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Posted by Graeme Guy on Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:14 am

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We live on Penang Island in Malaysia and look out on the Strait of Malacca, which incidentally has the highest density of pirate attacks globally. A lot of thunderclouds form over the warm mainland and we get a number of thunderstorms.
Here is one lightning strike captured. This area is quite smoky and there is a variety of colours apparent when the lightning is nearer ground level.
I selected a cloud with frequent emissions and used the following
Canon EOS1DX Mk3, ISO 400, Canon 28-300mm lens locked at 70mm, f8, 6 seconds. Another exposure starts when one ends

I sue the same technique for fireworks.

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by ADKShooter on Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:07 am
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Awesome !! In addition to the lightning itself, the contrast in the clouds in the upper half of the shot is really terrific. I've always been attracted to good images of the power of storms and this one is one of the best I've seen in a long time. Great image.
 

by SantaFeJoe on Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:41 am
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Very impressive image! The colors and textures are great. Love the clouds.

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by Ron Day on Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:40 pm
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Excellent work!!!
 

by david fletcher on Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:35 pm
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Immense! Awesome image Graeme
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by E.J. Peiker on Tue Sep 08, 2020 3:20 pm
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I'm moving it to Travel and Culture due to all of the city lights but it's definitely worthy of an Editor's Pick :)
 

by John Labrenz on Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:27 pm
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Wow...Killer lightning bolt!!!!....love it!
Somewhat over sharpened for web presentation, esp noticeable on the bolt....easy fix though
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:06 am
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Incredible shot!! Congratulations!
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by Graeme Guy on Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:37 pm
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John Labrenz wrote:
Wow...Killer lightning bolt!!!!....love it!
Somewhat over sharpened for web presentation, esp noticeable on the bolt....easy fix though




The exposure was six seconds. There are multiple rapid flashes in that time and they are not all exactly in the same place hence the main bolt could be 5-6 discharges. 
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by Carol Clarke on Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:11 pm
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Amazing capture, Graeme!

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by dianarebman on Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:15 pm
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Beautiful image!
 

by Gavin Falck on Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:07 am
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Stunning photograph. Beautiful colours, textures and detail in the clouds.
 

by Debapratim Saha on Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:09 am
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