Lightning Crashes

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    Lightning coming down over the suburbs of Canberra as viewed from my balcony. This was a magnificant strike, if only the tree were not in the way :)

    -Kerryn-, andygeek, gpod, and 30 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Eric & Cynthia 112 months ago | reply

      Nature power. Fantastic.

    2. 109 months ago | reply

      for how long did you waited to capture this one. how long did you keep the shutter open 15sec or ?? by the way i love the flickering capture

    3. ~Prescott 109 months ago | reply

      This exposure was about 20 seconds. It's really just the luck of the draw, I've been out to try and catch lightning a few times but often the rain around is too heavy to get a clear shot like this.

    4. _Jezza_ 107 months ago | reply

      This is awsome!!!

    5. Xenedis 106 months ago | reply

      Nice. I must try that one day...

    6. Dale73 105 months ago | reply

      Great capture! Do you have this blown up as a big poster?!!! (Found in the Australian Interestingness group)

    7. ~Prescott 105 months ago | reply

      Yes, I'd thought of that, but no where to hang pics in my house!

    8. Tеоn 104 months ago | reply


      Just found this one - I'm lost for words!

      Seen in your Your Faves set. (?)

    9. geoffconet [deleted] 103 months ago | reply

      Very very cool :-)

      So the general idea is to just open the shutter for a while during a storm and hopefully there'll be a lightning bolt in frame while it's open?

    10. ~Prescott 103 months ago | reply

      Yep, that's the idea geoff. It's quite tricky though, often in Canberra the rain in a thunderstorm is so heavy you can't see clearly to the horizon. In this case, the storm skirted the ACT north of the border and I was able to get some great strikes as the sky was clear. I think this night I'd taken 60-70 shots, and got maybe 5 usable ones out of them - thank god for digital cameras :)

    11. .mark 103 months ago | reply

      That is one shot which does NOT need more cowbell!

    12. apurdam (Andrew) 103 months ago | reply

      Congratulations Prescott. You are the winner of the ACT October - 2nd half competition.
      Please add it to the October National Comp (Australia) thread.

    13. apurdam (Andrew) 103 months ago | reply

      Holy god that's a good photo! And I didn't even give it one of my votes!

    14. Gethin Hill 100 months ago | reply

      wow awesome... nicely captured!!! well done..
      one day i'll manage to capture some lightning on camera!

    15. mandolin davis 99 months ago | reply

      Whoa! i wish we had lightning storms like that here in hawaii.....!

    16. onetonshadow 99 months ago | reply

      that's an incredible shot, i like the tree to be honest, the contrast is cool. you should put some stuff up on then other people can buy it as big posters

    17. ~Prescott 99 months ago | reply

      Thankyou onetonshadow! Will check it out!

    18. 96dpi 74 months ago | reply

      Thank you very much for sharing this image with a creative commons license. I just wanted to let you know that I used parts of it in a composing I made yesterday.

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