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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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This is a 30second exposure at night basically to expose the stars and for the lights from where I was to give the clouds some prominence. Just off-shore.and eerie looking. The blur helps with the effect I wanted. From the markers in the sand bottom right and left it can all be seen to be properly focussed and it obviously was on a tripod.
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.
How dramatic of a sky show. Great and splendid shot, Mike.
Hi Joan H. Thank you.
My three years in The Bahamas was nothing but dramatic with incredible open 180degree views across the sea. The sequence of photos I took of the above cloud formation staggered me for the amount of rain that fell from such an apparently simple cloud. And note that the base of the cloud is so low maybe less than 500ft.
An awesome, fantastic, memorable, superlative and spell binding shot, Mike, as ever from you,
Your photo is faultless in every respect, that is, coming from me as an ex FRPS photo judge where I would mark photos hard and stern.
Your photos have graced the CAS Gallery extremely well. I hope that this latest photo might be considered for inclusion in the 2019 CAS Calendar. Here’s hoping!
I have, with your permission, please, placed your photo as my current screensaver. I truly like this photo. Maybe it was your “swan song” before returning back to the UK? I recall your recent lovely dramatic and moody photo of Bamburgh Castle.
You’re so kind Laurence. I have say I am self taught and I suspect art and image composition can be naturally occurring in people as well as taught. My immodesty says that I try hard for the right composition and subject from the off. I know what I like and with comments like yours I am starting to understand what others must like. I feel that within a given scene I am able to see what works and what doesn’t.
A really dramatic shot, Mike! You can definitely see the full, dramatic cumulonimbus cloud from anvil to base, where it is raining in the distance. Looks like stormy weather this afternoon in the Bahamas! From Rebecca Hill, Canberra, Australia
Are you back now in the UK? I recall many of your glorious shots taken on the other side of the Equator. That said, you have not lost your touch in capturing this dramatic and atmospheric scene.
I hope the CAS might consider this photo for its 2019 calendar. Fingers crossed for you!
Thanks for sharing this virtuous shot! Your photography is marvellous and a delight to see.
Thanks Laurence. Yes I have been back from working overseas (and now retired again) for three years now. But I have during my overseas trips amassed a considerable library of dramatic photos from the tropics. This one is obviously not one from the tropics but I understand now what ingredients are required for getting those shots you refer to. One is luck two is actually living in a location that will produce good material and three I suppose is knowing what to do once you recognise a mix when something dramatic could happen. This one was mostly luck being there on holiday with my family. I ignored my wife by bringing the camera gear for the day at the beach. Photos in the gloaming always produce great atmospheric effects.
Yet again Mike a superb Image it’s a good job you did not leave your camera at home
Thanks, Mike, and, may I say, welcome back to the UK! I bet you find the weather here a wee bit different!
I think very highly of your photography, likewise, a CAS member, Paul Martini, hailing as he does from Bluff, Utah, USA. He, like you, packs in a grand and powerful photo upon the CAS Gallery capturing the elements and dramatic cloudscapes.
With all the photos you have amassed I reckon you could get a great book produced featuring your photos.
Thanks again and for reverting to me. It is appreciated and it is really nice when photo authors reply to comments on the CAS gallery.
Laurence, very true, such work should always be appreciated ,it’s easy for one to sit in front of their PC and whiz around the world,
but a lot of hard work and travailing goes into creating a photograph that will be “out of this world”
Mike Davies I cannot let your comments go without responding. Firstly thanks for the original comment. Secondly I found that over the many years I went to Florida to storm chase, I suppose it’s called, although some two weeks in August were wall to wall stormy weather in the main catching a Bermuda high that suppressed any cloud that wanted to go vertically up was more the norm. Living in a place allows one to see the whole range of weather. I doubt though that the three plus years in The Bahamas were the same at all. But being there for that time meant I caught it all, hurricanes included.
What a rainbow. This must be a total star of the rainbow world. You were smart to bring all camera gear!! If I saw that with no camera, I’d jump in the water.
Comment from Mike..
“Taken from the beach in front of my apartment when I was there. Not your typical view of the Bahamas .No blue sky no aquamarine sea and no white sand but a view that I saw regularly and loved as I just cannot get enough of skies filled with drama. I think it is enhanced by the angle and position of the sun which is filtered out by cloud and the sun lighting up the lower level of clouds”
As to be expected from you, Mike, a fabulous shot!
Wonderful capture in every respect. A faultless photo. Very moody and dramatic! The “letter box” format of the photo does full justice to your shot.
Thank you, as ever, for this sharing. Your photo has made my day!
Thanks for sharing this unusual collection of features, Hans.
For some reason I suppose this comment was not meant for the lightning by Mike. It might be for the halo, contrail and its shadow two picture further on. So thank you Adolfo.
I wish to capture one day the lightning like you did Mike. Fabulous.
The pastime of parasailing behind speed boats, not a good idea when lightning is buzzing around.