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Lightning over Meridian
Lighting captured during a lighting storm over Meridian, Idaho. Photo taken in May 2006.

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badylwow!!

badyl

Voted 10/10

this picture is quite 'striking':))
well done
cheers
Witek
Posted Oct 30, 2007 1:07 pm

Ivonaawesome!

Ivona

Voted 10/10

I love storms and lightnings:)
cheers
Iwona
Posted Oct 30, 2007 1:12 pm

Dan DaltonRe: awesome!

Dan Dalton

Voted 10/10

Except when on top of a mountain!

Dan
Posted Oct 30, 2007 9:27 pm

IvonaRe: awesome!

Ivona

Voted 10/10

of course:)) I love watching them when I'm completely out of danger;)
Posted Nov 1, 2007 3:24 pm

Dan DaltonAmazing!!!

Dan Dalton

Voted 10/10

How do you capture and image like this? I have always wondered how this is done. Nice shot,

Dan
Posted Oct 30, 2007 9:27 pm

MarshallSRe: Amazing!!!

MarshallS

Voted 10/10

Use a tripod, open the shutter, and wait. I've never had much luck though. Usually by the time the good bolts are visible it starts raining into the lens.

Probably not a good idea to try for a shot like this while climbing a mountain! Unless you've made a pact with Zeus.
Posted Oct 31, 2007 3:41 am

IdahoSummitsRe: Amazing!!!

IdahoSummits

Hasn't voted

Actually, John did not use a tripod. But the key is that you have to be lucky and have the shutter open longer.
Posted Nov 13, 2007 12:52 pm

Ejnar FjerdingstadThe Best

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Voted 10/10

Lightning photo I ever saw, truly impressive!
Posted Oct 31, 2007 6:59 am

Pawel KrolYes !

Pawel Krol

Voted 10/10

This is a powerfull shot !!!

WOW !
Posted Oct 31, 2007 8:41 am

johnlogukvery very

johnloguk

Voted 10/10

very good! I've tried to get this sort of image a few times, but like you said usually end up with it raining before the lightning gets to the right place.
Posted Oct 31, 2007 10:28 am

MarshallSRe: very very

MarshallS

Voted 10/10

I think it also helps to live in an area that has good storms.

It has to be dry enough so that there isn't too much low clouds and rain obscuring the view but enough heat and humidity for strong electrified storms.
Posted Nov 4, 2007 6:05 pm

rdmcIncredible shot!

rdmc

Voted 10/10

I try lightning pics when a storm brews, but never have had much luck. Great shot!
Posted Oct 31, 2007 5:50 pm

CBoldt1010Very nice!

CBoldt1010

Voted 10/10

Yep open shutter, you can see a slight motion blur in the tree from it being open for a short period. GREAT shot and rare to capture!
Posted Oct 31, 2007 7:32 pm

mtybumpoWow!

mtybumpo

Voted 10/10

What a lucky shot!
Posted Nov 5, 2007 11:20 pm

lilmantisGREAT SHOT

lilmantis

Voted 10/10

John is a very patient man. Hats off to his wait!
Posted Nov 7, 2007 2:37 am

SFMountaineerQuestion

SFMountaineer

Voted 10/10

Amazing photo! What ISO/Aperture did you use and how did you know what would expose the shot correctly without anything to meter?
Posted Nov 7, 2007 4:55 pm

donhaller3Excellent

donhaller3

Voted 10/10

Re questions about exposure try time exposure with tightest aperture. Bolts between the camera and the horizon or behind the camera can overexpose the ground, I assume you want it black. Turn it off when you think you got a good one and try again. Experiment--do a lot of em. Have never tried in daylight.
Posted Nov 9, 2007 4:52 pm

AspenPurple Sky

Aspen

Voted 10/10

Was the sky really that purple? Excellent shot though!

Knight
Posted Nov 10, 2007 6:14 pm

IdahoSummitsRe: Purple Sky

IdahoSummits

Hasn't voted

Yes, the sky was that color. This photo was not altered in any way. Thanks for the compliment.
Posted Nov 13, 2007 12:49 pm

AspenRe: Purple Sky

Aspen

Voted 10/10

TOTALLY AMAZING!!! TOTALLY STUNNING!!!
Posted Nov 14, 2007 1:15 am

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johnparleySubmitted by johnparley
on Oct 30, 2007 12:03 pm

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Lat/Lon: 32.84000°N / 113.91°W
Object Title: Lightning over Meridian

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