Lightning over Meridian

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

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badyl

badyl - Oct 30, 2007 1:07 pm - Voted 10/10

wow!!

this picture is quite 'striking':))
well done
cheers
Witek

Ivona

Ivona - Oct 30, 2007 1:12 pm - Voted 10/10

awesome!

I love storms and lightnings:)
cheers
Iwona

Dan Dalton

Dan Dalton - Oct 30, 2007 9:27 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: awesome!

Except when on top of a mountain!

Dan

Ivona

Ivona - Nov 1, 2007 3:24 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: awesome!

of course:)) I love watching them when I'm completely out of danger;)

Dan Dalton

Dan Dalton - Oct 30, 2007 9:27 pm - Voted 10/10

Amazing!!!

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

Dan

MarshallS

MarshallS - Oct 31, 2007 3:41 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Amazing!!!

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.

IdahoSummits

IdahoSummits - Nov 13, 2007 12:52 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Amazing!!!

Actually, John did not use a tripod. But the key is that you have to be lucky and have the shutter open longer.

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Oct 31, 2007 6:59 am - Voted 10/10

The Best

Lightning photo I ever saw, truly impressive!

Pawel Krol

Pawel Krol - Oct 31, 2007 8:41 am - Voted 10/10

Yes !

This is a powerfull shot !!!

WOW !

johnloguk

johnloguk - Oct 31, 2007 10:28 am - Voted 10/10

very very

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.

MarshallS

MarshallS - Nov 4, 2007 6:05 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: very very

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.

rdmc

rdmc - Oct 31, 2007 5:50 pm - Voted 10/10

Incredible shot!

I try lightning pics when a storm brews, but never have had much luck. Great shot!

CBoldt1010

CBoldt1010 - Oct 31, 2007 7:32 pm - Voted 10/10

Very nice!

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!

mtybumpo

mtybumpo - Nov 5, 2007 11:20 pm - Voted 10/10

Wow!

What a lucky shot!

lilmantis

lilmantis - Nov 7, 2007 2:37 am - Voted 10/10

GREAT SHOT

John is a very patient man. Hats off to his wait!

SFMountaineer

SFMountaineer - Nov 7, 2007 4:55 pm - Voted 10/10

Question

Amazing photo! What ISO/Aperture did you use and how did you know what would expose the shot correctly without anything to meter?

donhaller3

donhaller3 - Nov 9, 2007 4:52 pm - Voted 10/10

Excellent

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.

Aspen

Aspen - Nov 10, 2007 6:14 pm - Voted 10/10

Purple Sky

Was the sky really that purple? Excellent shot though!

Knight

IdahoSummits

IdahoSummits - Nov 13, 2007 12:49 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Purple Sky

Yes, the sky was that color. This photo was not altered in any way. Thanks for the compliment.

Aspen

Aspen - Nov 14, 2007 1:15 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Purple Sky

TOTALLY AMAZING!!! TOTALLY STUNNING!!!

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