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Thunderstorm at Alexanderplatz



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Taking pictures of a thunderstorm has its own charm. Especially while standing on a balcony on the 19th floor.
It was more of a coincidence than planned. ...
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Taking pictures of a thunderstorm has its own charm. Especially while standing on a balcony on the 19th floor.
It was more of a coincidence than planned. Tomas and me actually wanted to use the view to take photos of the sun when it’s setting behind the Berliner Dom and TV tower. Rain wasn’t announced before 11pm, so we were surprised by the clouds. Luckily the balcony was a bit sheltered, so that we could keep on shooting. And when the storm passed, it left us with that wonderful pink sky.

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15 Comments |
jimboz
 
jimboz January 25, 2018
Thank you for joining my challenge and congratulations on the win : )
NicoTrinkhaus
NicoTrinkhaus January 28, 2018
Thank you very much!
jteems
 
jteems February 10, 2018
Beautiful shot. Amazing colors! Thanks for sharing!
NicoTrinkhaus
NicoTrinkhaus February 13, 2018
Thank you for the kind words : )
NarrowGatePhotography
 
NarrowGatePhotography February 16, 2018
Exquisite Photo! Great capture.
ewill
 
ewill February 16, 2018
Beautiful shot, I couldn’t locate this exact building, but got in one nearby. Check out mine sometime. Well done!
korinna
 
korinna February 23, 2018
Congratulations!!
NicoTrinkhaus
 
NicoTrinkhaus February 24, 2018
Thank you all! : ))
bielefoto
 
bielefoto February 25, 2018
Thanks for joining my challenge "Your city at night". I picked this photo as the winner (from 819 entries)- I really think it's a "once in a lifetime" shot. Congratulations! :-)
NicoTrinkhaus
NicoTrinkhaus February 26, 2018
Thank you so much, it's a real pleasure!
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LindieK March 16, 2018
Awesome shot! Congratulations on it being a finalist !
livit
 
livit March 18, 2018
Amazing capture ????
Perrography
 
Perrography June 05, 2018
Great photo and right moment! Magic Lantern used?
NicoTrinkhaus
NicoTrinkhaus June 10, 2018
Thank you! No, just shooting again and again :)
WayneGalePhotography Platinum
 
WayneGalePhotography June 05, 2018
Sensational photo i love it as it has everything i look for in a photo
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TomasTar June 06, 2018
Awesome
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RamyDelariarte June 06, 2018
Awesome
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sigridbh January 28, 2019
Exceptional capture
NicoTrinkhaus
NicoTrinkhaus January 28, 2019
Thank you!
AnjelEyePhotos PRO+
 
AnjelEyePhotos June 19, 2019
Congratulations on winning with your beautiful photograph! Such talent and beauty!
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo was taken on the balcony of a high building in the center of Berlin. I wanted to capture the sunset and was rather surprised by the thunderstorm. I never attempted to capture a lightning before, so I was really happy when I saw the results

Time

This shot was taken on a summer evening. The storm already almost passed, that's why you're able to see some colors from the sunset.

Lighting

Obviously, most bolts of lightning always strike in the TV Tower in Berlin, since it's the tallest structure around. However, it was important to also capture the details of the skyline. Since my camera back then didn't have a high dynamic range, I shot several exposure brackets and used them to get to the final image.

Equipment

Canon 500D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5

Inspiration

It's one of the iconic skyline views in Berlin and I never captured it before. Once I was there and the storm started, I thought for a second to go back inside (after all, standing on a balcony (though covered from above), isn't necessarily the safest option in a thunderstorm). But the sky clearing up like that was an opportunity you simply couldn't pass on, and I counted on the TV tower to attract the lightings :)

Editing

Yes, due to the limitations of the Canon 500D, this final result is a merged image out of 3 exposures (+2,0,-2 EV)

In my camera bag

My equipment changed a lot since back then, but I always always always carry my ultra wide angle lens. Specializing in what I call destination photography, I capture skylines frequently and that lens allows me to capture the entire scene.

Feedback

Like I said, I never shot a lightning bolt before. But it turned out to be easy actually if you're willing to use some minor post-processing. Capture the scene as you'd imagine it for your final shot and then just keep on shooting again and again and again until you capture a lightning bolt you'd like to use. The lightning bolt here was captured with f/19, 3s, Iso 100.

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