HansBerendsen
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Lightning over Ginkelse Hei near Ede, Netherlands



This was one heck of a lightning storm (well.. for me at least :D) dancing around the nature area called "Ginkelse Hei" near Ede, Netherlands. ...
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This was one heck of a lightning storm (well.. for me at least :D) dancing around the nature area called "Ginkelse Hei" near Ede, Netherlands.
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5 Comments | Report
melissavines36
 
melissavines36 March 03, 2016
Great composition.
HansBerendsen
HansBerendsen March 05, 2016
Thanks @melissavines36 :)
wildlife_lovers3
 
wildlife_lovers3 March 13, 2017
Wow ????????????????????
randyblack PRO+
 
randyblack January 10, 2019
Amazing! This must have taken a long wait for the storm to materialize!!
HansBerendsen
HansBerendsen September 23, 2020
Thanks for the kind comment! It was - for my area - a somewhat unusual thunderstorm without rain and for a change truly vertical lightnings :)
tanialeecampbell
 
tanialeecampbell September 09, 2020
Stunning
HansBerendsen
HansBerendsen September 23, 2020
Thanks for the kind comment!
4burds Platinum
 
4burds September 20, 2020
Awesome shot!!
HansBerendsen
HansBerendsen September 23, 2020
Thanks for the kind comment!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken on the "Ginkelse Hei" (heather) near my town Ede, Netherlands.
Time
It was late at night, well at least for me :) Normally, here it rains a lot during lightning and lightning travels fast, but this time the rain stayed away from the one open spot on the heather: quite the opportunity to try one of my first captures of lightning without even getting wet!
Lighting
Lightning is such a powerful thing to see (and hear). I just love the immense force it shows, setting the whole sky on light, eve for a fraction of a second. For this shot I used a longer exposure time, ending up with some impressive clouds I had not even seen before I looked at the shot itself.
Equipment
This shot was taken using a Canon EOS 60D with the standard EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, mounted on an Alta tripod.
Inspiration
I never managed to catch a lightning before, so I just could not resist on trying again, especially since it appeared to be a little longer in duration and without too much rain.
Editing
Post-processing has been limited to contrast-correction and noise reduction. After that, cropping the image and adding a little border around was all.
In my camera bag
Lately, I carry my Canon EOS7D Mark II with EF 24-70L and EF 70-200L lenses. Additionally sometimes a Hähnel Capture remote trigger set and a Canon Speedlite 430EXII flash. Ah, and sometimes also a tiny tripod. Yeah, it can become a little heavy at times :)
Feedback
Since this shot, I captured more lightning shots. For this, I found help in taking a little flashlight with to check where to put the tripod and to make some camera settings. Also very nice to have: hot coffee and either a raincoat or an umbrella (last one not very practical when adjusting the camera but better as nothing). For the rest, just patience and having fun! And: don't forget to watch some lightning yourself as well!

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