St. Pete Lightning

Lightning captured over the St. Petersburg skyline.


Came across this gem from last month while backing up recent images. One shortcoming of RAW images, no thumbnail is created unless you've downloaded and installed the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack. Being late to the RAW party (and being guilty of not keeping up with all the latest offerings from Microsoft), I've only recently installed the codec pack, and as a result this image almost went unnoticed. Considering how ACR rendered the image with only some minor tweaking, that would have been a shame.


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Exif info:

Nikon D3100

iso 100


20" exposure


Comments and feedback welcome.


  • Ron Ciervo PRO 3y

    Pikebubbles Thanks David. You're too kind. Mother Nature creates the beauty, I just try to capture a wee bit for others to enjoy.
  • kathyrock50 3y

    beautiful from Palm Harbor
  • Robert Keller PRO 3y

    Absolutely awesome, Ron!
  • Ron Ciervo PRO 3y

    Robert Keller Thanks Rob. Got a bit soggy and definitely mosquito biten this summer, but our percentage of "keepers" is slowly going up.
  • Kevin Barney PRO 3y

    This is brilliant! That would have been a loss!
  • Hay-Lien 3y

    This is incredible! Such a dynamic shot. I was looking for inspiration from other Nikon D3100 users and I definitely found it here.
  • Ron Ciervo PRO 3y

    Kevin Barney Thanks Kevin you're too kind. In all honesty, the .nef (Nikon RAW) didn't look nearly as impressive. A couple tweaks with ACR and things really started to pop!
  • Ron Ciervo PRO 3y

    Hay-Lien Thanks Hayley. The real inspiration is all around us...the world we live in.
  • Angels GE 3y

    I have to say that this caught my attention!
    I am adding everyone with interesting photos as my contact.
    Add me as a contact if you want, because I will do the same :D

    My brave dragonfly says it's nice to meet you!
    My Brave Dragonfly by Angels GE
  • emarcosf PRO 3y

    Bonita captura!!
  • ridwan ridwan 3y

    great timing!
  • Ron Ciervo PRO 3y

    emarcosf Muchas gracias
  • Ron Ciervo PRO 3y

    ridwan ridwan All a matter of luck. There were a bunch that had far less dramatic lightning, and even more that had no lightning at all.
  • samkennedy1 3y

    Just Stunning !!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Dan Goodwin 3y

    Stunning Ron
  • Matthew Paulson PRO 3y

    Now that is a great lightning shot. Maybe one day I'll catch up to you on these. Awesome!
  • Anvilcloud PRO 3y

    This is a superb image. We're fortunate that you uncovered/discovered it.
  • Garry9600 (Taking a break) PRO 3y

    Wow! I missed this one before. Truly Outstanding!
  • Angie PRO 3y

    Vibrant and alive!! Electrifying!! Brilliant capture of that sky full of lightning!! St Pete never looked so good! Love the colors, action, and reflections!! Picture perfect!! angie from FL (Adm) (Note: 2 images a day may be posted)

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  • theo0023 PRO 1y

    WOW!! very impressive!
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Taken on June 11, 2012
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