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September 12, 2009
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Strike by juddpatterson Strike by juddpatterson
Taken on a particularly electric evening in Everglades National Park...

Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter speed: 30 sec
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Focal length: 32mm
One million hungry mosquitoes :)
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first off, this is MAGNIFICENT. [i've been using that word for anything compared to the storm.] but actually, it's a picture worth a million x 2 words. it was timed perfectly with the flash of the lightning and the intensifying, electrocuting streaks that branch off from the main lighting strike. i love the way the sun and electricity light the under side of the clouds, and the fact that you look at the top of them, and it's dark enough to be midnight. this photograph was taken at the perfect time with the precision of seconds and minutes of the sunrise/set. The grass also adds a very individual vibe to the picture as you see reeds of solitary plants that show the individuality of the setting with the fantastic use of lighting.

i wouldn't call this an exaggeration. i absolutely LOVE it. ♥
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How can you even critique an image like this its brilliant!
Ill give it a shot, but I think you already know you have a fantastic image here.

Compositionaly its centered with just a touch of weight given to the right by the direction of the lightning bolt as it travels upwards.. it works for this photo. the off center horizon emphasizing the clouds works as well. Although part of me wishes we could see more of the reflection of the lightning in the foreground. Being able to see the two side bolts in the water would be very awesome.

Judging by posterization in the oranges and a few stars
showing up its obvious you used a higher ISO. On the right side of the image above the cloud its especially apparent and hopefully with a bit of selective blur can be cleaned up. See if the noise can be brought down some, the image given to us is small but its apparent even at this size.

All summed this is a powerful photo, and is awe inspiring; bravo and great job!
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TubaMirum Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
this is an amazing picture =D
ryancrouse Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
... WOW ...
LOURDES-LAVEAU Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so majestic. One of the best I have seen in a long time.
1001G Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
za4em9 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely worth the mosquitoes. What is the city that's giving the yellow underglow?
digiphile23 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
ariseandrejoice Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
just gorgeous!
Droppix Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot!! Wonderful colors!! Perfect!!!
CatGal15 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love the blinding white spot in the clouds...and how the cloud is in *front* of the lightning...All in all, it is a beautiful shot; nice work. :D
sharktankfan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
My hats off to you my friend. Great job!
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