Lightning Crashes

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Captured a lightning bolt striking The Center building tonight at around 6:45PM from my bedroom window in Mid-Levels, Hong Kong. 10 second exposure.

Published in the morning edition of The Standard on September 14, 2009. Page 6.
Published on the front page of South China Morning Post on 09/15/2009!

Explored on 09/13/2009 Thanks all!

Published by Big Picture as one of the 50 images featured from the 2010 National Geographic Photography Contest.

Published in Hoerzu Magazine in Germany.

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This was one of the frames used in my time lapse shots of the typhoon. Please note the lightning striking at around 20 second mark:

Free Wallpaper for personal use can be downloaded from the National Geographic site below:

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  1. Clémentyne [deleted] 47 months ago | reply

    Amazing capture!

  2. Flight Of Littlewing 44 months ago | reply

    Wow! What an incredible capture! Stunning.

  3. Swedish Goose 44 months ago | reply

    Fantastic nightshot of Hong Kong with spectacular lightning...........

  4. Jason McGorty 43 months ago | reply

    The world Is exploding. O, and this photo needs more comments.

  5. Reuben Wu 43 months ago | reply

    Photoshop is a great thing.

  6. HK Buckeye 43 months ago | reply

    Yes Reuben, Photoshop is a great thing, although I fail to see what your comment has to do with the image? If you're implying the lightning bolt was phptoshopped then I'm sorry to say you're mistaken. I can assure you that publications like National Geographic and numerous syndicated news media around the world would not have published this image unless they validated it's authenticity. I shoot in RAW format and always retain my originals. Furthermore, if you had any experience with image manipulation, you would be able to tell that this image was not significantly altered ( with exception of hard contrast, sharpening and saturation). If I was going to create a graphic design, I would sure as hell hope that I could make it look much better than this!

  7. Profe218 39 months ago | reply

    Amazing shot!

  8. jko96797 37 months ago | reply powerful! Aloha!

  9. Leanne Sercombe 35 months ago | reply

    And there was me pleased with my shot from a couple of nights ago! Well done ;-)


  10. marcusbentus 35 months ago | reply

    Futuristic looks like something out of Blade Runner

  11. Mike@Home 35 months ago | reply

    Very Blade Runner.

  12. kentsang66 33 months ago | reply

    Woh! this is crazy!

  13. alphanut 32 months ago | reply

    Holy smokes!... Awesome!!

  14. Arn_Thor 23 months ago | reply


  15. DIETH.EU 19 months ago | reply

    Amazing Shot! Great work!!

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