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Tampa Bay Lightning by MMerritt

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This lightning bolt struck miles from the storm!
The brightest celestial object is Jupiter, and the orange object below and to the left is the star Antares. The clouds are lit primarily by the city lights of Tampa, Florida.
Photo taken August 14, 2007.


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  • Michael  Bermingham
    Michael Bermi...over 6 years ago

    Un-friggin-believable Matt!!
    So crisp and clean…….
    Simply Magic.

  • EOS20
    EOS20over 6 years ago

    Nicely captured!!

  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...over 6 years ago

    Great capture, Matt!!

  • sweetscent62
    sweetscent62over 6 years ago

    Wow… very cool image Matt : ) Well done Mate! Wen

  • Fiona MacNab
    Fiona MacNabover 6 years ago

    Great capture.

  • MMerritt
    MMerrittover 6 years ago

    Thank you Fiona, sweetscent, Daniel, EOS20, and Michael!

  • SofaKingWeird
    SofaKingWeirdover 6 years ago

    Great shot. This is the one reason I can’t wait to visit our property in New Mexico again. There they have lightning of all different colors and it’s almost a daily event just like in Florida.

  • Steve Arkleton
    Steve Arkletonover 6 years ago

    An absolutely awesome shot. Do you mind me asking what exposure time, aperture and ISO setting you used? There’s not much drift on Jupiter so I’m guessing the exposure time was fairly short and you were very lucky?

  • Thanks arkle and SofaKingWeird!
    arkle, the exposure time was 30 seconds, though I may have covered the lens for a short time after the lightning struck. The aperture was set to 4.0, and the ISO to 100. There is not much drift of Jupiter and the stars, partly because the view is almost due south.

    – MMerritt

  • Geoffrey Wicking
    Geoffrey Wickingover 6 years ago

    The hand of God. So Beautiful and deadly. Great capture.

  • Thanks Geoffrey!

    – MMerritt

  • mago
    magoalmost 6 years ago

  • Mago, thanks for letting me know!

    – MMerritt

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