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Posted by
dobbino (Cape Town, South Africa) on 25 May 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

On Thursday morning, 21 May 2009, Cape Town was treated to the most magnificent lighting storm. Unfortunately for me, I slept through most of it and just caught the tail end after 7:00am. I have since seen the most amazing photos of the storm (circulated via email), and while this particular shot is nothing compared to those, at least it's mine! Taken from our flat balcony.

Canon EOS 40D 2 seconds F/5.6 ISO 400 61 mm

All images © Rob Minter, and licensed in terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 South Africa License

zOOm from Paris, France

Well done Rob. What an impressive thundery sky ! Nice hints of blue, velvet and pink. A great palette !

25 May 2009 8:09am

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

I am super impressed enough to give 5 stars I love the colours and that great flash of lighning well done Rob

25 May 2009 9:10am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

lovely colour and great timing

25 May 2009 9:39am

Eric Fry from Houston, TX, United States

That's an excellent lightning capture, Rob. I love the deep, rich tones of the sky.

25 May 2009 10:13am

Roman from Thunder Bay, Canada

It's yours and I think you can be proud of it, I like this separation of sky and sea and all in deep blues. Actually, pretty cool shot !


25 May 2009 11:16am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

wow! Amazing composition!!

25 May 2009 1:03pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Awesome! I love the simplicity and the composition, but the stormy light is beautiful!

25 May 2009 3:42pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Very cool, Rob.

25 May 2009 4:07pm

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

WOW Fantastic Rob. Excellent moment. For me this one SHOULD be the spotlight of the day.

25 May 2009 4:11pm

ManuelaR from Hainburg (Frankfurt/Main), Germany

This is really superb Rob, wonderful tones too :)

25 May 2009 4:55pm

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

Frightening and mesmerizing at the same time . . this is a really powerful image in more ways than one !

25 May 2009 7:05pm

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Thats a great shot Rob, taking lightning is pretty difficult, well done.

25 May 2009 7:06pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

this is STRIKING Rob!!! a very very beautiful capture!! brilliant work -- gorgeous!!

26 May 2009 1:56am

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Wow, stunning capture!!

26 May 2009 12:30pm

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

Spectacular shot. Good job!

26 May 2009 2:59pm

Hidalgo from Herunen, Finland

Cool. I have never succeeded to take a photo from flash. Exquisite.

27 May 2009 2:07pm

Rand from Orem, United States

I think you have a very nice shot. It is very simple and that is good. Nice use of rule of thirds, and that lightening bolt is simple but powerful. The texture in the middle third is also great.

17 Jun 2009 2:55pm

Aaron from Orem, United States

Very nice shot, way to make that Canon sing!

30 Jun 2009 6:17pm

NaveenBachwani from Bombay (Mumbai), India

Very nice! I know the feeling about the shot being your's!

28 Aug 2009 10:44am

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

I would have been so happy to catch such an image...

24 Jul 2010 4:41pm

Canon EOS 40D
2 seconds
ISO 400
61 mm