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Staccato lightning by Tony Middleton

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This is a great example of a staccato cloud to ground lightning strike (in this case cloud to sea). Staccato cloud-to-ground lightning is perhaps the most photogenic of all lightning. It is termed “staccato” because the lightning is comprised of just one single, rapid discharge and is typically accompanied by a myriad of interesting and intricate branching.

I caught this one at 5am just off the Warrnambool coast a couple of weeks ago – very nice !

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  • David Haworth
    David Haworthabout 5 years ago

    Nice work Tony. Lightning works without any other elements in the photo Cool.

  • thanks David !

    – Tony Middleton

  • Enivea
    Eniveaabout 5 years ago

    Great shot Tone! I had lightning here last night but must confess to staying inside! It lit up the whole area like it was daylight! Took out the power too!
    I do love images of lightning though and this is fabulous!

  • thanks Enivea :) You would have got some welcome rainfall too up your way ?


    – Tony Middleton

  • TheSpaniard
    TheSpaniardabout 5 years ago

    Wowww … stunning lighting captured! :)

  • thanks Spaniard – much appreciated :)

    – Tony Middleton

  • louise
    louiseabout 5 years ago

    Love the singular purity of this image Tony…

  • thanks Louise – simplicity works beautifully sometimes :)

    – Tony Middleton

  • Melinda Kerr
    Melinda Kerrabout 5 years ago

    That’s awesome Tony. How did you do it? Long exposure? Timing? Continuous shooting? I ask because I visit my brother a bit in colorado where they have amazing storms sometimes daily and I’d love any advice I can get. Great shot!

  • thanks Melinda ! Colorado gets plenty of awesome storms so just keep trying at the active par of the storm and get your timing right and you’ll get some crackers ! :)

    – Tony Middleton

  • Travis Easton
    Travis Eastonabout 5 years ago

    This is great Tone, I’ve never photographed lightening… I think my life is incomplete… haha

  • cheers Trav ! aint life strange… ;)

    – Tony Middleton

  • Peter Redmond
    Peter Redmondabout 5 years ago

    Marvellous Tony, well cpatured!
    Thanks also for the description.

  • thanks Peter – glad you enjoy the image and appreciate the information as well !

    – Tony Middleton

  • D Byrne
    D Byrneabout 5 years ago

    Nice one. Jealous – no bright flashes my way yet….

  • thanks drec ! It won’t be long now…

    – Tony Middleton

  • Craig Harris
    Craig Harrisabout 5 years ago

    Looks fantastic, waiting to try to get a shot like that myself someday. Nice work Tony

  • thanks Craig – yeah I’ always waiting as well… where we live does not help our chances either unfortunately…

    – Tony Middleton

  • elphonline
    elphonlineabout 5 years ago

    Love lightening. Great shot.

  • thanks Elph !

    – Tony Middleton

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