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Plains of Thunder [Prints, iPhone/iPod cases] by James Cole

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A lot of my artwork has written works of fiction to go with it and code to freely embed in your own web site. To read the story, get the code and find out more about this image and visit Plaind of Thunder

While driving from Melbourne to Ballarat with my beautiful girlfriend Louise (a great photographer in her own right), this amazing electrical storm took form across the farmlands. Wanting to get to Ballarat and chill out I was umming and ahhing about pulling over until Lousie convinced me to take a few shots. I pulled off the freeway and drove for a bit up a country road until I found a good spot with an open view. We climbed up a small hill and set up the camera taking a number of shots.

This image was constructed in Photoshop from four separate exposures to combine four different bolts of lightning into the one image.
Finally the combination of being lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and having learned the required skills (after many, many failures), and having the right company pushing me along (thanks baby), I think I achieved capturing and creating something special.

Camera Specs:
Exposures – 4
Camera – Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens – Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Focal length – 24mm
Exposure – f/22
ISO – 100
Shutter – 0.8sec

Featured in;
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© James Cole


  • Larry Llewellyn
    Larry Llewellynover 3 years ago

    The best… a true artist! Instant fav!

  • Thank you Larry

    – James Cole

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamover 3 years ago

    magnifico – awesome pic !

  • Thanks Dean

    – James Cole

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiover 3 years ago

    Lucky you…….awesome sight and great treatment

  • Indeed :) Thanks Hans

    – James Cole

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 3 years ago

    You sure did! This is outstanding! Well done!

  • I appreciate that, thanks Maree

    – James Cole

  • supergold
    supergoldover 3 years ago

    great capture

  • Thanks

    – James Cole

  • David Geoffrey Gosling (Dave Gosling)
    David Geoffrey...over 3 years ago

    Outstanding! Anyone who knows how hard it is capture this would be in awe!!

  • Thanks David, really appreciate the comment.

    – James Cole

  • Murph2010
    Murph2010over 3 years ago

    This is fantastic!!! So full of drama, and your pano was composed perfectly around that intense stormcloud! Love all those lightning strikes! Perfect!

  • Thank you so much :)

    – James Cole

  • Kris Montgomery
    Kris Montgomeryover 3 years ago

    Special indeed James! Superb capture & processing!

  • Thanks Kris :)

    – James Cole

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 3 years ago

    Awesome viewing well done James.

  • Than you Steven

    – James Cole

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 3 years ago


  • Thanks

    – James Cole

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