Dave Ficke  

Fire From Heaven by Dave Ficke

September 2021 - Fire From Heaven

About the Image(s)

This was a rare shot. Was woken up around 1am with thunder and grabbed camera and tripod with shutter cable and took off in the car to hopefully get a shot of the lightning. Found a spot and pulled the car in a position to watch the sky. Got out and set up but then it started to sprinkle so I got back in the car. Missed a few possible shots and then set up the tripod inside the car in the driver's seat. Yes, a real pain to get the tripod legs in a position but after several adjustments I got it set up and cracked the window down and started taking 20 second shots. Finally the lightning cooperated and I got a few images.

This one was taken with a Nikon D810, with a 17-35mm lens at 26mm, Iso 250, on a tripod using a shutter release for 20 seconds. The photograph was taken along highway 18 in San Bernardino Mountains at 5000 feet. To the left of the image you can see a bit of the valley below where some several million people live.

5 comments posted

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
What an incredible moment in time to capture! I think you were a patient man to get that moment! I would consider cropping some of the sky to put more focus on the bolt of lightening and the deluge of water coming out of the cloud. Can't imagine what damage it did to that mountain top. Really nice image.   Posted: 09/09/2021 12:54:07
Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
I cropped it for 16x20 format to sell at $250. Sold 3 in a year.   Posted: 09/10/2021 18:58:04

Carol Krom   Carol Krom
This photo has incredible impact. Great shot. Such dedication to get up in the middle of the night and have the perseverance to set up your equipment and the patience to wait till the lightning. I am impressed. I would not change a thing.   Posted: 09/10/2021 17:16:20

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
A great image Dave. It's good when a plan comes together, and to sell three copies is three bonuses. Yes for impact. Yes for colours. And does it tell a story? You bet it does. Congratulations.   Posted: 09/19/2021 03:33:43

Janos Demeter   Janos Demeter
Yes, Dave, this is it! Well deserved 750$ and maybe more.   Posted: 09/19/2021 08:41:16


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