Lightning Bolts Striking Behind Tree by Mark Van Scyoc

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Time exposure of lightning bolts striking behind a tree, captured with a Canon 5D – Mark II

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” – Psalm 19:1 (NIV)

It has been a few years since I tried taking photos during a thunder storm. Last time around I was shook up by a lightning bolt that struck too close for comfort. This time around the storm was far enough in the distance for safety, yet close enough for photos.

The trick with lightning is to keep your shutter open until the lightning strikes. I was fortunate to capture this strike directly behind my favorite tree on Peace Road near Leola, PA.

(Canon 5D – Mark II, ISO 400, F 6.3, 7 seconds, 100.00 mm, cropped in Photoshop Elements)

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Date: 06/29/2012

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I believe we are created in the image of the creator, and that as we express ourselves creatively we reflect a bit of God’s nature.

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  • Tim Scullion
    Tim Scullionabout 2 years ago

    Sublime capture!

  • Thanks man!

    – Mark Van Scyoc

  • BigD
    BigDabout 2 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature! I appreciate it.

    – Mark Van Scyoc

  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiterabout 2 years ago

    Outstanding Mark!!!!! I want more lightning shots!

    I guess I was in bed when the lightning storm rolled through here Friday am…. I heard I missed a great show!

  • Thanks Lori! There was a second storm Friday night between 10 – 11 PM. I was really tired but decided to go out anyway. It turned out to be much better than I expected.

    – Mark Van Scyoc

  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williamsabout 2 years ago

    Amazing capture!!

  • Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it.

    – Mark Van Scyoc

  • © Bob Hall
    © Bob Hallabout 2 years ago

    Wow, nice work Mark, and scripture piece for its expression!!!

  • Thanks. I may have captured a nice image, but God deserves the credit for his amazing handiwork.

    – Mark Van Scyoc

  • Simon Pattinson
    Simon Pattinsonabout 2 years ago

    Wicked lightning storm.Great timing.

  • Thanks. Part of the trick is leaving the shutter open until the lightning flashes.

    – Mark Van Scyoc

  • sharon wingard
    sharon wingardabout 2 years ago

    wow!!!!!!!!! great shot

  • Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it. I posted another one today.

    – Mark Van Scyoc

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallabout 2 years ago

    This is an amazing image. Great work,

  • Thanks. I appreciate your comment.

    – Mark Van Scyoc

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréabout 2 years ago

  • vic321
    vic321about 2 years ago

    Fantastic capture

  • Thanks

    – Mark Van Scyoc

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