Darwin Lightning by Ern Mainka


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Monsoonal thunderstorm at 4am, Darwin.
Rollieflex SL66, Fuji Velvia film.

The orange color is created by smoke from fires which are common at that time of year. It is a time exposure though, so many of the ‘in cloud’ lightning flashes illuminate the cloud progressively during exposure of about 2-3 minutes. So it’s not exactly the same as what the eye sees at any one moment.

© Ern Mainka


lightning, thunderstorm, weather


  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiover 6 years ago

    Wow very impressive,even I would get out of bed for this at 4am.

  • SylviaHardy
    SylviaHardyover 6 years ago

    These are just so amazing!

  • velveteagle
    velveteagleover 6 years ago

    You must have fantastic dreams after work like this.. great stuff..

  • William Jackson Irish
    William Jackso...over 6 years ago

    high5 for you! great shot!!!!!

  • Kasey Lilly
    Kasey Lillyover 6 years ago

    good for you for being up that early to get an amazing photo.

  • mikrin
    mikrinover 6 years ago

    Wow that is just awesome….

  • Michelle Boyer
    Michelle Boyerover 6 years ago

    Amazing capture- well done!

  • Cory Frantz
    Cory Frantzover 6 years ago

    stunning! i wish i can someday capture something this amazing!

  • Kenneth Fugate
    Kenneth Fugateover 6 years ago

    very nice work love that you were wide and got all the cell in the shot

  • Sparrowing
    Sparrowingover 6 years ago

    Amazing shot!!

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