Posted by Jason Politte (Conway, AR, United States) on 17 July 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.
Lightning strikes across the Wyoming countryside.
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How? Gobsmacking shot. Truly amazing
17 Jul 2011 6:20am
@CElliottUK: Thanks Chris! When I was setting up this shot, I really wanted a foreground element to go along with that sky and the lightning. So, I turned the headlights on to shed some light on the tall grass that was waving in the wind. :-)
An apocalyptic vision... Colors are really stunning... great shot !
17 Jul 2011 8:59am
Stunning and very beautiful !
17 Jul 2011 10:04am
Well timed. I always miss them :)
17 Jul 2011 10:07am
Fantastic shot, great composition, colors are fabulous. 5 *. Good day.
17 Jul 2011 12:14pm
Superposition géniale ... et les couleurs belles.)
17 Jul 2011 12:30pm
Grandisoe cpatage de cet éclair, superbe effet et jeu de différentes lumières
17 Jul 2011 1:08pm
Magnifique couleur que ce ciel éclairé!!
17 Jul 2011 1:47pm
great shot !
17 Jul 2011 2:53pm
excelente captura, magnifico color!!
17 Jul 2011 4:37pm
amazing shot - the colors are fantastic and the lighnings terrific!
17 Jul 2011 4:45pm
Holy moley what a powerful and shocking photo with the flash lighting up the foreground to boot. Is that your flash? What a gorgeous color variation in the sky. I would be one happy lady if I could capture lightning. I know, google "how to capture lightning." I hate it when the magic is taken out of things.
17 Jul 2011 4:56pm
@Twojays: Thanks Joyce! I like to think of it more as capturing the magic rather than taking the magic out of it. :-) It's actually rather easy with an active storm and a camera with manual mode. Oh, and I lit the foreground with my car's headlights. Thanks again!
The headlight in the foreground was a brilliant idea, straight out of a science fiction landscape,
an unforgettable sky of deep amethyst, sending out feelers to earth. This is more war of the
worlds than mine today !! Love the small lights under the lightning. What a purely magnificent
image, a real spotlight if I ever saw one ! 5*****'s !!~
17 Jul 2011 5:16pm
@Phil David Morris 2011: Thank you very much, Phil - I'm really glad you enjoyed the photo. I know I've sure enjoyed yours from the series your running now. You may enjoy my photo for tomorrow as well. :-)
Wow! I have never managed to capture the lightning and not only because I 'm a coward:). This sky of thunderstorm is magnificent and the light of the foreground gives an unreal aspect to the scene. I regret that your exif don't appear, I 'm curious :)
17 Jul 2011 8:07pm
@Kiki: Thank you very much, Kiki! This was shot on film, so there is no exif data. However if I had to guess, I'd say I shot this at f/11 with probably a 30 second exposure. I was shooting on Kodak Ektachrome E100VS. Glad you like it. :-)
Deafinitely an apochalyptic capture Jason! A real stunner! Bravo! ;-)
Great capture! Excellent! Well done!
17 Jul 2011 8:10pm
Wow..really great and dramatic! Cool ideat to shoot it with your headlights on!
17 Jul 2011 8:12pm
Oh yes ! very long exposure the time of several flashes of lighting and small aperture. Thank you for your answer. I try it at the next thunderstorm... behind my window:)))
17 Jul 2011 9:15pm
@Kiki: Exactly - if you're going to shoot lightning, you'll want to do long exposures and give yourself plenty of opportunities to capture those bolts. Have fun and best of luck! :-)
Impressionnantes couleurs et bel effet .... compliments
17 Jul 2011 9:47pm
Probably my favourite picture of yours in all the time I have been following you, truly wonderful, magnificent and powerful. I love the colour range on offer in the sky. Love the headlight effect on the grass. Worthy of a spotlight in my honest opinion.
17 Jul 2011 10:23pm
@Ainsley: Thank you very much for the high compliments, Ainsley - I'm really glad you like it so much. :-)
There are so many places in Wyoming where there is nothing between you and the lightening far away. It would be hard to find such a place here in the D/FW area. This is a super shot, and what a creative idea to use the headlights!
17 Jul 2011 10:37pm
@B. Thomas: Oh yes, Wyoming has so many open places much like the rest of the Great Plains, excluding the metro areas like DFW of course. Perfect for viewing storms! :-) Thanks so much!
Breathtaking power and super colors!
18 Jul 2011 1:43am
Stunningly great color and capture technique! Headlights--good idea!
18 Jul 2011 5:11pm
@karla: Thank you very much, Karla. :-)
Jason...this is fantastic...wonderful capture and great idea about the headlights....really well done!
19 Jul 2011 5:06pm
wwoowww has conseguido captar los rayos!! yo nunca soy tan rápida
19 Jul 2011 9:16pm
Let me guess - you want to be a storm chaser in your next life! lol Great capture!
20 Jul 2011 4:18pm
@Barbara Kile: LOL, I actually was a storm chaser from 1999 - 2007. Thank you!
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