Lightning Storm With Reflection, Grand Teton

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    This shot was taken from the eye of a lightning storm on a late August afternoon in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park. We had started a walk around Two Ocean lake to the north of the spot, when growing wind and the ill omen of a writhing snake's nest, convinced us to turn around. It proved a wise decision, with wind rising to a gale, rain turning to hail and lightning bursting from the sky.

    On the drive back to the National Park HQ, we into what appeared to be an eye. Pulling up at the river bank, lightning was still flashing to the north, west and south-east.

    Free from the wind and rain I got as many photos as possible away. Without tripod and with difficult light in a brief pause I didn't acquit myself as well as the opportunity deserved, but do like this dark image with the lightning reflected in the grey river. It's my first lightning capture and hopefully a picture worth sharing.

    PULITE, sgdbutler, akeblo, and 24 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Blackfoot Scout 44 months ago | reply

      What a great picture, I really love thunder storms.

    2. johnchamilton 43 months ago | reply

      Really cool, and good decision heading in.

    3. Tina♫ 43 months ago | reply

      Beautiful perspective, great details.
      Thank you so very for your stopping by.

    4. livin the dream* 43 months ago | reply

      fantastic capture ~ very dramatic ! :-))

    5. +30 Alexis 43 months ago | reply

      It is beyond perfection....
      Catching a lightning not an easy task....
      Congratulations for the photo and the nice story that follows!!!

    6. daniel_gafanhoto 43 months ago | reply

      Pretty cool capture!

    7. l.gallier 42 months ago | reply

      This is so beautiful! I can feel the late afternoon, summer experience, in such a magical place, through this image

    8. nepalbaba 42 months ago | reply

      Beautiful place well captured ! Great timing !
      Ciao :-)

    9. Nicole Bechaz 42 months ago | reply

      Beautiful photo!

    10. Donald Tedrow 42 months ago | reply

      At the end of the lighting bolt in the absence of a rainbow. I love high mountain showers they are sometimes electrifying. You have twice skillfully captured that nicely; in the sky and in reflection, brilliant.

    11. Pablo Suárez - Buenos Aires 41 months ago | reply

      I'm not too keen on landscape photography (nature has never struck me as something interesting) but this one photo, regardless of how simple it is, goes further than most landscape photos for it's not so much about "the landscape" (as depicted in a postcard) but about "the atmosphere" of the place, about what the place conveys (which is something you cannot see but you can feel) To me, it conveys some kind of repressed turmoil ready to burst out any moment ....That and melancholy......

    12. Laureos 40 months ago | reply

      Brilliant. Perfect timing, perfect landscape wonderfully revealed. I wish I had done this one... This is the kind of landscape I really love.

    13. corinne.schwarz 36 months ago | reply

      I've yet to get a lightning capture... I think this shot is amazing. So many beautiful elements.

    14. Andy Watson1 34 months ago | reply

      Awesome mood to this one! Love the mountains in the background!

    15. Photo--Graphy [deleted] 32 months ago | reply

      Wonderfull !

    16. ~suchitra~ 32 months ago | reply

      Amazing tones & view!!! Wonderful image & capture., Thank you so much for all the encouraging words & lovely comments.So nice of you to patiently share your thoughts.. Like tonic to me!! Best regards friend, Have a wonderful day!!

    17. some_stuff 18 months ago | reply

      holy crap, perfect timing

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