Geoffrey Wiggins  

Lightening by Geoffrey Wiggins

June 2020 - Lightening

June 2020 - Geoffrey Wiggins


About the Image(s)

Time to enter another pic. Bit nervous after the response to my last pic. I thought that I needed to get away from the birds for a while. Lightening was all around our boat in a marina south of where we live. Having been awakened by it and not being able to sleep I decided to grab my camera and see if I could get a pic. I decided to manually set the camera several stops down so as not to burn the lightening bolts. I knew that I could tidy up the rest in Lightroom later. I took pot luck and just took several shots using 30sec hoping that I would be luck and capture the lightening. 55mm f8 ISO 200. Needless to say I have modified the original to try to reproduce what I actually saw.

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10 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Geoffrey, what a great shot! I love the three purple color blocks of the photo! The light cloud swirl around the lightening is also very interesting! What was your shutter speed, since you were in a boat, I would think you would need to be shooting very fast to keep focus over 30 seconds.

Just a couple of thoughts--I'm not sure the horizon is straight, but it could be straight and just look off by the movement of clouds and waves. The bright line where water meets sky hurts your pic, as my eyes go there right away. It's most often too much clarity in Lightroom post-processing. Maybe you can drop clarity along the water or you can use your brush to brush back in the color so we don't see the dreaded "halo" that shows up so often (I mention the halo in my storm palm tree photo this month).

You should be very proud of this one, especially since it sounds like you were just trying to figure it out! Awesome!   Posted: 06/06/2020 16:59:43
Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Tricky Brenda with the sea and the clouds running in different directions. It gives the impression the sea is not straight. It actually is. Thanks for your comments.   Posted: 06/11/2020 23:43:10

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Very dramatic with those low clouds and multiple lightning strikes. That's the advantage of not using a lightning trigger -- you can set a long exposure and, if you are lucky, get multiple strikes in one exposure.
Do you live in a boat?   Posted: 06/06/2020 17:18:03
Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
No we don't live on our boat dean. It is an American boat called a Passport 40ft. Having said that we did have it around Australia for about five years. We did fly bak home every so often. The Great Barrier Reef was just magnificent.   Posted: 06/11/2020 23:48:25

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Strange to have 2 lightning pictures this month. I like the multiple bursts, and the way that the sky is illuminated. Pity that nothing is present in the foreground. Would you consider cloning in something from another picture? Boat or shipwreck?   Posted: 06/07/2020 11:33:45

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
This is a great shot. I love the colors. I was wondering how you managed to photograph this. The two lightning bolts are really interesting and the comparison of the bright sky to the dark ocean is a really nice comparison.   Posted: 06/10/2020 10:33:26

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
This is beautiful, Geoffrey. Looks like the long exposure is a good choice to capture several strikes. The storm clouds, three strikes, lighting around the strikes and purple toning make the image. Good choice on dialing down the exposure.   Posted: 06/14/2020 14:41:12
Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Thanks for your encouragement and kind comments Candy, coming from you it means a lot. Keep safe,Geoff.   Posted: 06/14/2020 19:36:13

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Wow. Nice shot. Squished between the flat clouds and the water one could feel trapped and then "Boom" 2 multi branched lightning bolts!   Posted: 06/19/2020 17:52:07

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Thanks Pierre for your kind comments, Geoff, hope that you are keeping safe in the US.   Posted: 06/19/2020 21:25:57