Lightning, Morro Bay

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I had originally not anticipated shooting lightning, because locally it is often so ephemeral. But while at the marina, it contiinued. So I quickly tried to think of where I could get an angle at which the lightning would reflect off the bay, and headed to the Morro Bay Natural History Museum. I took some long exposures to hopefully catch a flash of lightning and, while I expected the lightning reflections, the effects in the clouds were more than I expected. CS5 helped with the noise. Morro Bay, CA

As I add this to a "most interesting" group, I add this note:
This photo has been at the top of my "interesting" list since it made the flickr Explore page and I have gotten responses from around the world. I assume the allure is the combination of lightning (with its attendant energy/electricity), landscape and reflection in a relatively uncluttered composition--at least that's what it is for me.

mikebaird, CP68-73, Donald Quintana, and 289 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. jkirkhart35 54 months ago | reply

    I thought I had commented on this masterpiece, Marlin, but I guess I did not hit the post comment tab. With 113 comments by now you know how excellent this photo is. Special congrats on getting so high in explore too. I do not quite know how they choose this honor, but when I see photos like yours, they are right on! How exciting to be there. What a capture! Congrats!

  2. Elizabeth Haslam 54 months ago | reply

    Found this on flickriver most interesting. Had to go a distance to find this amazing photo. Lots of good photogs on Central Coast. This is spectacular.

  3. tallawah75 54 months ago | reply

    great shot with a spooky mood..

  4. Flash Man John [deleted] 54 months ago | reply

    Very awesome capture Marlin WOW!

  5. Aperture Annie 51 months ago | reply

    Marlin, I know I am very late to the Flickr party, but I just had to comment on this absolutely amazing image. I had seen it before, but could not comment as I had not yet joined. This is truly magical and one of my very favorites. Great processing, too. A thousand stars to you!

  6. Jeff Rose Photography 48 months ago | reply

    Absolutely amazing! Perfectly exposed! Stunning! Fave! Fave! Fave!

  7. flygrl67 46 months ago | reply

    WOW!!! Now that's HOT stuff!

  8. breakbeatbilly 40 months ago | reply

    damnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

  9. CamerOB-photography 32 months ago | reply

    This is superb and outstanding !
    My compliments for this wonderful picture !

  10. Justabird2 (more off then on :) 25 months ago | reply

    This is spectacular, Marlin! Love everything about it. That lightning, with the reflection, is magnificent! The color and composition is so pleasing to the eyes. A truly magical moment to capture!! Well done, YOU!! ;) angie from FL (ADM)

    Hi! I'm Angie, an ADM for HCG Professional Art Gallery. Please consider posting this marvelous work to our Gallery. Your time and consideration is much appreciated! angie from FL (ADM)

    This stamp of approval signifies that this picture has attained "the" designated professional standards for admission to HCG_Progallery, and has been personally gauged & ACCEPTED for the "Gallery Area". This work of yours is truly wonderful and very beautiful. Congratulations. - Angie from FL (ADM)

    P.S. If this is an invitation to "HCG_Progallery", then an administrative invite will accompany this Stamp of Approval (look beneath your photo). Thanks again.

    HCG approval by Justabird2

  11. Howard Brodsky 13 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous shot
    Your work is an example of what the BEST is! Congratulations! Would you honour us by posting it to Flicker's Chosen Few as your work represents magnificence. If you look at the level of art that resides in the FCF Gallery, you know this masterpiece belongs there.
    PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU POST THIS PICTURE, IT IS ALSO INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN MARCH'S (OR FUTURE PARTICIPATION) FOR THE "PEOPLES AWARD CONTEST" FOR "FCF". Please see The Contest Discussion Topic for more information.
    *** Your photo has been given an admin invite directly below the picture. ***


    PRESTIGIOUS DISTINCTION!
    Your incredible work represents the FINEST on Flickr. It is a statement of photographic excellence for it to reside in Flickr's Chosen Few.
    Congratulations! ~ HOWARD BRODSKY

  12. mareblu2013 8 months ago | reply

    great capture!! well done

  13. ClaudiB. 3 weeks ago | reply

    This is superb and outstanding ! Fantastic shot

  14. ClaudiB. 3 weeks ago | reply


    PRESTIGIOUS DISTINCTION!
    Your incredible work represents the FINEST on Flickr. It is a statement of photographic excellence for it to reside in Flickr's Chosen Few. Congratulations!

  15. Pat McAtee - Maine 3 weeks ago | reply


    PRESTIGIOUS DISTINCTION!
    Your incredible work represents the FINEST on Flickr. It is a statement of photographic excellence for it to reside in Flickr's Chosen Few. Congratulations!

  16. Howard Brodsky 3 weeks ago | reply

    HI THERE MY TALENTED FRIEND …...I am Howard, and I represent 1/2 of the Administration of FCF. I speak for "DM"
    www.flickr.com/photos/drgnmastr/ (my co- administrator who represents the other 1/2 of this project) in stamping and acknowledging your picture one last time ....Please read...

    TO BE ACCEPTED TO THE FCF GALLERY... YOUR WORK IS THE BEST ON FLICKR. FURTHER: IF YOU TAKE AN HONEST LOOK AT FCF'S GALLERY….... "FCF" CHOOSES ONLY THE FINEST.

    "THIS" IS A SIMPLE SINGLE AWARD...A FINAL STAMP FROM MANAGEMENT, ACKNOWLEDGING THAT YOUR WORK IS SIMPLY " "THE BEST" SHOWN ON FLICKR.

    PLEASE KNOW WE ARE NOT GOING TO STAMP YOUR PICTURE 100''S OF REDUNDANT TIMES LOLOLOLOLO…. :-D THAT IS NOT WHAT "FCF" IS ABOUT ……..AS WE ARE A "NO NONSENSE "PROFESSIONAL GALLERY AND IS RUN AT A RESPONSIBLE, SERIOUS LEVEL.

    THE FACT YOUR IMAGE MADE INTO "THE" GALLERY OF GALLERY'S "IS" THE BRAG AND IS THE "PROOF" THAT YOUR PROFICIENCY IS BETTER THAN 95% OF ARTISTS ON FLICKR …..THAT IS WHAT FCF IS ALL ABOUT….NOTHING MORE …NOTHING LESS.

    THANK YOU ONCE MORE FOR SETTING A STANDARD WITH YOUR IMAGE THAT IMPRESSES ….GOOD FOR YOU AND LUCKY FOR US AT "FCF" AS YOU HAVE MADE US PRECEDENT SETTING IN THE STANDARD OF ACCEPTANCE ……..THANK YOU… DM & HOWARD.

  17. skagitrenee 3 weeks ago | reply

    PRESTIGIOUS DISTINCTION!
    Congratulations! for being in Flickr's Chosen Few.
    I enjoyed viewing your picture.

  18. ~~Sunsi~~ 3 weeks ago | reply


    PRESTIGIOUS DISTINCTION!
    Your incredible work represents the FINEST on Flickr. It is a statement of photographic excellence for it to reside in Flickr's Chosen Few. Congratulations!

  19. Mario Houben | Photography 3 weeks ago | reply


    PRESTIGIOUS DISTINCTION!
    Your incredible work represents the FINEST on Flickr. It is a statement of photographic excellence for it to reside in Flickr's Chosen Few. Congratulations!

  20. Hedi-Alana 3 weeks ago | reply


    PRESTIGIOUS DISTINCTION!
    Your incredible work represents the FINEST on Flickr. It is a statement of photographic excellence for it to reside in Flickr's Chosen Few. Congratulations!

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