Wyoming Lightning

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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CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

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. :-)

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

An apocalyptic vision... Colors are really stunning... great shot !

17 Jul 2011 8:59am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Stunning and very beautiful !

17 Jul 2011 10:04am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Well timed. I always miss them :)

17 Jul 2011 10:07am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Fantastic shot, great composition, colors are fabulous. 5 *. Good day.

17 Jul 2011 12:14pm

tataray from france, France

Superposition géniale ... et les couleurs belles.)

17 Jul 2011 12:30pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Grandisoe cpatage de cet éclair, superbe effet et jeu de différentes lumières

17 Jul 2011 1:08pm

Céline from Strasbourg, France

Magnifique couleur que ce ciel éclairé!!

17 Jul 2011 1:47pm

alex centrella from California, United States

great shot !

17 Jul 2011 2:53pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente captura, magnifico color!!

17 Jul 2011 4:37pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

amazing shot - the colors are fantastic and the lighnings terrific!

17 Jul 2011 4:45pm

Twojays from Southwest Montana, United States

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!

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

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. :-)

Kiki from Ambert, France

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. :-)

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Deafinitely an apochalyptic capture Jason! A real stunner! Bravo! ;-)

17 Jul 2011 8:07pm

Reflecteur from Gothenburg, Sweden

Great capture! Excellent! Well done!

17 Jul 2011 8:10pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Wow..really great and dramatic! Cool ideat to shoot it with your headlights on!

17 Jul 2011 8:12pm

Kiki from Ambert, France

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! :-)

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Impressionnantes couleurs et bel effet .... compliments

17 Jul 2011 9:47pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

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. :-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

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!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Breathtaking power and super colors!

18 Jul 2011 1:43am

karla from Omaha, United States

Stunningly great color and capture technique! Headlights--good idea!

18 Jul 2011 5:11pm

@karla: Thank you very much, Karla. :-)

foto forte from Phoenix, United States

Jason...this is fantastic...wonderful capture and great idea about the headlights....really well done!

19 Jul 2011 5:06pm

cristina from Barcelona (Catalunya), Spain

wwoowww has conseguido captar los rayos!! yo nunca soy tan rápida

19 Jul 2011 9:16pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

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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