I took this last December, just before New Years Eve. It was a fantastic storm season and I spent hours on the balcony, or at my bedroom window, trying to get lightning shots. I think I had just about got the hang of it when the storms stopped for the year. Bummer! However, I was lucky enough to catch this beauty as it hit the spire of the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia.
It knocked the light out on the top of the spire and caused a short blackout throughout the whole building. I was hoping to see someone climb the spire to replace the light bulb, but alas, once more I was to be disappointed. (lol).

Canon EOS 40D. Canon EF 28-135mm IS
42 sec shutter speed.


city, gold coast, lightning, night, storm, surfers paradise

I am an avid photographer of 60+ and will shoot just about anything, although I’m not so good at moving objects. Anything faster than a snail leaves me for dead. (haha) I do prefer natural landscapes over urban ones but, really, nothing is safe from my lens. I also enjoy turning my failed images, and there are lots, into digital art.

In 2014 I started dabbling in Fractal Art using Apophysis 7x to satisfy my creative urges on the days when I can’t take photos.

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  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeabout 5 years ago

    Excellent shot, Ann, perfect timing!

  • Thank you, David. I can’t wait till the next storm season to start. We get some great light shows from our Eagles Nest.:)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariabout 5 years ago

    Stunning shot Ann! Superb! (basically typical Ann Van Breemen, you clever girl, you!!) This is amazing! I remember this storm, and the coverage in the papers too! Vicki :)

  • Thanks Vicki. I’ll have to make you the President of my fan club!! I’ve got lots of fans. Some Japanese ones, some ceiling ones, a couple of oscillating, and a table fan.(lol)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • D Byrne
    D Byrneabout 5 years ago

    That’s cheating. You could join me out in the open, same target. I’ll hold the umbrella.

  • I think I’ll pass on that, if you don’t mind. I find I’m slightly allergic to getting hit by lightning. I’m easily shocked.(lol)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariabout 5 years ago

    LOL at Ann, and then at Drec!! Make sure he is holding the umbrella above his head, and high!!! He might be holding it from the car with a remote control and a stick!!! :)))

  • Chris Begg
    Chris Beggabout 5 years ago

    That’s an awesome photo! I’ve seen the lightning hit it, but it has never looked as spectacular as this! Good work!

  • Thank you Chris. It is pretty amazing to see, and hear.:)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • karentillotson
    karentillotsonabout 5 years ago

    Wow…what an AMAZING shot!!! Well done!

  • Paul Manning
    Paul Manningabout 5 years ago

    sensational! cheers Paul

  • Brian Dodd
    Brian Doddabout 5 years ago

    Wow…. Amazing Capture!!!!

  • Tanya  Snowden
    Tanya Snowdenabout 5 years ago

    Wow, stunning shot! Well done!

  • Sonya Byrne
    Sonya Byrneabout 5 years ago

    That’s a pretty cool shot

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