Fake or Not?

Several years ago I ran across this photo of a tornado touching down near Simla, Colorado.  I really was motivated to get a copy as I was born in Simla and love storm/weather photography.  Turns out this was shot by James Smart, an Australian who came to the Western US to try his hand at storm photography.  I purchased a print and it hangs very prominently in our living room.  Over the years I’ve had this nagging thought that it might be fake.   I didn’t realize that it was one of the National Geographic’s Photo of the year for 2015.  This suggests that it probably not fake as these days entries and winners especially come in for extra scrutiny looking for fakes, stolen images, etc.  So now I’m back to thinking it’s the genuine article !

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