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Storm Hunters

Storm Hunters
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/8, 15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pictures of Lightning [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-15 10:09
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Few minutes ago I saw Storm Hunters program on Discovery and I thought that this is very good job for me :-) So I've decided to post another photo from Gulf of Kotor, another picture with thunderstorm, one of best I've ever seen in my life. Hard to believe it was month ago - time runs too fast...

Thunder is, even today, not completely understood by modern science. The word usually describes a sonic shock wave caused by the rapid heating and expansion of the air surrounding and within a bolt of lightning. The bolt changes the air into plasma and it instantly explodes causing the sound known as a thunder clap.

This phenomenon occurs at the same time as a lightning flash but a thunderclap is usually heard after lightning is seen because light travels faster (186,000 miles / 299,338 kilometers per second) than sound (around 700 miles / 1,126 kilometers per hour but varies depending on temperature, humidity and air pressure.) In very close proximity to the lighting strike, sound and light can be heard and seen almost simultaneously.

Since sound and light travel at different speeds through the atmosphere, one can estimate how far away the bolt of lightning is by timing the interval between seeing the flash and hearing the thunder. The speed of sound in air is approximately 332 m/s (742.6 mph). The speed of light is so fast that it can be ignored in this calculation. Therefore, the lightning is approximately one kilometer distant for every 3 seconds (or one mile for every 5 seconds).Thunder is seldom heard at distances over 15 miles.

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To thor68: Thunderstormsred45 1 10-21 17:46
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Hi Greg,
a phantastic moment, not easy to catch - even with 15 seconds you had to make several shots to have such a wonderful and sharp flash ?!?
I like this view to the boats and mountains, very pretty. Thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-15 10:21]

Hi Greg

Hihi...storm hunters...yes! They should definatelly take on a trip with them to show them how one should take a picture of a lightning! ;)
Another great one! And another one that makes me angry...we still didn't have any storms since last time i said this to you. I've really been hoping for one to try out you settings (since i also have a S2 IS) but no...the romanian weather doesn't give me satisfaction :))

Cheers, my friend, and TFS

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-10-15 10:48]

Hi Greg, I always get scared with lighting so I found this a very brave subject. Nice composition. Clear note!
Greetings Reina

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-10-15 12:06]

Excellent! Just like the other lighteningshots Greg. I love 'em and I wish I would be able to capture something like this ... Keep 'em coming please!! Well done & TFS!


Hi Greg,
this is an excellent shot. Great moment you captured here. I like it very much. Great POV, excellent sharpness, colours and composition too. Thank you my friend.

Hi Greg!
You do a great job of capturing lightning.
(I have found your note elsewhere on how to take lightning pictures extremely helpful, BTW.)
A fantastic shot that not only captures the phenomenon in all its glory but also puts it in perspective with the night view on the ground.
Thanks for sharing this masterpiece.

alors ca c'est un exercice que je n'ai pas encore pu tenter mais j'aime beaucoup.
pour cela merci du partage.
temps d'expo ideal pour que les lumieres des bateaux ne brillent pas trop.

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  • HELO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 6 N: 54] (352)
  • [2006-10-15 13:09]

très belle photo
je n'ai jamais vue un éclair comme celui-ci.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-15 13:21]

Hello Greg,
Wonderful capture.Exposure is spot on.POV,timing and details are excellent.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-10-15 13:33]

hi Grzegorz , excelent shot . I tried so many time but with very bad result

Hello Grzegorz,
lightning and thunder, what a picture!
Landscape in perfectly peaceful arrangement, sharp, clear and in perfect harmony, and the lightning striking into the very right place at the very right time, as if decidedly taken into composition. A dream shot for sure.
Thank you! Best regards,

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-10-15 14:31]

Juz sie niepokoilem gdzie zniknales. Tyle dni bez TN - to do Ciebie niepodobne :-) W kazdym badz razie, jak zwykle cudo :-) Zwlaszcza ze z Kotoru :-)

Looks like full of thunders day you had there Greg! Another wonderful shot of a thunder deserves discovery channels for sure!
Great shot and interesting notes!

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-10-15 21:00]

Hi Greag
Grat night shot. Great colours, sharpnes, light and details.
Well done


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-15 23:57]

Hello Grzegorz

What a striking photo.I really like the composition.Well done on the exposure.The colours are superb.I like the balance too.TFS


Witaj Grzgorz,
Superb shot.Very good timing.Well compo.TFS.


Hi Greg

Stunning shot. Awesome timing. Quality shot. :-)

Hello Greg !
Another impressive shot from you ! Must have been difficult to catch this lightning... The composition of the picture is wonderful, as well as the shape of the lightning. Very well done !

Hi greg,

excellent work here, perfectdetails, bg, pov dof perfect details, very crisp, nicly composed and cature photo. perfcet timming,

TFS Kyle

what a wonderful lightning-shot, greg! :-)
really great to see how it branches - too bad we did not
have any decent thunderstorms here lately.
excellent composition with the lights of the town, harbor and boats.
terrific job & take care, thorsten.

Hi Greg,
Fantastic shot!
Excellent composition!
Very very well done!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-10-24 7:12]

Hi Greg, well captured with a great timing!! The composition is perfect, excellent sharpness too, well done, Didier.

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  • marty Silver Star Critiquer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-12 4:41]

Hi Grzegorz,
This is flatout genious right here. I would like do something like it someday.

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