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Photographer Perfectly Captures a Breathtaking Snap of a Microburst over Arizona

This looks very dangerous, but incredibly stunning.

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A photographer named Jerry Ferguson was in a perfect moment and time as he impeccably captured a breathtaking snap of a microburst forming above Phoenix, Arizona. Might be too dangerous, but he spotted this natural phenomenon while in a duty.

Ferguson was currently shooting footages for a local television network while riding a news helicopter, when he noticed the formation of a gigantic mushroom-shaped cloud. The figure transpired as a microburst, a small downdraft that moves in a way opposite of a tornado and found only in strong thunderstorms.

Meteorology specialists explained that microburst is tremendously dangerous and often comes with strong winds that have the ability to hit down full-grown trees and wind shear, a difference in wind speed, that can cause air crashes.

We spotted this microburst as we were covering a dust storm near Phoenix and I instantly thought the same thing as everyone else, ‘it looks like an atom-bomb just detonated over Phoenix.’

This is the microburst that Ferguson compared to a detonated atom-bomb

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Our Robinson R44 Newscopter is just a really tall, really expensive tripod.

Capturing a natural phenomenon is not an easy work. Hence, his unbelievable photograph is a product of teamwork between Ferguson and his pilot, Andrew Park.

That time, Ferguson handles taking pictures, communicating, and maneuvering the flying tripod. Park, on the other hand, is busy “wrestling a mechanical bull 800 feet above ground” amidst the strong winds the storm brings.

A clearer shot of the microburst

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The chopper vibrates a lot and I shoot handheld. I also often shoot in low light, so I use wide aperture, image stabilized lenses and set my camera on shutter priority with the highest shutter speed I can manage (usually around 1/400) to eliminate vibration blur.

Ferguson is using a Canon D5 Mark III and a combination of different lenses, like Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 VR and a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS II.

I shoot to the right, bracket, and rattle off a lot of exposures to make sure I have at least one keeper from each scene. I’ll also often shoot bracketed HDR panoramas because we shoot in such dynamic lighting situations.

(H/T: Petapixel)

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Weird Underground Bubbles Are All Over This Island In Siberia

Scientists on Belyy Island, Siberia, are trying to find out why there are parts of the ground that seem to be bubbling up.

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Weird Underground Bubbles Are All Over This Island In Siberia

The Siberian Times recently released a video that shows some strange things in Siberia's Belyy Island. The video features Russian scientists Alexander Sokolov and Dorothee Ehrich exploring the island. However, they stop when they encounter a patch of grass that seems to be protruding from the ground.

When Sokolov and Ehrich are shocked when they step on the patch of grass. The ground underneath it seems to be moving. Its effect is described as "like a trampoline." In the video, Sokolov is shown repeatedly stepping on the spot. It appears to be bouncing back from the force of his foot.

At first, the bouncy patch shocked the Russian scientists.

Weird Underground Bubbles Are All Over This Island In Siberia

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Girl With a Snake Phobia Agrees to a Snake Massage with Burmese Pythons

If you were afraid of snakes, would you dare to be massaged by 4 18-foot Burmese pythons? That’s what one brave girl from the Philippines did!

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Fear is the mind's natural reaction to potential threats. People fear heights because falling could kill them. They fear lightning because it's not exactly pleasant to get struck. They fear wild animals because being mauled by a bear or attacked by a shark would most likely leave them dead (unless they're Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant).

One way to conquer fear, according to many therapists, is to face it head-on. Which is exactly what this young 19 year-old girl from the Philippines did.

Sunshine has always been afraid of snakes.

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17 Shocking Ways You Could Actually Get Pregnant

Is avoiding pregnancy as easy as using condoms and going on the pill? A doctor at Yale University says not!

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1. Using force to open condoms.

1. Using force to open condoms.
Teeth, scissors, or a razor blade. Keep those away from condoms as they can accidentally puncture the condoms without you knowing. Those notches in the packaging are there for a reason!

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