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Lightning Strike in Texas City | by OneEighteen
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Lightning Strike in Texas City

Taken during a lightning storm on my last watch.


Houston shares the entrance to Galveston Bay with the ports of Galveston and Texas City who have their own pilot association. The ship off the port bow is a large tanker going up to Texas City.


There will be questions...


I put the camera in the center window of the bridge on a stack of books (what will we do to elevate cameras 6 inches when everyone has Kindles? I don't care how many books are in the damn thing it's still less than an inch high) and set it to take photos automatically.


It's a 30 second exposure at f/5.6 and ISO 200. The red dots on the right are flashes of the red buoy (sailors will know right away if I'm inbound or outbound). The buoy flashes once per second. The lightning bolt struck between 8 and 9 seconds into the exposure and illuminated the buoy and water - that's why it appears in the middle of the flashes.


The white streaks trailing the ship ahead of me are the lights of the Bolivar Ferry which was crossing between the two ships.

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Taken on July 25, 2010