May 21 2010

The Beauty of Lightning Photography: A Bolt From The Blue

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Scientifically speaking, lightning is an abrupt electric discharge from cloud to cloud or from cloud to earth accompanied by the emission of light. But for photographers it is a beautiful creation from Mother Nature. Lightning occurs during a storm resulting from strong rising air currents; heavy rain or hail along with thunder and sometimes during volcanic eruptions or dust storms. Mother Nature pigments an galvanic blue sky with a steep contrast of lightning.

Lightning is a mystifying and breathtaking sight to observeiew. For taking a perfect shot, you must focus on Shutter Speed, Second Aperture and Focal Length. Today we have come up with some dazzling examples of lightning.

Stunning Examples of Lightning Photography

Big storm 2

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Swan Song Arizona

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The Blitz

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Lightning From Cloud

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Picacho Illumination Arizona

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twas a dark and stormy night

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Thunderbolt over the sea

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Beyond Organ Pipe Arizona

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Million Volt Curtain Arizona

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Lightning Sunset

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Don Naumann’s Lightning Photography

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Lightning

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Night Thunderstorm

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Lightning

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Lightning in the Baltic Sea

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Lightning Strikes Cheney

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3 lightning

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Thunderstorm

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The Anger of Zeus

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Lightning Blue

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Nature’s Omnipotent Power

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Source

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Lightning

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Lightning Over Miramare Di Rimini Italy

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Anger

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Lightning chilth

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Lightning

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A33 Storm

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Lightning Cross, Arizona

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Thunderstorm over Florence

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lake ontario

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Lightnings

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Lightning Original

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Lightning Sky, Nebraska, 1996

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Przemyslaw Wielicki

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Apocalypse

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Eruption lightning at Krakatau

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Comments and Discussions
  • Jordan Walker, 21 May 2010

    If only we could learn to harness and store that energy.

    • Jamie, 21 May 2010

      Excellent idea. But how would you generate it? Can you store it? Ah – enough worry about the details! Lets get going on that Flux Capacitor working model………

  • rod rodriguez, 21 May 2010

    that’s a lot of natural power right there, great shots, awesome compilation, thanks for this article…

  • Gaurav, 21 May 2010

    Awesome collection!!!
    hats off to the photographers who takes so much pain in finding out best shots for us.

  • esranull, 21 May 2010

    wooow it is very natural and nice photo thanks a lot

  • Scott Corgan, 21 May 2010

    They look so good that I almost feel like it’s dangerous to be on the computer just looking at them. Where’s the thunder?!

    :)

  • DC, 21 May 2010

    These are “Shocking!” ;D

  • Jack Lucky, 21 May 2010

    Superb! What type of camera did they use to capture “Lightning”?

  • Jamie, 21 May 2010

    Striking!! (had to add an obvious pun)

    • Jamie, 21 May 2010

      @Jordan Walker: excellent concept – any ideas?? I am thinking Flux Capacitor……………..?

  • element321, 21 May 2010

    I love lighting photography. These pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  • Nikesh, 22 May 2010

    Truly awesome collection…

  • Nicolas, 22 May 2010

    Gorgeous!

  • Hamad, 22 May 2010

    Electrifying!!!

  • Naeem, 22 May 2010

    Nice shots!

  • NS, 22 May 2010

    Nice collection, my vote is for “Thunderstorm”

  • Ray, 23 May 2010

    He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven
    and sends it to the ends of the earth.

    Job 37:3

  • Kaffebønner, 23 May 2010

    Wauuuu – amazing :-)
    The first picture is my favorite!

  • baca, 24 May 2010

    amazing pictures :) really

  • Andris, 24 May 2010

    Last year I was able to take some pictures of lightnings, too. But the ones you listed here are way better. Nevertheless here are mine: http://andrislinz.ch/lightnings-over-langendorf

  • Kennith Kalb, 25 May 2010

    Your information here is amazing and wicked. So happy to be a daily reader!

  • wildling2, 25 May 2010

    awesome shots! love every one of them! Wish I could do the same.

  • samer, 26 May 2010

    nice. but not real.

  • Tony Compola, 27 May 2010

    Man at times is able to believe he is bigger than we really are due to the accomplishments he makes. We need to see something so awesome to bring us down to earth and realize how small we really are;and how helpless we can be compared to Mother Nature and Almighty God.Gazing at these pictures certainly solves the problem of thinking I”m bigger than I really am.Powerful and awesome;no doubt.

  • Lore Bourquin, 27 November 2010

    Read this comment carefully – it’s not on topic it’s just a little something to give you a smile and say thanks for your hard work on this blog!

    A weekend wasted isn’t a wasted weekend. :)

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  • George Bailey, 22 September 2012

    Really lovely masterpieces. These photographers deserve a word of appreciation. I really love these lightning photography images.

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