Front Row Seats by MMerritt

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Twilight storm at Lido Key beach. The two brightest celestial bodies are the Moon and Venus.

Because of the storm most people cleared the beach, but because of the storm, I was drawn towards it.

I did not get another good shot of lightning that evening – I forgot to bring my tripod, so the photos prior to this one are too blurred. I captured this clear shot by setting my camera on a beach chair, and propping up the lens with one of my flip-flops. And this stroke of lightning was the last significant one. But I’m sure grateful for it!

I didn’t modify the picture except to increase the brightness and contrast a bit, and remove camera artifacts. I’m not too good at making photos look more ‘artistic’, but for landscape, atmospheric, and flower photos, I think I prefer the more natural look.
(Photo taken on July 17, 2007)

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

    Simply stunning Matt…Awesome!!

  • stevealder
    stevealderabout 7 years ago

    Hi Matt, Great image with lots of colour and drama. You’re a photogenic-storm chaser like me !! Regards, Steve

  • Ern Mainka
    Ern Mainkaabout 7 years ago

    Totally awesome. Great combination.

  • William Jackson Irish
    William Jackso...about 7 years ago

    WOW! This is one helluve baddas shot man!!! amazing!

  • William Jackson Irish
    William Jackso...about 7 years ago


  • meep2
    meep2about 7 years ago

    This is fantastic! I thought it was digitally composed when I first looked at it! amazing.

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

    Terrific capture, Matt. Looks fantastic!

  • solarrain
    solarrainabout 7 years ago

    cool shot. almost makes one wonder if the people who might have been sitting in the beach chairs were vaporized…

  • Thanks solarrain
    Vaporized? Hmm. To me, it makes me wonder why they left before the show was over… I guess they were intelligent. :)

    – MMerritt

  • MMerritt
    MMerrittabout 7 years ago

    Thanks everyone!
    What do you think of the title, “Front Row Seats”?

  • solarrain
    solarrainabout 7 years ago


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