

    Now that´s severe ! Great 1. This foto is certainly another 1 for the JPG annals on severe weather.

  • Bess Hudson

    Bess Hudson gave props (17 Oct 2008):

    Holy mother of-- That's severe, that is. Words fail me.

  • Thomas Hartmann

    Thomas Hartmann said (17 Oct 2008):

    wow, where to hide?

  • Roberts Birze

    Roberts Birze gave props (18 Oct 2008):

    Far out!

  • LaShawna Jones

    LaShawna Jones gave props (19 Oct 2008):

    FANTASTIC, REAL CAPTURE!! Got my vote!

  • Michel González Brun

    Michel González Brun said (22 Oct 2008):

    I lived in Syria but never actually witnessed a storm there... Seems like a very unique experience and you got a great shot out of it!

  • Christopher Long

    Christopher Long gave props (22 Oct 2008):

    Great capture!

  • Scott Derryberry

    Scott Derryberry gave props (22 Oct 2008):

    my favorite severe weather pic yet!! got my vote!

  • Michelle Mogavero

    Michelle Mogavero gave props (22 Oct 2008):

    Great photojournalism.

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (24 Oct 2008):

    AMAZING and scary!

  • Terry Hamilton

    Terry Hamilton gave props (3 Nov 2008):

    Great! ;-)

  • Martin Brown

    Martin Brown gave props (4 Nov 2008):

    Amazing drama, well caught!

  • Delores Harshaw

    Delores Harshaw (Deleted) gave props (5 Nov 2008):

    AWESOME photo. I will be disappointed if it doesnt make this issue. My vote!

  • Vanessa Kubach

    Vanessa Kubach (Deleted) gave props (6 Nov 2008):

    this is AWESOME

  • Rocco Palermo

    Rocco Palermo said (6 Nov 2008):

    Thanks to everybody for all the comments

  • Nora Kubach

    Nora Kubach (Deleted) gave props (6 Nov 2008):

    The best one I've seen!!!!! amazing shot!

  • Giovanni Mannara'

    Giovanni Mannara' said (7 Nov 2008):

    bella Rocco, molto bella. bisogna anche avere il culo di trovarcisi, eh? ;D

  • Rocco Palermo

    Rocco Palermo gave props (7 Nov 2008):

    Eh si un pò di culo per foto così ci vuole. ciao e grazie

  • Alison Grippo

    Alison Grippo gave props (8 Nov 2008):

    fabulous: voted

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour gave props (9 Nov 2008):

    such a fascinating capture!

  • Chris O'Shana

    Chris O'Shana gave props (13 Nov 2008):

    WHAT A HABOOB!!!!!!

  • Liz Van Den Berg

    Liz Van Den Berg gave props (14 Nov 2008):

    incredible capture! This is the kind of intensity and drama of possible danger that epitomises this theme. got my vote

  • Cathi Weber

    Cathi Weber gave props (14 Nov 2008):

    Wow, this is way cool. What a great capture.

  • Wiktor Figiel

    Wiktor Figiel (Deleted) gave props (14 Nov 2008):

    a m a z i n g s h o t !!!

  • Douglas Jessup

    Douglas Jessup (Deleted) gave props (14 Nov 2008):

    wow! that is wild dude

  • carla broekhuizen

    carla broekhuizen said (15 Nov 2008):


  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (16 Nov 2008):

    WONDERFUL! My vote

  • Massimo Fiorentino

    Massimo Fiorentino gave props (17 Nov 2008):


  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (17 Nov 2008):

    Hell yeah! It rocks!

  • Daniela V

    Daniela V gave props (17 Nov 2008):

    outstanding! for me the best shot that I have seen for this theme. very dramatic and severe view, and I love the colours and clearness of this shot. I vote yeahhh and favorite!

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (18 Nov 2008):

    wow, yeah !!!!

  • Vicenç !!!

    Vicenç !!! gave props (19 Nov 2008):

    great, my vote!

  • day tripper

    day tripper said (19 Nov 2008):

    wow amaxing capture! voted!!

  • Scott Eagle

    Scott Eagle gave props (19 Nov 2008):

    Wow, this is the first weather one that has really wowed me, excellent!!!

  • Madelyn Kime

    Madelyn Kime (Deleted) said (20 Nov 2008):

    This is fantastic,

  • JM

    JM said (20 Nov 2008):

    I would scream hysterically if I was standing there when that happened.

  • Sherry

    Sherry gave props (21 Nov 2008):

    I think your going to win this one! I vote Yes ^-^

  • Rhys Telfer

    Rhys Telfer said (22 Nov 2008):

    superb mate. certainly has my vote. what more could a person possible want in this catergory!?!?

  • Rocco Palermo

    Rocco Palermo said (22 Nov 2008):

    Thanks to everybody for votes, props and comments!!!

  • Cherisse Garcia

    Cherisse Garcia gave props (22 Nov 2008):

    Very nice!!!

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (23 Nov 2008):

    a cool shot! yes from me.

  • Luke Braun

    Luke Braun gave props (23 Nov 2008):

    Great capture!

  • andrej filev

    andrej filev gave props (24 Nov 2008):


  • Janice Mezzacappa

    Janice Mezzacappa (Deleted) gave props (25 Nov 2008):

    Superb shot!

  • Himiona Grace

    Himiona Grace said (25 Nov 2008):

    I dream of photographing things like this. just amazing. . voted

  • Jaime Andres Frías Gutiérrez

    Jaime Andres Frías Gutiérrez said (25 Nov 2008):

    Pero que excelente foto, saludos

  • Lee Thomas

    Lee Thomas said (25 Nov 2008):

    Wow! Rocco ! you are a god!

  • Rocco Palermo

    Rocco Palermo said (25 Nov 2008):

    no, it's too much for me (thanks anyway). it was just right moment in right place

  • Martie Last

    Martie Last gave props (25 Nov 2008):

    This looks terrifying! Great quick thinking! "Yeah!"

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (26 Nov 2008):

    wow! what a site to behold - let alone capture! wonderful entry

  • j. alexander mesina

    j. alexander mesina gave props (26 Nov 2008):

    i don't use this word a ton, but this shot is amazing.

  • Mal Stewart

    Mal Stewart gave props (26 Nov 2008): bet it is.

  • L. McGowan

    L. McGowan gave props (26 Nov 2008):

    This is amazing. you have my vote

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (27 Nov 2008):

    This is something you don't see every day (at least, not around here). With so little time to prepare for this capture, you did an expert job. This is fascinating. Great composition and clarity.

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) said (27 Nov 2008):

    Voted yeah

  • Bostjan Kosir

    Bostjan Kosir gave props (30 Nov 2008):

    Excellent photograph. It has all the elemnts of a great photo (especially for this theme). Voted Yeah!

  • Matt Granz

    Matt Granz gave props (1 Dec 2008):

    Fantastic recounting of what happened and a great photo too!

  • gerry cyr

    gerry cyr gave props (2 Dec 2008):

    really outstanding

  • Laurent Chantegros

    Laurent Chantegros gave props (6 Dec 2008):

    excellent shot, you have my vote

  • Mike Alex

    Mike Alex said (15 Jan 2009):

    wow....once in a lifetime capture. very nice!!

  • Joel MacPherson

    Joel MacPherson gave props (10 Feb 2009):

    what a shot!! amazing job!

  • missy corrales

    missy corrales gave props (10 Mar 2009):

    amazing! hope you didn't damage the gear!

  • Sarah Pagano

    Sarah Pagano (Deleted) said (1 Jul 2009):

    Severe Weather is a good theme. Or anticipation? I see the pending storm and my gut turns for those poor people.

  • Thomas Wiederhold

    Thomas Wiederhold said (18 Sep 2009):


  • Desiree Adams

    Desiree Adams gave props (18 Sep 2009):

    This has the AHHHH factor Brava!

  • Alya Al Dhaheri

    Alya Al Dhaheri gave props (19 Sep 2009):

    Amazing capture!!! Did anything happen to thier sheeps and goats?

  • Rocco Palermo

    Rocco Palermo said (19 Sep 2009):

    Actually i don't know but i think that all the sheeps were rescued before.

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (28 Oct 2009):

    congrats on a well deserved publishing !

  • Enjie Christina

    Enjie Christina gave props (24 Dec 2009):

    Wow awsome photo!

  • Hardidjan

    Hardidjan gave props (7 Jan 2010):

    great shot

  • Adam Putnam

    Adam Putnam (Deleted) gave props (20 Jan 2010):


  • Sandi Marasco

    Sandi Marasco said (23 Feb 2010):

    Incredible capture!

  • Scot Zawada

    Scot Zawada (Deleted) gave props (11 Jul 2010):

    This is a powerful shot!

  • Francesco Sisso

    Francesco Sisso gave props (5 Aug 2010):

    Amazing shot!

  • Ope O

    Ope O gave props (8 Feb 2011):

    brilliant shot

  • The Man Who Isn't There

    The Man Who Isn't There (Deleted) gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    Great capture!

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