Thunderstorm over Beirut (2008-10-27_EOS 40D_100-0864-086)

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    We had a rare thunderstorm in Lebanon yesterday night and I took some shots.

    This one is take from “Ain Saade”, a village about 600meters above sea level from my balcony. The city that you can see is Beirut, Lebanon’s capital.

    My camera was secured on a tripod and each exposure was about 25 to 30seconds with white balance set to tungsten to compensate for light pollution of the city.

    This one is a combination of 3 shots each having 1 to 3 bolts in different places and merged in Photoshop. After that mainly S-curves to increase contrast.

    If interested you can check this tutorial for tips about thunder photography.

    MCN: CA0C4-572C1-B422A

    Thank you all for your comments and favs this one went to explore! You rock

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    1. mellowhummer 78 months ago | reply

      Loving this one. Fantastic work.

    2. rivadock4 78 months ago | reply

      Excellent work. That is one steady tripod.

    3. lisaluonoceanave 78 months ago | reply

      this is awesome!!!!
      i haven't shot lightening in a while,
      but this inspires me to run outside during the next thunderstorm!!!!!

    4. Phoenicio 78 months ago | reply

      oh mine!!! what if there was a boat in the sea , it would be grilled !!!!
      amazing moment !
      wonderful light in beirut, my city of lights :)

    5. ilosey 78 months ago | reply

      I can't believe my eyes! this shot is amazing!

    6. Cat Cheong [taking a break] 78 months ago | reply

      This is a National Geographic type shot, you should send it in,
      this shot is soo good !

    7. indahs 77 months ago | reply

      amazing shot! I wonder how they sounded..

    8. Devin Kho 77 months ago | reply

      This is surely an amazing shot, masterpiece.

    9. Kannan Kartha 76 months ago | reply

      Stunning visual ...

    10. digitalpsam 71 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Lebanese Dreamers (Post1 Award1), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      You are definitely a Lebanese dreamer! Please post it in
      Lebanese Dreamers


    11. Bechara Baroudi Gallery 71 months ago | reply

      only in lebanon , amazing!!!!!!

    12. Nate Kay 70 months ago | reply

      Great shot! Featured in Lightning Pictures.

    13. iman1964 62 months ago | reply

      awesome shot

    14. The Dark Free Soul 59 months ago | reply

      This is damn crazy terrific and super cool!!

    15. Michal Sleczek 59 months ago | reply

      wow this is totally amazing picture !

    16. Kuzeytac 59 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Extreme Sky, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Now That's Extreme!!
      We will be happy to have this in...
      The Extreme Sky Group.
      -- ( ?² )

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