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At last! We’ve had four brilliant storms through here in the last few weeks and I’ve missed each of them. Man these have been tricky buggers – short, very violent, straight overhead – and I’ve miss-timed them each time. The problem has been go out too early and the gear gets soaked and you can’t photograph anyway because of the rain. Leave it a few minutes tool late and that’s it – show’s over folks.
Three times I’ve gone tearing out as the rain eases off with huge, spectacular bolts going off all around and then when I get the tripod out EACH TIME (I kid you not) the moment the camera has gone on the tripod that’s it – the bolts stop dead. I have been teased mercilessly! But this time – gotcha!
This is a single exposure. Two bolts on either side and one overhead – doorway or what!!
And to get an idea of the scale of these bolts those lights off to the left are perched on top of 100m cliffs. And the reddish clouds on the left are reflecting the light from Sydney which is just out of shot.
Taken on the track to Bundeena Cliffs, Royal National Park, Sydney Australia

Canon 1Ds MkIII
Tv: 30secs
Av: f/5.0
ISO: 200
FL: 45mm


  • Michael  Bermingham
    Michael Bermi...over 5 years ago

    Bloody Norah!!!!

  • Michael  Bermingham
    Michael Bermi...over 5 years ago

    The one over the top looks like a cable supplying the power!!

  • Thanks Michael – so glad the lightning master likes this one. I couldn’t believe it when these went off soon after I started shooting.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenover 5 years ago

    Wow Awesome capture….You have done really well getting this shot.

  • Thanks John – very much appreciated.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Juilee  Pryor
    Juilee Pryorover 5 years ago

    wow that is spectacular Geoff….. amazing

  • Thanks Juilee – it was quite a spectacle.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanover 5 years ago

    Incredibly captured Geoff (as always) – we’ve had a couple in the past 2 nights but they’ve disappeared within minutes.

    Love that band of lighting across the top which gives the impression that the lightnings all one circle

  • Thanks Stuart – I couldn’t believe it when this happened – looks like a lightning doorway to me. Yes they are speedy at the moment – completely different to the previous storms I’ve photographed.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • igotmeacanon
    igotmeacanonover 5 years ago

    god i want to get a shot like this…stunning work mate

  • Thank you – can’t wait to see it when you do.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Raquel O'Neill
    Raquel O'Neillover 5 years ago


  • Ta muchly.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Barnesy
    Barnesyover 5 years ago

    Awesome Geoff……the one night i dont have my gear with me there is a spectacular storm just off shore…oh well…yet another great photograph from you….well done…..:)

  • Thanks mate – it is incredibly frustrating when that happens.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Lorraine Creagh
    Lorraine Creaghover 5 years ago

    Fantastic….not an easy shot to get. So well done.

  • It sure wasn’t let me tell you lol. Thanks Lorraine.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Robert Mullner
    Robert Mullnerover 5 years ago

    Just superb Geoff…in every way..awesome capture..

  • Ta mate – so glad you like it.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

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