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Brilliant shot, as ever, from you, Mike!
What a capture, eh?!!?
Thanks for sharing this marvel with us.
I wish you a very nice and happy Christmas and all that is best for you in the New Year,
Yes Laurence thanks very much. I did send in to Ian at CAS a series of 4 photos of a storm that was going on at the front (otherside) of the apartment block away from my view overlooking the sea. These lightning ‘threads’ were overreaching the building. One has two such threads one from the right and one from the left like they were hand shaking.
I also pointed out that the very ends of this lacy lightning was either pale orange/pink or blue. Not remembering this storm fully as it started away from my view I am not sure if it was a quick whizz bang kind of storm or one that lasts for some hours. I believe the former so this might be just inter-cloud lightning. Lightning types in my experience varies depending on the type of storm. A quick convection storm equalising the days energy imbalance has one form but a long three storm starts with this type moves to dangerous down strikes and then ‘anvil crawlers’ as the storm swells and moves by.
And a Happy Christmas and New Year to you too.
Thanks, Mike, for your informative reply. Much appreciated!
Lightning, so I have read in various journals etc is far higher in terms of temperature than that of our Sun, like 5 times higher.
More info about this here:-
Geez! What a planet we live on!
Best wishes renewed to you.
Once again thanks laurence…
That should have said three ‘hour’ (implying long) storm…
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A dramatic looking storm cloud on the other side of the hill! The lightning coming down from the cloud looks like a long, electrical cord that needs to be connected up to the source of power in order to keep working. Rebecca Hill, Canberra, Australia
This could possibly be a rare photo of lightning coming up from the ground to the sky?
Yes, exactly that, as I was able to check with the previous shots !
What made you think that lightning was this way?
I know you have previously taken, and kindly, displayed remarkable lightning images on the CAS’s Gallery.
Do you know about the staggering and marvellous place for lightning in Catatumbo, Venezeula? I am sure you have.
This is surely the lightning capital of our planet.
Have a peek at this lot:-
It is amazing how the sky dramatically turns purple or lilac after the electrically-charged lightning has finished lighting up the sky during a dramatic thunderstorm and the rain is pouring down over Bluff, Utah, USA. Great shot! From Rebecca Hill, Canberra, Australia
Thank you Laurence and Rebecca.
What a gorgeous shot and just at the right time for the lightning!! Mars is now receding away from Earth, darn it. Thanks for sharing ten fold.
Joan H. Laurino
Great shot, Paul!
A beautiful, dramatic shot of the vast, starry heavens above us on planet Earth and lightning from a distant storm to add to the drama. Nice shot of Mars and the milky as well. I think I have been seeing Jupiter as a really large, distinctive, bright star in the early spring, western sky on our cold, clear nights over Canberra, Australia where I live. From Rebecca Hill, Canberra, Australia
Thank you Joan and Rebecca.
Helen, you photo has it all: clouds, rain, lightening, road to the clouds, intense colors! I love it.
I warmly, and much so, go fully along with Ginnie’s comment.
A marvellous photo by any standard! Well done, Helen, and thanks muchly for sharing this spectacle with us. You must be mighty pleased with your photographic effort. I know I would be.
I hope that your photo would gain consideration for inclusion in the CAS 2019 calendar. Here’s hoping just that!
Very dramatic photo, Helen. Well done! Wouldn’t like to be out there in the middle of nowhere and get caught out in that storm without my raincoat or umbrella. The lightning looks like a pole you could slide down from the upper level to the ground and the sun is dramatically shining on the rain pouring down from the storm clouds, creating the rainbow and watering the foreground grass. The dense storm clouds look dark, as the angle of the sun cannot penetrate them. From Rebecca Hill, Canberra, Australia
A dramatic shot looking up into the starry heavens through a break in the dramatic, earthly thunderstorm in the distance showing its full force. Great shot! From Rebecca Hill, Canberra, Australia
I echo Rebecca’s fully justified comment! Well said, Rebecca.
Yes this is nature’s explosion of power! Paul, you did it again with a remarkable lightning shot. Let’s hope this makes the 2019 calendar. :)
A fabulous shot Paul. I used to see the milky way when I was a young boy before the air got so polluted. And in West Australia where I lived for 10years as a young man. Now you have to go to Cumbria. Again is it a time delay to get the MW to be properly exposed?
My thanks to all. Michael: Not a “delay” specifically, generally my exposures
in night sky images (MW, etc.) are between 10 to 17 seconds, depending.
Very dramatic afternoon storm picture, Mike. Well done! The calm before the storm. However, better find shelter soon before it really happens! From Rebecca Hill
Great shot mike and you have a face in the photo just above the left hand lightning , I expect you have seen that ?
Rebecca – It was early evening around 8pm. At 720pm (mid June 2012) I noticed a few cumulus clouds out over the sea that looked interesting. Twenty minutes later while getting a meal ready these clouds had shot upwards and sideways and were now looking very promising and threatening. By a little after 8pm a large tornado and three waterspouts had formed. This photo at 921pm was indicative of a very large storm that actually lasted close to 3hours and triggered my camera from memory over 1100 times as it meander around. It was the result of a cold front sliding through Florida and down across The Bahamas. I was told about it by email from someone I knew in Delray Beach who thought I was anywhere else except ‘down the road’ in The Bahamas. Lightning started from the sky downwards and finished the other way round what from my experience is a classic storm pattern rather than just an evening energy balancing storm. Some of the latter form in a very short time and are over in 20mins. John yes there are many faces in the clouds in that area.
Marvelous lightning presentation over Bluff. Our U.S.A skies are extremely turbulent right now; however, such skies do create these profound scenes.
Great dramatic, turbulent sky shot, Paul! Lightning looks like bright fingers coming down from the sky in order to touch the earth, lighting everything up with its positive charges or you could imagine it being part of a science museum exhibition. From Rebecca Hill, Canberra, Australia
A faultless ands really gand photo capturing huge drama. Quite a spectacle!
Marvellous, as ever, from you, Paul!
July 24, 2018 at 5:51 pm
A faultless ands really grand photo capturing huge drama. Quite a spectacle!
superb image Paul
Another beauty from you, Paul. Sure appreciate your efforts in getting these most outstanding sky dramas.
Joan H. Laurino
Quite dramatic! The rain pours down in the distance and the lightning shines its silver light upon it as they appear to dance. Great shot. From Rebecca Hill
Paul how could I go passed your wonderful photo of the lightning strike in the rain beneath the cloud’s precipitation shaft. I would be very pleased to capture such a photo. Can I assume from looking at the clouds it is a long exposure which suggests that you do not have or did not use a lightning trigger. Is that rain or starlight in the blue of the sky?
My thanks to all. Michael: No lightning trigger, a two-minute exposure.
A veritable classic “Paul Martini” shot bearing all the hallmarks of his style of grand photography!
To all CAS gallery viewers – Paul puts in a huge amount of effort and travelling to capture scenes like this one. Also, braving some pretty awful harsh elements at some personal risk.
I know he would appreciate comments, like me, to photos submitted upon the Gallery. We have thousands of members but so, so very, very few take up the opportunity to comment, discuss photos etc.
I belong to several small societies, but must say this, the interchange of discussion is lively to say the least! Whereas here in the Gallery it is paltry. It is like a comment desert!
Come on! This is your Society!
superb image Paul excellent capture
I’m sure happy that I read your above comment about paltry comments by Society members. How true, but I, personally hope to change this by taking special efforts to comment more often, darn it as of today.
As for Paul Martini’s above photo. It is the greatest and the most spectacular that I’ve seen, although, Paul, you do it all the time. Utah is a mecca for dramatic skies. My favorite state