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Lightning in Perhentian Island, Terengganu, Malaysia

This photo was ranked amongst the "World's Best Photo of Nikon"



This is about 15 minutes before the storm that lasted on and off for a couple of days. The Perhentian Islands has a reputation ranking of electrical storm activity, with or without rain, associated with the monsoon season, which gives some unique opportunities for photos... if you can find a spot that is not in the middle of "action" you'll be quite safe for lightning photograpy.


I really should have used a wide angle on this one instead of the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Prime, but what actually happened was I was torn between a wide angle for better panorama, and a fast lens considering the frequent lighting strikes in the clouds.


Clouds amaze me

Jun 17th, 2007 by by Don Iannone


Clouds amaze me

how easily they make friends

with other clouds, but

always maintain their independence, and

how they put themselves

at the mercy of the wind, that

keeps them from becoming

too set in their ways like mountains.


Clouds amaze me

how they drift in wisps and billows, and

how they dress up as scowling old men

with stately white beards, or

naughty elephants standing on hind legs, or

even battered pirate ships

on a tumultuous sea.


Clouds amaze me

how they seduce my imagination, and

how they make me want to dance, and

how they make me want to be

something other than I am,

if only long enough

to know what it’s like

to be someone or something else.


Clouds amaze me

because they can be whatever

they want to be, and

finally just like good poems, they

leave the right parts of the story untold.


Note: Don Iannone is the author of two published poetry books. Stilling the Waters was published in 2005 by Medicine Wheel Publishing, and Walks in Life’s Sacred Garden, which was released in May 2007 by BookSurge (an company).


Gears: Nikon D50 and Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM

Location: Perhentian Island, Terengganu, Malaysia

Processing: No processing, and no cropping done on this piece


For most of my film works, I've also put up a new gallery on Leica User Group HERE


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Taken on June 16, 2007