Story Bridge - Brisbane by Adam Gormley

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Brisbane City by night, heavy storm showers passing over all evening make for some dramatic skies as the city lights illuminate the rain drenched clouds.

I’m going to be honest here with the lightning bolt, I was taking a long f22 shot, and while the image was soaking, I saw a couple flashes in the sky. One of them was over the city. I checked the image on the preview, and noticed nothing. When I viewed the image at home full size, I noticed a faint lightning bolt. I enhanced the bolt for effect, due to having the wrong settings for capturing bolts. I did not expect to see lightning out of heavy rain clouds. Checking the lightning radar afterwards, they did produce quite a few strikes.

My luck had not been with me this day previous to this shot, as I drove 4 hours to Lamington National Park, and had planned to stay the weekend there, to explore the waterfalls in the area. After making the 3 hour soaking trek around Purlingbrook Falls, we decided to go home with our 20 leech bites, and several mozzie bites. On the news Sunday night, we hear they had record falls in the area, with over 300mm of rain falling on the Saturday night, and much of the tracks were flooded out.. I made the right call to go home, and I captured this shot as a bonus. I guess in the end, I was lucky!

Brisbane City, looking over the Storey Bridge. Queensland, Australia.


  • karentillotson
    karentillotsonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Adam!

  • Graham Mewburn
    Graham Mewburnover 4 years ago

    I viewed STOREY BRIDGE Large
    it is magnificent Adam
    and the lightning is going to a lightning tower – amazing
    a fav

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 4 years ago

    Elegant capture

  • Joel Hall
    Joel Hallover 4 years ago

    Awesome shot Adam! It may be worth the trip!

  • martinilogic
    martinilogicover 4 years ago

    What a fantastic capture. Wow

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisover 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot Adam!! Looks amazing in larger view!! :o)

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago


  • Gene Walls
    Gene Wallsover 4 years ago

    This is totally stunning, Adam!

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 4 years ago

    This is a top shot, beautiful and elemental

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