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Great picture to start the day. Congrats, Mike.
Great photo, Mike. It must have been damn impressive to witness this real time!
As ever from you – as to be expected(!) – another classic masterpiece of your magnificent photography doing full justice to the awesome cloudscape and landscape. You certainly know how to spoil us with wonderful shots like this as portrayed here.
This is, forgive the intended pun, a monumental photo as per the rock edifice on the left of the photo. This is certainly an image I will not forget. Its impact is immediate and penetrating. That the photo is depicted in monochrome beats colour any day, at least, that is my personal opinion.
Thank you Laurence.
Yes, another outstanding and profound lightning shot!! A real “holy moly” moment for the eye and camera.
Thank you Joan.
Indeed a superb shot well done
Thank you Michael.
Grand shot, Mike.
Carping criticism – I find the red light at the far right hand corner at the bottom of your otherwise lovely shot rather distracting from the overall heavenly vista above.
Thanks for your comments. Unfortunately that red light on what is Adventure Island now locally referred to Sandals Island (Sandals now have exclusive rights to it) is part of their private set-up over there. I could have cloned it out. I have numerous day and night-time shots of lightning striking behind the island some locals say because of iron there from shipwrecks. True or not I’m not sure but I do have a significant number striking that region beyond the reef in deeper water.
But I was fortunate to live and work there for 3+ years and views like this could be daily events during certain times of the year. Just had to get the camera out paraphernalia and point it (trying to miss the light).
superb Image well captured
Thanks kindly for taking the time for your appreciated reply.
I hope my comment about the little red light did not cause any hurt or offence – neither was intended. I apologise if this was the inadvertent case.
I have today, if ok with you, employed your marvellous photo as my current screensaver. Thanks be, due to the formatting of my screen etc the little red light does not appear in the overall picture. It makes for a lovely view!
Laurence – I don’t or didn’t take offence in any way with what you said. Equally I do not object to you using my photo as a screen saver. ‘Tongue in cheek’ I would say my aim is to have everyone using my photos as screen savers!
Quote from Paul…
“Last night this entire region had a series of some of the most incredible electrical storms I’ve ever seen”.
Superb image Paul well captured
A to be expected typical grand shot from you, Paul.
This is a big “WOW!!!” photo. I would ascribe the following in appreciation of your magnificent photo:- astounding, atmospheric, awe inspiring, electric (pun intended!), powerful and truly memorable, Oh, GEEZ!!!
Maybe, who knows, this marvellous photo might possibly be a good candidate to feature in the CAS 2018 calendar?
Thanks for the sharing of this wonder.
Thank you Michael and Laurence.
I agree with you, Laurence. This is definitely a calendar-worthy photo. Bravo, Paul.
This does it!! A most magnificent lightning photo I’ve seen! Yes, it should make next year’s calendar and the “Cloud of the Month” as well. The colors are truly electric blue. Oh, my.
Thank you Ginnie and Joan.
Good shot, Paul!
Amazing – well caught!
A very good shot of lightning in what looks like a small localised storm system.
Thank you Adolfo, Maxine and Michael.
Fantastic capture nature at it’s best
Good picture, Guilherme. I guess that there are lot of them behind this one.
superb capture great Image
James a very beautiful photograph that describes accurately what can be seen in the image. I would be very happy if it was one of mine.
What a wonderful moment, James ! Congrats !!
A cracker shot (pun intended!)! Brill, James, and thanks for the sharing.
Muito legal essa foto, mas ai… que medo!!!
Very scary but amazing shot! Congratulations!
Superb Image well done
Splendid shot. Great capture!
A marvellous photo which certainly takes my admiration in really strong measure. It is superlative – and I mean just that.
In colour the photo would be very good indeed but I like the way you have elected to use monochrome. It adds testament to the austere bleak starkness and overall sense of desolation and emptiness of the whole scene. The heavy growling storm clouds above, accompanied by the oh so fortunate bolt / dagger lightning only adds to the sense of serious loneliness and abandonment.
I take BIG, BIG fancy to this photo. It innately appeals to me. If I were the author of the photo I would be immensely pleased with it.
Thanks for a memorable shot.
Thank you Laurence!
I can see five faces / figureheads in the lightning bolts here. Spot them! It is a bit of fun!
Simply amazing, Paul.
Well said, Ginnie.
Paul’s wondrous photos never fail to amaze us.
The VOTG (Valley Of The Gods) offers Paul, our photographer and regular contributor to the CAS’s Photo Gallery, much in the way of portrayal of very dramatic drama in the heavens above.
Marvellous – as ever!
Thanks you Ginnie and Laurence.
Stunning. Some how, that seems to not even describe it…. Paul…… WOW!!!!
Paul. What can I say but be mesmerized by such a lightning show and you got it captured!!! How artistic can you get!
Terrific shot, Paul!
Very dramatic and most atmospheric.
As ever, another masterpiece from you. As one CAS member said a wee while ago, you spoil us with great photos (not the exact words but something similar)
Oh, Paul — another one of your amazing photos! The skies in Utah seem to be even more beautiful than those you caught in California.
Thank you Laurence and Ginnie!
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This is certainly some dramatic photo, Paul. You sure get some damn awesome weather in your “neck of the woods”, so to speak. I have not seen forked lighting for ages.
I think the lightning bolt on the RHS of the photo is akin to a pterodactyl creature running fast away from the lighting forks on the LHS – maybe a bit too hot for it or sensing its tail maybe be torched!
Grand stuff from you, as ever. Many thanks.
Paul, your pics are always amazing. This one certainly fits in that category. I always hide indoors when the weather gets like this.
Please keep ’em comin’.
Thank you Laurence and Ginnie. And Ginnie, you have the right idea, I don’t advocate or recommend
going out in thunderstorms, and especially not loitering around a metal or graphite tripod. Just don’t.
Thanks much, Rachel, for this shot. I like it much!
I recognise the view very well. Culver Cliff – the chalk cliff in the far distance leading to Bembridge – a small and attractive quiet village – is home to the only surviving windmill on the Island and, thankfully, preserved by our National Trust.
5 stars from me – nice heebiejebbies shot – your house?
I certainly go along with Linda’s comment. A truly dramatic shot, electrifying (pun definitely intended!).
This could be likened to a spine chilling scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s film, Psycho.