In the Beginning... by Geoff  Coleman - Landscapes

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It fascinates me how creation myths and evolutionary thought seem to converge around the possibility of a spark such as this igniting life.
Taken off the “Balcony” – a beautiful section of coastal cliffs in Royal National Park just south of Sydney Australia during a spectacular storm. I’ve shot about half a dozen storms here this year. The others all drifted out to sea which made them nice and safe and easy to photo so I got lulled into a false sense of security with this one. It decided to head straight up to where I was photographing and at one stage I had to hide under a rock overhang with bolts going off all around – deeply scary but wouldn’t have missed it for anything – a magic night of biblical proportions I can tell you and one I’ll never forget. More in this series coming shortly.
Canon 30D
Tv: 30s
Av: f3.5
ISO: 100
FL: 17mm


  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...about 7 years ago

    Fantastic capture Geoff. Beautiful!

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

    This shot has incredibly dramatic lighting ( thats not a misprint) The way the foreground, coast, water and sky are lit. is breathtaking.
    Great stuff!

  • Sharon Hammond
    Sharon Hammondabout 7 years ago

    A ripper image.

  • Geoff  Coleman - Landscapes
    Geoff Coleman...about 7 years ago

    Whoa you folks are quick – thank you for your lovely comments

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 7 years ago


  • Tony Middleton
    Tony Middletonabout 7 years ago

    This looks very spectacular Geoff ! the colours are amazing too.Did you crop this at all? If so I’d also love to see the full version.


  • Lindsay Knowles
    Lindsay Knowlesabout 7 years ago

    Brilliant Geoff

  • Varinia   - Globalphotos
    Varinia - Gl...about 7 years ago

    Wow, amazing capture, would have loved to have witnessed this :)) Scary but magic !!!!

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1about 7 years ago

    wht a spectacular result but do take care!

  • Geoff  Coleman - Landscapes
    Geoff Coleman...about 7 years ago

    Thanks Antanas.
    Tony – yeah it’s about a quarter of the original shot. Love to show you it but don’t know how to post it into the comments box. Any suggestions? It was one of those “I can’t believe this…” shots. I was just setting up the camera and because it was night I couldn’t seen anything through the viewfinder so just pointed the camera vaguely in the direction I’d seen the lightning flashing just to get a shot to sort out my composition, level horizon. focal length, etc. That’s how I shoot at night – take a shot, look at it on the LCD, make the relevant adjustments, take another shot, etc until I get it right. Then I take the shot I want. So this was my first set-up shot for the night and of course this lightning bolt chose to go off just then and right at the extreme edge of the frame (the original was in landscape mode) lol. So believe me it took some surgery to get it up to this point I can tell you lol!!

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