Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Twisty Lightning

Here's another summer lightning shot (taken in my yard as my lightning shots always are) - I liked how curvy this strike was, just twisting everywhere. How did it ever find its way to the ground?
For more skyward photos, visit the Skywatch Friday meme. And don't worry - I try to stay safe for my lightning shots. We can see for many miles so these strikes are usually further away than they look. I've only been caught by unexpectedly close strikes a couple of times (the closest of which was a couple of streets away and struck a tree), and in any case I'm usually sheltered when I take the photos. But regardless, there's a unique excitement to capturing lightning photos!

48 comments:

  1. Oh, Al, what an amazing, incredible capture! I'm speechless and as you know, with my big mouth, that doesn't happen very often!! Truly stunning! Enjoy your day!

    Sylvia

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  2. Eine fantastische Aufnahme....eine Kunstwerk am Himmel....
    LG: Karin

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  3. WOW!!! I can almost hear the crack of thunder just by looking at this photo! Amazing shot!

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  4. Wow! Just an amazing and stunning picture, Al. Yes, you must to be sheltered when you took these lightning shots.
    Did you know that I saw on Google the information that the city of Teresina in northern Brazil has the third-highest rate of occurrences of lightning strikes in the world. The surrounding region is referred to as the Chapada do Corisco ("Flash Lightning Flatlands").

    PS: Al, thank you so much for another visiting on my blog to know how I am doing. So nice of you. I am grateful for your caress more than I can say.

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  5. You made light being able to get heard. Amazing moment indeed.

    Missing such weather much, I long for rain and alike. Please have a good Thursday you all.

    daily athens

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  6. Just an incredible picture -- I am glad you included the explanation about staying safe. We're not very used to lightening, so I am more nervous of it than I should be I suppose. I know my CO kids get up real early for their mountain hiking, so that they get back before the afternnon lightening storms.

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  7. Just an incredible picture -- I am glad you included the explanation about staying safe. We're not very used to lightening, so I am more nervous of it than I should be I suppose. I know my CO kids get up real early for their mountain hiking, so that they get back before the afternnon lightening storms.

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  8. These are so decorative.
    And of course with an edge of danger.
    Have you explained the camera settings somewhere?

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  9. Excellent shot. The only strikes I like are the ones in a game of bowling.

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  10. I don't think we ever get so much lightening here. Sure makes a gorgeous shot!

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  11. I love watching the lightning, and your photos are almost as good as the real thing! I can tell from the building lights that you are quite a distance from the lightning strike!

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  12. Awesome Captures !!
    I can never seem to be in the right place or have my camera pointed in the right spot to capture a lightning strike.

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  13. una foto difficilissima,tanti tanti complimenti!

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  14. I have never outgrown my fear of lightning. But your shots are one I admire.

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  15. I've seen a few of your lightening shots and everytime I wonder - how does he do that?

    I've seen that it's possible to get a lightening sensor dohdah for cameras - it that the answer? If so I really need one of them, oh and a place where lightening happens often enough to use it and not to be surrounded by trees and houses.

    Great shot and I'm very envious of the skill and opportunity to take it!

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  16. Great "spider" lightning captures. I caught some too in Ohio!

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  17. It's a stunning photo!
    Happy SWF to you:)

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  18. Stunning capture here AL, thank you for sharing a part of your world!...:)

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  19. you have captured a fantastically sharp image of lightening
    bet you could sell that image for a tidy sum to the owners of that house!

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  20. Sitting here in awe...a fantastic captur!

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  21. O my God! this is such a wonderful photograph. Loved it. Wow.

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  22. This is a striking photo, Al! Amazing and stunning. Sorry about the pun...I couldn't help myself.

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  23. This photo is totally special, waw ;-)
    Have a great weekend, Al!

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  24. The Chinese saying," If you are evil, the thunder will strike you." I don't want to live where your photo was taken. Even though I am not evil, I might still be struck down by you thunder.

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  25. AWEsome capture! I would love to learn how to take photos like this one. I think I need to take a class. Love your photo, thanks for sharing. Happy skywatching!

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  26. WOW!!!! The pic is just amazing! out of curiosity, i even went to your earlier lightning images, and was really impressed!I have never tried to take a similar one, but now I am really tempted!

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  27. Hi there - what a great picture - have tried (and failed) to take similar shots - will have to try again!

    Stewart M - Australia

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  28. Ia, I am totally impressed! You really are a master at photographing lightning. Fantastic!

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  29. Amazing skills! Wish I have the nerve to do the same.

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  30. wow, you are good at those lightning shots! while living in georgia, we had a bolt strike one of our pines out in the back yard. i had been fortunate enough to be looking out the window just when it hit. it was the brightest pink light, but scary at the same time!

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  31. that is such an awesome shot! How'd you do that? and thank goodness, you were safe while doing that. My skywatch is here.

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  32. Fantastic shot, Al. Congratulations!

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  33. Dramatic light show! So pretty too.

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  34. You have such a great collection of lightning shots and I love them all!

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  35. Lightning is fascinating and beautiful. Great shot!

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  36. Sort of baroque lightning with all these curlicues.

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  37. Perfectly captured! Stunning...
    Thanks for dropping by :)

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