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Stary sky above but not where the camera is pointed. About 10pm.
Rolleiflex 6006, 50mm Rolligon Lens, f11, Fuji NHG 400 ASA and who knows what the exposure time was.

The main strike was over 30km away and took out the power to the town it was over. In a whole roll of film this was the strike that drained the fierceness out of the storm – you know, its final big bang.

Taken from Yungaburra, Far Nrth Qld – Storm was over Mareeba.

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  • Naylor
    Nayloralmost 7 years ago

    OMG this is soooooo beautiful !!!!!!!! look at how it lights up the sky !!! Perfect timing on this …
    I love how the car lights are so bright against the shadow of the trees and houses… Hope no one got hurt in this storm !!! WOOOOOW great shot !!

  • gerilou
    geriloualmost 7 years ago

    wow this is amazing shot…

  • inexistentia
    inexistentiaalmost 7 years ago

    Unbelievable. This is one of the best shots I have seen in a long time.

  • Ta mate – I look at your stuff and I’m gobsmacked. So a compliment from you is a compliment indeed!

    – Chris Cohen

  • ferndesign
    ferndesignalmost 7 years ago

    wow stunning work so well done

  • SD Smart
    SD Smartalmost 7 years ago

    Amazing strike… I think its the light and glow in the clouds that really makes the image though.

  • melbourneguy75
    melbourneguy75almost 7 years ago

    This shot is absolutely amazing… awesome nature image.

  • Zaldy Infante
    Zaldy Infantealmost 7 years ago


  • Michael  Bermingham
    Michael Bermi...almost 7 years ago

    What a real Beauty!!!!
    Such a majestic Bolt is rarely captured…And On FILM?!!!…WOW

  • " and on film?!!! "? There were other photographic mediums then (late 90s)? Of course it was on filum! I’ve been playing with digital lately from phd’s to professional but seriously considering resurecting the old Rolleis and using Velvia and buying a serious scanner – bu**er 12 megapixels and no grain! What about tonal gradation? I had afriend who used a Graflex Press Camera (5 × 4 inch) and he used to say " the negs were so sharp you could cut your fingers on the image ". I liked Sid.

    – Chris Cohen

  • Rikki  Pool
    Rikki Poolalmost 7 years ago

    Insane power in that shot!

  • Michael  Bermingham
    Michael Bermi...almost 7 years ago

    I didnt know it was the late 90’s!!
    Lightning photography with film is always a shot in the dark (pardon the pun) I used to use my archaic CANON AE1 Program to shoot lightning, but you never knew if you had anything good or not.
    Cant beat digital (IMHO) i’m afraid…

  • 400 asa = f11 as long as it was really dark – shutter about 30~60 secs. No mystery, works every time (except the times it didn’t of course)

    – Chris Cohen

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