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15 Electrifying Lightning Images

One Question that we’re regularly asked about here at Digital Photography School is ‘How do I photograph Lightning?’

Our wonderful forum administrator NaturesPixel has put together a brief how to photograph lightning tutorial in our forums that tackles the question. Also check out our more recent How to Photograph Lightning tutorial.At a little inspiration in your lightning photography you might also enjoy some of these 15 great lightning shots.

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  • JohnTheWayJohn

    That’s some frighteningly beautiful lightning right there…

  • Confused

    …what the??

  • Michael Owens

    ** ADVERT ALERT **

    How about just sharing a pertinent image, rather than self promoting?

  • Caryn Hill

    Because Michael, some people like to know where else they can see images like this. Lightning isn’t talked about and shared that much, so why not? If I have violated any DPS rules, I’m sure they will tell me. Other then that, I also like to help others capture images like this. Ask away if you need to know how. Have a great day! :-)

  • Michael Owens

    If it was an article about sharing your personal images site, then yeah, it would be correct, I just dislike seeing people self-promoting on a learning website.

    Share the image, dissect how you did it, how you achieved it – share more images. Just don’t whack in a URL and ask people to basically add to your traffic, or like your FB page.

    Too many people want (or need) to be noticed. This is not what I personally see DPS for. I come here to learn, to see peoples work on the subject matter.

    I don’t want to be seeing Flickr links, FB links and personal webpage links to people’s photography page.

    It’s not a direct personal attack on you, its just something I hold strong beliefs on learning websites.

    Have a nice day.

  • Caryn Hill

    Totally understand Michael. But I conduct photography tours and some people may like to know where they can go and learn how to shoot lightning, “hands on”. Never know, maybe I’ll think about trying to do an ad with DPS or something. BTW, I’m not “needing to be noticed”. All of my images are watermarked and for good reason. :-)

  • Michael Owens

    You took it personally. No offence meant.
    Just, my point was made, this is not a comment section (imo) for poeple to advertise. Share the images yes, adverts. Meh. I hate seeing them. It puts me off even looking at the supplied images.

    I am just one of the ones that is not afraid to call it out.

  • Mimmie

    EXCELLENT photos, EXCELLENT tutorials – thank you for teaching me the basics which I have forgotten about photography since I last had a “good camera” 30 years ago! I’m learning step by step – thanks to your easy and practical tutorials. Hope to be a confident photographer soon.

  • Ravindra Joisa

    lol..

  • Ravindra Joisa

    Here is the timelapse that I did and captured lightening as well..
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/ravindrajoisaphotography
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IJb265meGo

  • Pablo Icardi

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  • Moo Sumoo

    Suphanburi Thailan

  • thanh

    that’s so nice!…it’s really difficult to take photo like this!

  • SicknessofChoice

    Where is the lightning pic?

  • Andrew Kaczrowski

    Alexandria, MN, United States.

  • Sobhan Razyani

    Hi. I love this picture! I tried several times and at last i got this!
    Here is Kermanshah, Iran
    What’s your comment?

  • Sobhan Razyani

    ..

  • Adeel Jawed
  • Manaserene

    You my friend need to back off. Have you seen her work?? I mean have you been to her web page? She doesn’t need to advertise. She and her peeps are legends. Get a grip

  • Michael Owens

    All I read there was blah blah blah

  • mojtaba askary

    Gorgan , Iran

  • Murat Dagasan

    Bursa, Turkey

  • Johny Spencer

    I noticed theres no credit on these images?

  • PrMaine

    Perhaps I am overly cautious about protecting my camera from water damage, but that is one thing that has kept me from attempting lightening shots. It always seems to be raining when the opportunity arises.

  • Pavlos Euthymiou

    Michael, I hate advertisement too! But, in this case, I think DR should be proud of having good photographers like Caryn take the time to post one of her photos here and send a link to her website. I myself do not do that, but I do not think it is such a big deal! People click if they want! Peace to all!!!

  • Ahfaz Ahmed

    Wow That’s amazing. The airport one was truly the best i have ever seen.

    Recently I also posted about lightning Photography. Have a look. I hope you like it. http://www.graphictunnel.com/2015/03/26-Examples-of-Lightning-Photography-That-will-Amaze-You.html

  • Abhik

    BIT, Mesra, Ranchi, India. 2012

  • Abhik

    BIT mesra, Ranchi, India. 2012.

  • John

    what is your camera settings to capture these pictures? Please share. Thank you.

  • http://www.kquotes.com kquotes.com

    lovely, awesome, stunning simply great photography. love quotes

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  • Douglas Larson August 9, 2013 09:16 am

    These are amazing and inspiring. I saw these earlier as a part of a series of amazing shots. But somehow I closed the page and then searched and searched and couldn't find the series again. Then I searched for lightning knowing that one of the series was this set of lightning shots. I'm glad I found this set again, but I would really love to find the other sets of the series. Each set had a title like this one, e.g. "10 shots of ..." or "13 shots of ....". Can anyone help me find the series here on Digital Photography School?

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  • Ben February 18, 2013 04:12 pm

    I haven't read all of the comments, but I'm curious if anyone noticed that only maybe 1/3 of these photos are legit. The rest are all multiple exposures that are stacked. Which is fine - it makes for a neat shot, but it's definately not real.

  • Gerhard Kemmerer May 1, 2012 08:27 pm

    The information comes from personal observation. It is a popular opinion that lightning builds up by ice crystals playing hi five as they magically exchange positions from the high and low ends of a cloud. This does not happen because that would be electrically and mechanically self cancelling. Lightning may be discharged up to four times a second for the length of an hour from one single cloud. There is no time for a gradual build up, unless these molecules or charges move at light speed. Also lightning may strike from a cloudless sky. The idea of lightning 'building up' is just a guess. The power involved in lightning is always being exchanged into and out of the earth, day and night. But that energy is either stored or released, in specific areas that can be observed and determined in many different ways. The atmosphere acts both like a buffer zone and a storage for this mighty and continuous exchange.

  • Liciette Vallere April 29, 2012 05:24 pm

    @ gerhard kemmerer - Very good explanation. Can you please provide me with some sources if you have them? I am currently writing a paper on lightning for college and your insight will be greatly appreciated.

    Also here is a vast collection of lightning pictures i found - http://www.lightningpictures.net/gallery/

  • gerhard kemmerer April 9, 2012 11:21 am

    If you photo a number of lightning strikes within one area no more than 20 miles across, within half an hour, all super imposed onto one frame, you will note that the bolts typically bend or divide at specific heights and at certain points to a degree, especially if similar in strength. This is because the atmosphere has fairly consistant horizontal layers of charge on a global scale, of varying strengths through which the bolt finds its route, and the atmosphere also contains billions of vertical streamers, or paths that continuously allow the dispersion of charge from the upper atmosphere to the lower. Lightning follows these paths which are activated through circular zones between 6 and 35 miles in diameter. A collective picture of lightning activity over 20 to 30 minutes (because of continuous change) may sometimes reveal a dome like structure in the sky demonstrating the extent of such a zone.

  • Loren Charif February 8, 2012 02:21 am

    Here's another from this past August; this is a composite of 5 30 second images taken over approximately 5 minutes; really gives one a sense of the lightning "dancing" from distant to near:

    http://tinyurl.com/78tvry5

  • Rene February 7, 2012 03:17 am

    I took a shot of a lightening strike in 2007 off highway 15 just out of Las Vegas using a Kodak Z713 IS.

  • Rich Fenton January 19, 2012 10:23 pm

    Totally amazing photos. Lighting really is a powerful natural wonder.

  • kevin.woolsey December 28, 2011 04:14 am

    Beautiful images! Thanks for posting.
    -Kevin Andrew Woolsey, Editor, PassiontoLearn.com

  • Alexey December 15, 2011 11:49 pm

    http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/f-nov/view/358250

  • Alexey December 15, 2011 11:48 pm

  • Mehme November 27, 2011 05:43 am

    I think I speak for everyone whne I say.... OH MY GOOOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Boudoir Photography October 26, 2011 02:28 am

    love shooting lightning and we haven't had a decent electrical storm in the last year

  • ccting October 11, 2011 01:38 pm

    Creating your own lightnings by using the latest electronic devices, and strikes your landscape model... anytime you want.. LOL.. can time to capture.

  • ccting October 11, 2011 01:17 pm

    Perhaps we should have the detail of how to shoot lighting for each picture?

  • Anna Patrick September 29, 2011 06:25 am

    Lightnings are so fascinating to capture on camera and this collection is great. Here are some other thrilling lightning photos that grabbed my attention http://www.photographymojo.com/2011/09/20-thrilling-lightning-photography-examples/

  • Dani September 22, 2011 11:03 am

    Amazing images! I actually just tried shooting lightning during a storm a few days ago and was lucky enough to catch a few. I was very happy with myself! Here's my favorite:
    http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/14200358@N06/6163684083/in/photostream/

  • Paul September 18, 2011 08:24 am

    Awesome shots........... we just don't get storms like that here!

  • Harish Muthuswamy September 5, 2011 08:01 pm

    The shots are really electrifying......

  • johnson September 4, 2011 04:40 pm

    Those photos are wonderful

  • ronald September 3, 2011 06:00 pm

    use slow shutter after counting the seconds on when the lightening will hit or use a tripod and hold down the shutter till you see lightening

  • Loren Charif September 3, 2011 01:54 pm

    Great article and photos. Here are a few of my lightning images:

    http://www.pbase.com/lorenbc/image/101575048
    http://www.pbase.com/lorenbc/image/136925081
    http://www.pbase.com/lorenbc/image/136925084
    http://www.pbase.com/lorenbc/image/136925086
    http://www.pbase.com/lorenbc/image/136971594

    Loren

  • Marilyn Armstrong September 3, 2011 11:41 am

    I spent an entire afternoon in Arizona watching a lightning storm over a mesa trying to get ONE lightning photo. I managed to get exactly nothing. There was a LOT of lightning and a lot of people shooting it. I think I must have been the ONLY one who didn't get a single picture of it! Karma?

  • BFeldman September 2, 2011 01:28 pm

    Steve G. - I like yours better than the 15 above. Great colors.

  • Ayush Basu September 2, 2011 08:58 am

    Bravo to each one of them. Great effort

  • A.J. September 2, 2011 03:53 am

    These are some very incredible pictures! I have to take lightning pictures for a final project in college... it was, indeed, inspiring. Now, I only have to wait for an electric storm to happen... :S You wouldn't know of a way of making storms "happen", would you? :D

  • hrr September 2, 2011 01:26 am

    Great pics. But too many misses, huh? Why not use a lightning trigger that shoots whenever a lighting stike is detected, www.lightningtrigger.com or get an inexpensive version on e-Bay.

  • Simon September 2, 2011 12:23 am

    Awesome pics!

    Here's mine from last year.

    http://www.redbubble.com/people/simong61/art/4781875-2010-stadium-and-storm

    S

  • Robin Oberg September 1, 2011 03:09 pm

    With CHDK taking lightning photos is easy. Automatic triggering, using software. And no open shutter, just a really fast one.

  • Megan September 1, 2011 11:39 am

    Here's mine from a big storm in Toronto

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/31469870@N05/6078174993/in/photostream

  • mastazeko September 1, 2011 10:23 am

    Here are 3 from me.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/50954183@N00/6082318438/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/50954183@N00/6082318248/in/photostream/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/50954183@N00/6079345368/in/photostream/

  • steve gravano September 1, 2011 10:05 am

    Here's one I was lucky enough to get.
    http://stevegravano.blogspot.com/2011/08/incredible-lightening-storm.html

  • gdkiese September 1, 2011 07:47 am

    Here is one of mine. Yes, this strike was that close. About a 1/2 mile away. You can see the trees in the background being front lit by the lightning.

  • tabela May 2, 2011 05:43 pm

    wwwwwoooooooaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwww

  • tabela May 2, 2011 05:19 pm

    that was awesome!

  • tabela April 21, 2011 03:39 am

    thanks for information very good web site

  • medyum April 17, 2011 02:03 am

    My reply just got bumped because I pointed out that there were some fake lightning pics above.. that sux as an editor policy! Just plain censorship!

    ......

  • tabela March 17, 2011 06:13 am

    it is an awesome list. thank you for this post!

  • Abet February 21, 2011 03:49 pm

    Amazing shots!.., I just wonder how long they've waited to take a shot and how many times they had a wild guess of lightnings interval.., hehe also their facial expressions when they missed the best one!.., but its nice to know that a few people have interest of these wonderful but deadly natures creation.., I'm one of them, but I don't have SLR, hehe..

  • Test Strike February 3, 2011 04:28 am

    I used to watch storms as a kid when i was lucky enough to have a bedroom window which looked out over Morecambe Bay and the Lake District... no I'm a keen photographer I don't have the view any more!

    I've bookmarked this page because I'm sure it'll inspire me to get out with my camera more... especially when a storm warning is in force.

  • acne January 24, 2011 05:32 am

    That is quite simple thank you very much for the informative information. do keep updating. We hope you'll add more tips and suggestions on this issue in near future too.

  • barbara January 5, 2011 01:05 pm

    awsome photos!being scared of storms, never ever watched one ,thought looking at the photos would help they are so frightening more scared now than ever ,suppose English storms are not as bad as yours look.Wonderfull phography excellent shots.Barbara.

  • Tony Riddle January 4, 2011 11:12 am

    Hi,

    i have been looking for a lightning trigger for quite some time. The followings seem the optimal ones in terms of cost and quality.

    The expensive one which seems more professional:
    http://www.lightning-trigger.com

    The cheaper one which has lots of positive feedbacks on ebay:
    http://www.pmgadgets.com

    Any feedback will be really appreciated from those who have experience with them.

    Tony

  • tc kimlik no sorgulama October 15, 2010 09:54 am

    thankks so muchh

  • Tanweer September 10, 2010 05:23 am

    Beautiful, cant find words to admire such great snaps,

  • medyum July 11, 2010 02:55 am

    They’re pretty amazing – now if only there was ever lightning in Ireland…
    Medyum Niyazi

  • RealVisionPhotos June 30, 2010 03:23 am

    I love the lightning of storm. very great photos!!

    Greetings Ben

  • J. L. "Woody" Wooden June 17, 2010 07:42 am

    I have over forty years of lightning images. They can be viewed at JLWoodyWooden.SmugMug.com look in the "Dancing Light" gallery. These fifteen images are extremely stunning and I do know what it takes to get them. Great job!!! JL "Woody" Wooden

  • Dave June 14, 2010 10:08 pm

    hi gang,

    yes some awesome pix :)
    to PatchMaster ..... they look great bits of gear mate, but unfortunatly you dont make them for Pentax
    ya missed a few sales there ;) including one to me

    having been one of those "crazy" storm chasers for many years, both in my home coountry of Australia and also in the USA. I am always looking out for storms to photograph,... the overall storm can be a stunning subject let alone the lightning flash !!
    As others have mentioned nitetime captures of lightning is pretty easy using bulb setting and exposures of ~ 15 sec at a time . I dont like doing ones longer than that cuz of the time it takes to process that shot after I let go the shutter... tis very frustrating waiting another up to 15 sec for the image to be saved. And as Murphy's Law would have it .... there's always an awesome flash during that waiting period.

    Daytime lightning captures are much more difficult without trigger electronics like from PatchMaster

    But its not impossible.... any of you that have spent time watching storms may have noticed that some
    strikes (lots dont) have multiple discharges down the same channel. This gives you a chance to capture one of the secondary discharges. Between our human slow reaction speed and the shutter lag the chances of capturing the first discharge is neigh impossible. .... But click the shutter when you see it anyway and if it becomes a multiple discharge, chances are you WILL capture one of the secondary discharges.

    Happy hunting
    specially those in the current USA summer storm season :)
    I will continue to suffer from SDS (Storm Deprivation Sydnrome) till our spring rolls around ;)

    cheers
    Dave N
    Sydney
    Oz

  • mark June 5, 2010 03:52 am

    amazing images, I am quite afraid to go out and take pictures during lighting.

  • shnnon April 27, 2010 12:15 pm

    wow what good pictures

  • PatchMaster February 28, 2010 01:10 am

    The PatchMaster Lightning Capture! is an extremely sensitive device to detect lightning events designed to help photographers take lightning photos during day or night. The device has been designed based on microcontroller technology and has a response (lag) time in microseconds level. This is more than enough to capture the lightning events. You can visit the following link for more information:

    http://shop.ebay.com/patch_master/m.html?_dmd=1&_ipg=50&_sop=1&_rdc=1

  • medyum February 20, 2010 08:58 am

    Great shots. Sometimes single strokes of lightning are also beautiful. And not too far away, as in this shot I took from our balcony this summer.

    Read more: http://digital-photography-school.com/15-spectacular-lightning-images#ixzz0g1dy2s3x

  • Kid birthday party February 15, 2010 11:48 pm

    This post is my favourite on your blog!

  • vilas February 11, 2010 01:10 am

    I wasfrightenned to see those pix. How can one take these pix? It looks artificial. Can't believe in it!

  • kapadokya January 23, 2010 01:03 am

    I read somewhere that most photos of lightning are actually single frames from insanely high quality movies. It’s too hard to time it right so photographers just video tape it with a high quality camera and then pick out the individual frames with lightning in them.

  • sandro January 13, 2010 06:08 am

    beaultiful,fantastic,very good falo muito pouco ingles escrevo menos ainda mas a natureza é realmente divina
    godbye.

  • Vipul Dand January 7, 2010 10:53 pm

    Never seen such a beauty inlightings

  • araç sorgulama December 29, 2009 08:10 pm

    I read somewhere that most photos of lightning are actually single frames from insanely high quality movies. It’s too hard to time it right so photographers just video tape it with a high quality camera and then pick out the individual frames with lightning in them.

  • html to pdf converter December 10, 2009 08:58 pm

    really great images on this blog.....!

  • Awsomest person in the world December 2, 2009 07:53 am

    These pictures are awsome, LIKE ME! Well almost.

  • Jordan Pruit December 2, 2009 07:50 am

    whats cools real name?

  • Jordan Pruit December 2, 2009 07:49 am

    Wicked storm shots

  • expert witness November 18, 2009 10:13 pm

    I also thought about posting a shot of myself…but will wait, because now I realize that my weight and stress of it has caused a medical condition I have to take care of…you have been inspiring to me with the post and all!

  • Jazz October 20, 2009 01:03 am

    Wow ..!

    So Cool Images Wonderful..!

    Nice Blog..!

    If you have time please visite my blog Amazing World Thanks for Share

  • Stan October 19, 2009 07:24 am

    Most of the photos aren't real photos...there is no such wide lightings on the earth maybe other planets....just photoshop drawings...

  • expert witness October 2, 2009 05:10 pm

    wow, wonderful images. it is great to see. i think it is photo shoped, but it's amazing .

  • Diggs September 29, 2009 07:37 pm

    wawas, wonderful images. it is great to see. i think it is photo shoped, but it's amazing .

  • nutrabrite September 27, 2009 12:06 pm

    really awesome. Great photos. I gonna make it wallpaper of my own.

  • Kelly September 22, 2009 11:05 pm

    Just sitting through a storm in canberra at the moment hoping for a shot but alas, all sheet lightning so far

  • telefon dinleme September 22, 2009 10:32 am

    These are awesome, I had no idea lightening could be so wide when striking the ground, check out the one with the plane in front of it. Very cool post!
    telefon dinleme

  • monica September 1, 2009 03:05 am

    Wonderful pictures!!! there are very few good ones on the web and very difficult to find. Well done!

  • regina August 27, 2009 11:02 am

    these photos are so cool. I hope i can start to take photos this these if anyone has any photos can u send me some or tips on some so i cantake better photos

  • uin August 26, 2009 11:15 am

    and one of mine :)

    http://uin.deviantart.com/art/Flash-127516234

    shameless self promotion never heart...me...yet

  • medyum August 24, 2009 10:50 pm

    Great shots. Sometimes single strokes of lightning are also beautiful. And not too far away, as in this shot I took from our balcony this summer.

    Read more: http://digital-photography-school.com/15-spectacular-lightning-images#ixzz0P6WwAvQu

  • cool July 22, 2009 01:53 pm

    this is how I felt about the photos (*u*)

  • cool July 22, 2009 01:47 pm

    it is so cool cause... um... everything!!!

  • jellyjames April 7, 2009 11:07 pm

    I love those photographs! i don't care if it is manipulated or not what's best is somebody would teach me how to do it in my DSLR and on photoshop.

  • Scott Holder April 6, 2009 01:28 pm

    Regarding the halos in the first photo, there are similar effects in some of the other photos. I believe the halos are the result of the lightning reflecting of moisture or clouds near by. The first photo is of Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong frequently has very low-lying cloud cover, which is often made to glow by the tall skyscrapers. I think what we are seeing here is refections of the lightning on the bottom of clouds just over head.

  • jody April 6, 2009 12:05 pm

    I didn't read this before I took this last week...but I think it came out pretty neat. =)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jodyangel/3402658928/

  • horuskol April 6, 2009 11:15 am

    Y'know - we live in a pretty awesome world... and those pictures are astoundingly good examples of it. Well done to the photographers.
    Just one thing - I wouldn't liked to have been on that plane!!

  • William Perugini April 6, 2009 06:30 am

    mine...
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/william87/3024483161/in/set-72157611100462621/

  • Rebecca April 6, 2009 03:49 am

    I love watching lighting in the sky as long as it's not to near to me.

  • chgffdbfjhygv February 19, 2009 10:40 am

    those pics. are so totally awesom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mark Greenmantle January 8, 2009 04:44 pm

    @ Chris, most captures you might see on the news television might be but most people who chase storms as a hobby do not have access to very high speed and low light video equipment. Instead, a series of long exposures are usually taken to balance the ambient light to the occasional flashes of lightning.

    I chased another storm a while back and captured the following shots in and around Brisbane.
    here: http://www.greenmantle.biz/20081203Storm/

  • Chris January 7, 2009 10:03 pm

    I read somewhere that most photos of lightning are actually single frames from insanely high quality movies. It's too hard to time it right so photographers just video tape it with a high quality camera and then pick out the individual frames with lightning in them.

  • Belmos December 23, 2008 04:39 pm

    wow, wonderful images. it is great to see. i think it is photoshoped, but it is amazing.

  • Michela November 20, 2008 01:03 am

    Wow, those are amazing.

    I'm no photographer, but I took a photo of a water droplet with a plain digital camera the other day and it was beautiful. Couldnt believe that it came out as well as it did. Anyway, hats off to you guys who take such briliant shots!!!

  • zooore October 21, 2008 03:40 am

    WooooooooW great i like lightning photo`s here are some more :D http://www.the-amazing.com/?p=57

  • bogart September 1, 2008 10:46 am

    wow great pics.. i just wondering what iso and shutter speed were used. Even the composition is excellent.

  • Dainis Graveris September 1, 2008 06:15 am

    Looks like PhotoShop effects although these are not..:) Great yeah :)

  • Joel Hanger August 30, 2008 01:25 am

    There is nothing like some amazing lightning strikes caught on film (or sensor :P)! I've been taking lightning strike photo's for years and it's actually not as hard as many may think. If you even have a point and shoot camera it can be achieved! If you want to learn some tips and techniques you can check out my blog: http://jhanger.blogpspot.com/ and learn some of the techniques as well as see some of the great lightning bolts that I've captured! We just had a storm so will be posting more images soon! :)

  • khristian snyder August 29, 2008 01:43 am

    Lightning is probably my favorite thing to photograph! Daytime is tricky but night is very easy. I have some lightning photos at www.khristian.com

  • Smart Boy August 28, 2008 04:38 pm

    Thank you for compiling this wonderful post - with spectacular imagery; their absolutely amazing. My hat tips off to the fine photographers!

  • Bart August 28, 2008 08:20 am

    These are amazing photos. It's great to see camera technology advancing to the level necessary to capture this type of natural phenomena. Not very long ago, these types of images would have been impossible.

  • Derek August 27, 2008 12:07 pm

    Just spectacular!Leaves one in awe.

  • Derek August 27, 2008 11:53 am

    Just spectacular! Leaves onr in awe.

  • JohnA August 27, 2008 06:12 am

    I'll throw this up here -- a recent lightning shot I took:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jabella/2706943521/

  • BDot August 27, 2008 06:09 am

    Very nice pics.

    I don't know much about photography but is there anyway to "upsize" these so I can use them as a wallpaper?

  • Ruby August 27, 2008 06:09 am

    these are great pics.Nature at its best!

  • Fubiz August 27, 2008 05:25 am

    Beautiful shoot!

  • Sam Karathanos August 27, 2008 12:27 am

    Beautiful!

  • Cool Stuff August 27, 2008 12:15 am

    These are awesome, i'd love to see something like that in real life. Check out this page for more lightening pictures:
    http://www.collthings.co.uk/2008/06/lightning-frightening-pics.html

  • Kid Tech Guru August 26, 2008 10:36 pm

    Great photos but it somehow look scary...LOL!

    www.KidTechGuru.blogspot.com

  • Sayan August 26, 2008 10:25 pm

    Amazing photo

  • Ralph Dickson August 26, 2008 09:28 pm

    Absolutely fabulous photos. Very nice indeed. www.useurl.us/17n

  • james August 26, 2008 07:37 pm

    I have a couple great shots of lightning as well Amazing Lightning Pictures You can view them here at more then 20 pic http://somethinbeautiful.blogspot.com/2008/08/amazing-lightning-pictures.html

  • David August 26, 2008 03:31 pm

    Spectacular photos!

    This video of lighting is also quite spectacular, taken at 7,200 frames per second:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm7--Q9-OH8

  • Ross August 26, 2008 02:45 pm

    It would be better if they were all real and not photo"chopped"

  • Chris D. August 26, 2008 02:43 pm

    Those are some wonderful shots. I think I'll share them with my readers. Thanks.

  • PureDezigner August 26, 2008 01:10 pm

    These are awesome, I had no idea lightening could be so wide when striking the ground, check out the one with the plane in front of it. Very cool post!

  • Caitlyn I. August 26, 2008 12:58 pm

    This are all terrific photos; well done, guys! I must say though that I love city photos with lighting in the back. They have always been some of my favorite types of photos.

  • Kristi August 26, 2008 09:28 am

    These shots are amazing. I love lightning, especially around monsoon season here in Arizona.

  • Tom August 26, 2008 06:04 am

    I shot the last Seattle lightning storm from a beach near my house. It was a great location because I had the entire seattle skyline to work with. The only problem was that even though my camera was on a tripod, with a remote release locked to shoot 30" exposures one after the other (No human intervention), I somehow still got some motion blur. I'm not sure if it was waves coming on shore, because I was on a concrete structure, or if it was the force of the actual lightning.

    Either way, it still came out, and is such a great thing for every photographer to experience.

    Just try to stay away from your lightning rod aka tripod when you shoot :D

  • Dane Deasy August 26, 2008 12:04 am

    I have a couple great shots of lightning as well that I would love to share. You can view them here at flickr:

    http://flickr.com/photos/aphony/sets/72157606620305877/

  • Pete Langlois August 25, 2008 11:53 pm

    Great shots, we don't get much crazy lightning around here in New Hampshire other than the recent Tornado generating storm and I wasn't about to sit outside and get killed.

    Pete
    http://www.petelanglois.net

  • Andy August 25, 2008 11:32 pm

    Something jogs my memory from schooldays,

    Is there not an effect (phenomenon) around a large electrical discharge such as lightning???

    Think it is called something like "plasma", "corona" or "aurorae"????

    The pic may be genuine so don't go shooting your mouths off until proven otherwise!!!!

  • nedyalko August 25, 2008 09:10 pm

    http://flickr.com/photos/nedyalko/2754551452/
    http://flickr.com/photos/nedyalko/2679288700/
    http://flickr.com/photos/nedyalko/2697594151/
    http://flickr.com/photos/nedyalko/2676658896/
    http://flickr.com/photos/nedyalko/2637577144/

    GREAT SHOTS OF GENTLE LIGHTS

  • nedyalko August 25, 2008 09:07 pm

    I've few more here

  • Stephen August 25, 2008 04:52 am

    They're pretty amazing - now if only there was ever lightning in Ireland...

  • Kushan June 27, 2008 10:20 pm

    xtremely good photography at right moment atright place.those are really appreciable.

  • Kristy June 16, 2008 01:40 pm

    Those photo's look amazing!!!

  • Ashim March 16, 2008 03:40 am

    great to see ..what nature give us...feel so good when lightning actually happens....thrilling,,,,,,,,,,loved these pictures

  • Bill January 31, 2008 12:58 am

    Great picture I love a good lightning storm

  • reutC December 7, 2007 08:04 am

    I'm one of the photographers.. surprised to see my photo here, thanks to whoever chose it.. :P
    just wanted to say i wasn't taken with a DSLR camera or anything, and also that it wasn't photoshopped at all. just held my little casio exilim as steady as i could on the longest shutter speed it could give and waited patiently. result was as is.

    i later bought a canon s3 which is a better camera, although still not an slr. happened to receive it on a stormy day, and so put it on a tripod and the first picture i took with it caught this lightning:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/reutc/346709427/
    again, not photoshopped at all.. these are the great colours the camera gave. :)

  • pink December 2, 2007 12:27 pm

    a few of the above do indefinately look to be a bit photoshoped, cropped, or add in's. otherwise there amazing photos

  • Jicho November 29, 2007 03:38 am

    These pictures are great!! Fantastic! Congrats!

  • Claudia November 12, 2007 07:42 am

    Great shots. Sometimes single strokes of lightning are also beautiful. And not too far away, as in this shot I took from our balcony this summer.

  • photofun November 10, 2007 11:42 am

    These are amazing. I feel like I've been missing out on something. Lightening where I live is pretty mild compared to these shots!

  • Bbcversus November 10, 2007 02:49 am

    Fantastic!

  • Mark Greenmantle November 9, 2007 07:01 am

    In answer to Andrea's query regarding the halo effect around the lightning in the top photo, lightning appears to have a halo when captured while if is going through thin wispy cloud or through rain. This may have been accentuated by what appears to be a strong contrast adjustment in the image and perhaps some white balance adjustment.

  • CK-II November 9, 2007 12:08 am

    Those are really stunning shots. Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Darren November 8, 2007 09:19 pm

    Conchis - I'm not sure what happened to your first comment. Sometimes our spam filter falsely marks some comments as spam. I'm not sure if this happened in this occasion. Can I ask - did you include a link in your last comment? Some links seem to trigger it.

    We don't actually censor comments - unless they are racist, personal attacks or spam etc. We value different opinion and voices. You're free to say what you wish - all we ask is that you be constructive and respectful of others.

  • Conchis November 8, 2007 08:45 pm

    My reply just got bumped because I pointed out that there were some fake lightning pics above.. that sux as an editor policy! Just plain censorship!

    /Conchis :(

  • drec November 8, 2007 02:28 pm

    check out www.weatherscapes.com and read his technique section- might explain the halo section in first photo too

  • Echo9er November 8, 2007 11:57 am

    First may I say thank-you for including a photo from my Flickr stream in this post. I was a little taken back.

    Second. I am not the photographer of that picture. The photo is a Department of Defense photo that is rightfully credited in the comment below the picture. I thought the photo was rather amazing and put it in my Flickr to share with others. I have the highest regard for the photographers that take these pictures for the Armed Services. many of them are pretty darn awesome.

    I hope I have not caused any mistrust to anyone viewing DPS.

    Thank you for your understanding.

  • digi.film November 8, 2007 09:42 am

    I can almost hear and feel the crackling!!! Great captures!!

    Once... a "bit" ago, I stuck my Yashicamat out on the balcony during an electrical storm at night, turned off all the interior lights, and just locked the shutter open for awhile. Must get those scanned soon!!

  • C November 8, 2007 07:51 am

    So the next post will have to be a tutorial on taking lightning shots then? :)

  • Beyond Megapixels November 8, 2007 06:31 am

    Great photos! I'm wondering the same thing as Andrea. Too much color manipulation? -Lisa

  • PerJr November 8, 2007 05:02 am

    Wooah - thoose pictures are awsome!

  • Andrea November 8, 2007 03:44 am

    Why are there halos around the lightning in the photo at the top? None of the other photos have anything similar. Was the lightning cloned in?

  • Will November 8, 2007 02:58 am

    Nice photos... you can also photograph lightning using a high-speed, light sensitive trigger such as: http://lightningtrigger.com/

  • Klaidas November 8, 2007 01:34 am

    Yay, dramatic photos :]
    Lightning is probably one of the coolest things to capture, at least while starting with DSLRs


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