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56 Comments | Report
thenickelwell
 
thenickelwell July 29, 2014
Wow
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BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith November 25, 2014
Thanks
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 July 30, 2014
Great shot.
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BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith January 28, 2015
Thanks!
amytimbs
 
amytimbs November 25, 2014
Just beautiful :)
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BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith January 28, 2015
Thanks!
terrywelling
 
terrywelling November 25, 2014
GARESPHOTOGRAPHY
 
GARESPHOTOGRAPHY January 06, 2015
Congratulations!
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BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith January 28, 2015
Thanks!
thomaszakowski
 
thomaszakowski January 06, 2015
awesome capture, congrats
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BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith January 28, 2015
Thanks!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta January 06, 2015
Brilliant capture. Congratulations on being the Winner.
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BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith January 28, 2015
Thanks!
Amyart5
 
Amyart5 January 07, 2015
wow such a dramatic sky photo... so nice
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BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith January 28, 2015
Thank You!
kat777
 
kat777 January 07, 2015
Fantastic!!!
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BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith January 28, 2015
Thank You!
suzettehilarides
 
suzettehilarides January 07, 2015
WOW Love it !!!!
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BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith January 28, 2015
Thank You!
kevinsanders
 
kevinsanders January 07, 2015
Love the wild fire reflecting off the cloud in the back
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BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith January 28, 2015
Thank You! and thanks for noticing!
Jo-AnnGallagher PRO+
 
Jo-AnnGallagher January 07, 2015
Congratulations on a stellar shot.
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BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith January 28, 2015
Thank You!
yourlily
 
yourlily January 08, 2015
A super stunner.
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BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith January 28, 2015
Thank You!
DavesAdventures
 
DavesAdventures January 08, 2015
Beautiful shot. How many frames is this put together to get this creation?
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BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith January 28, 2015
Thank You! and Just one shot
davidbidmead
 
davidbidmead January 09, 2015
Congratulations ! Spectacular !
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BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith January 28, 2015
Thank You!
janland PRO+
 
janland January 10, 2015
Fabulous capture! Perfect timing! Congrats!
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BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith January 28, 2015
Thank You!
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BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith January 10, 2015
Thank you all for your wonderful comments!
IsabellaD Premium
 
IsabellaD March 01, 2015
STUNNING capture, voted in Magical Light !!
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BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith March 01, 2015
Thanks!
leighlofgren
 
leighlofgren March 30, 2015
stunning
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BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith April 30, 2015
Thank you
Flemming
 
Flemming May 28, 2015
Crazy picture.. so great :)
michelledimascio
 
michelledimascio June 01, 2015
Love it!
Cla6Ssy0
 
Cla6Ssy0 June 20, 2015
Stunning!!!
The_Nighthawk PRO+
 
The_Nighthawk June 22, 2015
WHOA ! ! ! Jump BAACK!!!
danielchan
 
danielchan June 22, 2015
Powerful!
Oceanblue22
 
Oceanblue22 June 27, 2015
Super...Wow!
ImagesByLouisa
 
ImagesByLouisa June 27, 2015
stunning
Climbnride58 PRO+
 
Climbnride58 June 29, 2015
An amazing photography.
gldosa PRO+
 
gldosa July 28, 2015
Wow - what a great impact shot!
davidbidmead
 
davidbidmead September 03, 2015
Congrats ! Stunning image !
staceysherlock
 
staceysherlock September 22, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
staceysherlock
 
staceysherlock September 22, 2015
Sell me this print please! Would look amazing in my living room!
eileenbrunerdryden
 
eileenbrunerdryden December 23, 2015
Beautiful!
marystilwell
 
marystilwell May 26, 2016
Awesome!
edwinlee
 
edwinlee May 30, 2016
Amazing ^_^
kezza7
 
kezza7 June 01, 2016
congrates on your win ..an amazing photo
elainemalott PRO+
 
elainemalott June 01, 2016
wow, what a great shot!
RosaDawn
 
RosaDawn September 11, 2016
simply amazing, so powerful
cyrillinegoodman
 
cyrillinegoodman October 11, 2016
AMAZING capture! Congratulations.
philipdrispin PRO+
 
philipdrispin November 03, 2016
When I am not taking pictures I teach meteorology at a university in Texas. I spend a lot of time looking at weather images to use in lectures. This one is very beautiful. I am curious as to what you used as a trigger?
MikeW PRO+
 
MikeW November 04, 2016
Spectacular capture; congrats!
Mad_bubbles
 
Mad_bubbles November 05, 2016
Absolutely amazing
tcmiturlu
 
tcmiturlu November 17, 2016
really wonderfull (y) I loved
cameraman161
 
cameraman161 April 11, 2017
Incredible power in this shot! The darker borders draw attention to the center of the image and create better contrast to highlight the power of the lightning bolt. Great composition.
HigginsworthPhotography
 
HigginsworthPhotography October 15, 2017
Great shot
singwydionjones
 
singwydionjones December 05, 2017
????????????????
torschti
 
torschti April 12, 2018
Wow ????
DNproSTUDIO
 
DNproSTUDIO October 23, 2018
very nice shoot moment
-Time-In-Memories- PRO
 
-Time-In-Memories- November 05, 2018
Phenomenal!
hfickinger PRO+
 
hfickinger November 06, 2018
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
hfickinger PRO+
 
hfickinger November 06, 2018
Incredible image Paul.
Queenofphotos
 
Queenofphotos Feb 11
this so speaks to me. the power behind this is amazing
nancyldolan PRO+
 
nancyldolan Feb 21
Perfection!!!
shannonsmyth
 
shannonsmyth Mar 08
Woah.
HER_photography
 
Holy !
karensommerslohre PRO+
 
Great capture!!!
geetpatil
 
geetpatil Nov 09
amazing

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Behind The Lens

Location
Southern Utah Desert in the middle of NOWHERE!
Time
Late on a summer evening
Lighting
Lightning Is probably my most favorite "thing" to capture. Awe inspiring, captivating, powerful and always exciting. This particular strike was a mere 500 yards from me the shock and blasting sound of the strike was almost as instant as the blinding bright light. This bolt and several others in the same vicinity were some of the most impressive of the summer. That Night I stood alone in the pitch black darkness, the warmth of summer would quickly vanish as the cool air of the storm would sneak in and surround me, then bring with it the energy and power of the storm! I always find it a challenge to be pointed in the right place, close enough for the capture, yet far enough away from danger. I have had a few hit so close it felt like Dynamite. Those are the nights you really give respect to the power of the storm and move on to challenge it another time.
Equipment
I typically keep it simple as possible, my Canon 7d, a 10-22mm, 28-135mm or a 24-70mm, Manfroto tripod and Head, simple interleave timer / Remote and a Gallon Ziplock with the corner cut out to keep the rain out of the camera. Honestly I don't remember which lens was on for this shot but I will never forget how loud it was!
Inspiration
Lightning! Lightning is always an inspiration in itself and here in the southwest desert there are far too many good storms during the monsoon season. Diligently I watch the weather maps and storm trackers waiting, listening and watching for any signs of a storm I drop everything and grab my gear to chase any storm from the biggest to the smallest, even if I don't take the camera out of the bag there is just something energizing and exciting about a thunderstorm!
Editing
Some light room, usually to adjust white balance and a little noise clean up. Beyond that I think the shot and the subject should do the work!
In my camera bag
I am a gear head and love to test and use the latest and greatest every chance I get but the truth is I keep a 50mm, a 10-22mm, a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm which is usually on my camera body at all times. The rest of the kit is typical, filters, cleaning supplies, batteries and so on.
Feedback
Truth is I tried everything until I realized you can simply open the shutter (with the right settings) and wait for a flash, then shut it! check your focus, ISO white balance etc and repeat! as long as your camera is stable , focused and you get your settings right for the ambient light and noise pollution you can leave the shutter open for quite a long time and still get a beautiful capture.

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