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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 11/20/2008

Weather Gang Photo Contest Top 10 Picks

By Ann Posegate

Creative snapshots of the sky

* CWG's Winter Outlook and Q&A Transcript | Full Forecast *

Photo contest top 10 pick. By Bennett Lipscomb. Taken from Mt. Pleasant on June 7, 2008.

Our skies are constantly showing us the world of weather; all it takes is one click in the right direction at the right time to capture their creativity. As suspected, there are many never-before-seen images of amazing D.C. area weather sitting in computers and albums across the region, just waiting for some time in the public eye.

Thank you to all who entered our photo contest. Many of the pictures we received displayed colorful, unique and awe-inspiring views. We looked at how well they showed patterns and textures, rare and exceptional clouds, and optical effects, in addition to their overall "wow factor."

Keep reading for the rest of CWG's top 10 photo picks. Also, see these photos on our new users photo gallery, and contribute your own.

By David Abbou. Taken from Stafford, Va., on Sept. 28, 2006.

By Christine Ruffo. Taken from Washington, D.C., on Nov. 8, 2008.

By Jack Toomey. Taken from Harpers Ferry, W.V., in April 2008.

By Mark Valentini. Taken from Washington, D.C., in November 2007.

By Rob Ringle. Taken from Braddock Heights, Md., on Oct. 13, 2008.

By Parker Moore. Taken from Washington, D.C., on May 21, 2008.

By Susan Rabinowitz. Taken from Alexandria, Va., on April 3, 2006.

By Susan Rabinowitz. Taken from James City County, Va., on May 26, 2006.

By Jon Peters. Taken from Leesburg, Va., on March 21, 2008.

And one more for good luck, taken by me on my cell phone...

By Ann Posegate. Taken from the SW Waterfront in Washington, D.C., on April 12, 2006.

By Ann Posegate  | November 20, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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excellent pictures! i'm just starting to get into photography, and i'm looking at a camera this winter. any tips anyone?

Posted by: tengoalyrunr30 | November 20, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

tengoalyrunr30--Pentax K2000 is a good beginner SLR, pretty easy to use. Also K200 model is just as good. Canon Rebel series also good beginner camera. You're looking to spend roughly $700-$800 for body and 18-55mm lens and basic accessories. Good luck.

Posted by: valentinimark | November 20, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Some of those pictures look like there is a portal opening up in the sky. How did that rectangle get there in the photo by Rob Ringle? Crazy!

Also, Ann what kind of cell phone do you have? That picture is great for a phone!

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | November 20, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Get a digital camera and take it everywhere you go, that way you can take lots of pics. Lots and lots. The way to become a good photographer is to take lots of pictures.

Get a low-end DSLR (around $600 or so) that lets you set f-stop and shutter speed.

Posted by: wiredog | November 20, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

thanks for the advice! i'm going to start looking around christmastime, and i'll definitely use these tips

Posted by: tengoalyrunr30 | November 20, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm a big fan of Nikon and have always thought their lower-end DSLRs were great buys for the money, partially because they come with lenses that are easily worth 1/2 to 2/3 of the price of the complete camera/lens kit.

Posted by: paul-Sterling | November 20, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse


Rob Ringle's photo shows a hole punch cloud, which is a very rare but amazing phenomenon. Click here for more info about how they form. Here's another great photo of one taken by my former coworker on Mount Washington...truly amazing and hard to believe.

As far as my cell phone, it's a Motorola flip-phone that I've had for a few years - nothing fancy, though its photos are fairly high res for a cell phone. This is a particularly sharp shot, and for some reason it came out great. I was working on a boat at the time, and captured the image from the dock when the colors were the most brilliant.

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | November 20, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

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