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The big catch

The big catch
Informação sobre a Foto
Direitos de Autor: Jan Erasmus (Popye) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 154] (802)
Género: Lugares
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2007-01-30
Categorias: Decisive Moment
Câmara: Nikon D200, Nikkor AF 24-120mm
Exposição: f/8
More Photo Info: [view]
Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Tema(s): wow ! [view contributor(s)]
Data de Submissão: 2007-04-29 13:44
Visto: 4679
Favoritos: 2 [ver]
Pontos: 56
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
This is another photo of the rain storm we got in January.This is one of those moments that really got me scared, but also made me realise with great respect what the Hand above can do.
As you can see, the little lightning that came out of this big one, was not so little at all, but the big one was so bright, it actually blinded me for a while, and thats when I packed my gear and went home.
On the left you will see another light, and I do not know what it was, but I think it was a powerstation that got struck by the lightning.After a minute or so, the light went out.
Enjoy the wonder of nature, and feel free to comment.

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  • kitka Gold Star Critiquer [C: 172 W: 71 N: 184] (2196)
  • [2007-04-29 13:47]

Hello Jan! This is amazing! Not only your picure (it is perfect of course:-)), but so strong lightening? I hope you were under roof...
Great great photo. Thanks (I am not surprised this was scared you).
Have a good day.

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  • strom Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 81 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-29 14:05]

amazing catch, wonderfull atmphere. I can smell the electricity in the air.

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  • tracer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 748 W: 45 N: 1650] (8284)
  • [2007-04-29 14:14]

wow Jan! a rare shot, yeah i have to insist.
this one is a million volts easy. just see the power of nature. this shot paid off very well.

wow is the thikest thunder I've ever seen!

amazing shot ...and what a storm!

Nice photo,it seems so scary and so great.

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  • Roly Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 4 N: 64] (587)
  • [2007-04-29 14:42]

Impressive capture, this is quite the lightning bolt. The tree line below and the cloud cover above add a lot to the image, and the exposure is very good indeed. It probably took a lot of tries (and luck) but it was worth it.

Hi there!
Looks VERY dramatic, and bloody scary!
I love the purplish colours, and your composition is also good.
You get 2 points from me just for bravery!
Well done!

It's verry amazing your capture. Verry spectaculous moment, good POV and composition...

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  • Brian Silver Star Critiquer [C: 11 W: 3 N: 7] (107)
  • [2007-04-29 15:05]

Hi Jan,

That is huge bolt. The largest I've every seen.. You captured it really well. Very sharp and clear. Yes it did strike a pole with a transformer on it. They have copper wire inside, and when they're hit they burn green. Awesome!


quelle décharge d'énergie pure, désolé mais ça je ne peut pas le dire en anglais ! bon sang quelle prise !!!
amazing !
great shot

hola! increible, me gustan muchisimo las tormentas electricas, es una excelente captura, te felicito!!

Wonderfull catch are u make.
It's verry amazing the moment, good contrast and image composition.
All the best, Iulian

Very good action shot.
Great !!!!!

Hello Jan!
Great catch!!!
Wonderful colours and clarity!
Excellent done!

Hi Jan,
Ouch!! I'm glad I wasn't any where near that!! Fantastic capture of Mother Nature at her most ferocious. Wonderful image and perfectly exposed. You're a braver person than me!!Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2007-04-29 23:31]

WOW great pic

Holy Moley! Best lighnting shot I ever seen!

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  • BMYNBR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 2 N: 129] (1409)
  • [2007-04-29 23:52]

WOW, great capture. Nice timing, and composition.
TFS Dave

Thats astonishing.
Great shot, I can just imagine how scary it might have been at that time.

Never seen such a "thick" lightning. The clouds seem very low.

This one deserves to be my no. 1 in my lightning theme.

Hi Jan,

WOW!! I'm scared too!!! :))
This is a fantastic photo of this lightning!! Excellent contrast and details!

Very very well done

WOW its really great and Nice shot. Keep it up. we would love to have mors pics on TL. TFS

Espectacular captura!!!

Hi Jan!!
Just amaizing shot. Grasp such moment very hard. Excellent realization. Congratulation. Regards Maciej

Wooo ! great catch !

I'd like to take such a picture, one day, maybe



Not much else I can say about this but WOW!

An absolute great image Jan; great light (or rather: lightning) and a good sharp one.


pts tomorrow

Merhaba JAN
Perfect time. Well done.
I like this photo. Thanks for sharring.


Hi Jan,

I just like your braveness to take photo during thunderstorm...

great photo

Amri HMS

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2008-05-06 4:43]

Nice shot...
Best regards...

This is definitely a WOW image! The bolt of lightning is amazing. I think it's great how you handled the light here. I have several lightening photos in my gallery and I think this one is better than any of mine!
I also agree with your decision to pack up your gear and go home. There becomes a time when photos are secondary and your life is in danger.
I have never left a lightning storm but I have been rained on and nearly struck by lightning. Thinking about it later it was not a good decision.
I LOVE the clouds here....obviously, the lightning bolt is great and you included some trees for scale. Nice work Jan....this is one to be proud of!


WOW ! That's bloody incredible ! LOve this scene.
Perfect title. A fantastic decisive moment well timed.
This is the power of the sky. I love the tones and this special atmosphere.

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