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The big lightning storm that had slammed into lower Manhattan was now moving across the East River and into Brooklyn. I ran to a vantage point of the bridge, and set up quickly so as not to miss this rare opportunity. It was a natural fireworks display just a couple of weeks after the Brooklyn Bridge's anniversary pyrotechnic display.

I stood on the Manhattan side of the East River, which remained eerily calm, shooting continuously for the next 15 minutes. My camera was getting hot to the touch. I couldn't stop to check exposures, framing or even focus, as if I did, I knew I'd miss the most perfect lightning during those precious seconds! As it was, I missed a disturbing number of the best lightning bolts, which perversely kept exploding during the milliseconds between shutter releases. So I drew on all I have learned from previous night photography, and just kept going nonstop without checking what I was shooting, hoping for the best.

Finally the show wound down, and I went off to meet my wife. She hadn't heard the thunder, old New York buildings have thick walls!

The next morning I got up early and sold usage rights for this one to the Daily News, where it ran as a color spread in their Tuesday edition.

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  1. Paul-Whittingham 89 months ago | reply

    fantastic shot,. Doesn't get any better than this.

  2. Apostrophe' 88 months ago | reply


  3. Nick Bryan [deleted] 88 months ago | reply

    beyond words!

  4. SheehanPhotos 87 months ago | reply

    One of my all time favorite photos! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. HorsesItch 86 months ago | reply

    Fantastic photo - I wish I had taken it!

  6. ReadyAimClick 86 months ago | reply

    Impressive, and very cool!! Congrats!

  7. Fabrizio Fenoglio Photography 83 months ago | reply

    Incredible!!! Fantastic! Amazing!

  8. SheilaMink 83 months ago | reply

    The shapes are amazing! A verrry interesting picture!

  9. dStaud 76 months ago | reply

    What timing! Very nice.

  10. Matt Grans Photography 62 months ago | reply

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  11. Mike_t_by_the_sea 62 months ago | reply

    the wings of the bridge is the best spot to take pictures from
    excellent captured!

  12. sapereaude_ 61 months ago | reply

    Stunningly beautiful!

  13. sekhar_sasanka 46 months ago | reply

    Wonderful shot.

  14. sungod22 44 months ago | reply

    Great shot
    lovely reflection as well

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