Lightning Crashes

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-, Andy and 31 more people faved this
  • Eric & Cynthia 9y

    Nature power. Fantastic.
  • Jinaa ibraheem PRO 9y

    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
  • Prescott Pym PRO 9y

    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.
  • Jeremy Staveley 9y

    This is awsome!!!
  • Xenedis PRO 9y

    Nice. I must try that one day...
  • Dale 9y

    Great capture! Do you have this blown up as a big poster?!!! (Found in the Australian Interestingness group)
  • Prescott Pym PRO 9y

    Yes, I'd thought of that, but no where to hang pics in my house!
  • Teon Harasymiv PRO 9y


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

    Seen in your Your Faves set. (?)
  • geoffconet 9y

    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?
  • Prescott Pym PRO 9y

    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 :)
  • Mark Burke PRO 9y

    That is one shot which does NOT need more cowbell!
  • Prescott Pym PRO 9y

  • Andrew Purdam PRO 9y

    Congratulations Prescott. You are the winner of the ACT October - 2nd half competition.
    Please add it to the October National Comp (Australia) thread.
  • Andrew Purdam PRO 9y

    Holy god that's a good photo! And I didn't even give it one of my votes!
  • Gethin Hill 9y

    wow awesome... nicely captured!!! well done..
    one day i'll manage to capture some lightning on camera!
  • m a n d o l i n PRO 8y

    Whoa! i wish we had lightning storms like that here in hawaii.....!
  • red 8y

    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
  • Prescott Pym PRO 8y

    Thankyou onetonshadow! Will check it out!
  • Andreas Levers PRO 6y

    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.
  • madbronny52 PRO 5y

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Taken on January 27, 2006
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