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Date: 02/09/12 11:27 AM

42 Responses to 70 Bolts Of Lightening… All At Once [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of eugenius
    eugenius Male 30-39
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    February 9, 2012 at 11:28 am
    Link: 70 Bolts Of Lightening... All At Once - Damn nature, why you so scary?
  2. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    February 9, 2012 at 11:32 am
    That didn`t happen all at once. It`s called a long exposure shot. Fool.
  3. Profile photo of TenaciousB
    TenaciousB Male 18-29
    46 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 11:34 am
    Summoning Bahamut?
  4. Profile photo of I-IS-BORED
    I-IS-BORED Male 18-29
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    February 9, 2012 at 11:37 am
    herp derp
  5. Profile photo of osirisascend
    osirisascend Male 40-49
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    February 9, 2012 at 11:44 am
    Long exposures are scary?
  6. Profile photo of Byfield
    Byfield Male 18-29
    464 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 11:56 am
    Yeah, long exposure
  7. Profile photo of LordJim
    LordJim Male 60-69
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    February 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm
    Well done everybody who worked out it was a long exposure. Bloody good picture, though.
  8. Profile photo of trickroom
    trickroom Male 18-29
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    February 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm
    witness the rebirth of Cthulhu.
  9. Profile photo of PhotoKing
    PhotoKing Male 30-39
    526 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm
    long exposure. if those happened all at once, first it would be too bright to view, second they would probably connect together, and who knows open a hole into time and space. and third, that much emf would probably blow out the camera.
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    pmarren Male 40-49
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    February 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm
  11. Profile photo of spundoctor
    spundoctor Male 50-59
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    February 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm
    If you are so smart maybe you can tell us fools how long the exposure was for. Are those cars in the foreground ? Why is one trace long and the others are short? How come the flashes aren`t blurry?
  12. Profile photo of Dragonace
    Dragonace Male 30-39
    296 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm
    @spundoctor - Really? You`re asking why the lighting strikes aren`t blurry on a static prolonged exposure? Think about that question for a few minutes.
  13. Profile photo of Caretta
    Caretta Male 18-29
    540 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm
    I don`t know where this is, so I can`t say how frequently the lighting struck, but the exposure was likely a minute or two in length - longer if we assume this isn`t a tropical storm.
    The streaks in the foreground do look like cars, in which case the different lengths can be attributed to speed, the longer streaks being the cars moving fastest.
    If you`re asking "How come the flashes aren`t blurry ", then I`d say the picture was probably taken with a long (telephoto) lens and with a small aperture.
    The small aperture is pretty much certain anyway, considering how bright lightning is.
  14. Profile photo of Caretta
    Caretta Male 18-29
    540 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 12:58 pm
    Of course, they could also be buses or other long vehicles.
    The only thing that suggests the exposure isn`t especially long is the upper right corner, where there are some well defined areas in the cloud not blurred by movement.
    It could be that the break in the cloud moved into the picture frame during a dark period, then was lit by more lightning, or maybe it`s an incredibly violent storm and all the strikes took place within 10 - 20 seconds.
  15. Profile photo of houtex
    houtex Male 40-49
    61 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm
    Video or it`s a time lapse.
  16. Profile photo of spundoctor
    spundoctor Male 50-59
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    February 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm
    @dragonace. I tried to Google the expression "static prolonged exposure" got nothing. About what your reply was worth.
    @careeta - thank you
  17. Profile photo of Batmanners
    Batmanners Male 18-29
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    February 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm
    "static prolonged exposure"

    Static: Not moving
    Prolonged: Longer than usual
    Exposure: How long a film is subjected to input.

    So add the three together, Don`t move, set your camera for a prolonged exposure and then develop the film, the pictures will give you this.

    It`s not a new trick, this type of photography has been around for decades.
  18. Profile photo of Enomai
    Enomai Male 18-29
    43 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm
    Also, since nobody`s pointed it out yet, that`s not how you spell lightning.
  19. Profile photo of Cajun247
    Cajun247 Male 18-29
    10714 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm
    I think Batmanners explains it well.
  20. Profile photo of botfly
    botfly Male 50-59
    616 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm
    Enomai, consider the source. IAB is notorious for bad spelling and even worse grammar.
  21. Profile photo of randomxnp
    randomxnp Male 30-39
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    February 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Indeed it was originally the only way to take a photograph.
  22. Profile photo of tiedyed
    tiedyed Male 40-49
    291 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm
    Lightening? Really?
  23. Profile photo of Abisite
    Abisite Male 50-59
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    February 9, 2012 at 2:46 pm
    Actually they`re not cars, they`re BOATS..that`s a photo over water. I agree totally on the long exposure on the frame as well. The rocks are clear because they are a STATIONARY object. Both the boats and the lightning are mobile. A camera will imprint objects casting a lot of light, and return great detail of stationary objects at long exposures like this. I`d say this is about a 1 minute exposure myself, but it`s hard to tell how fast the boats are moving since they`re at a distance, so it may be a longer exposure.
  24. Profile photo of Buiadh
    Buiadh Male 30-39
    6740 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm
    Not all at once at all.
  25. Profile photo of carmanut
    carmanut Male 18-29
    76 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm
    Photographer`s website.

    Pictures taken from 1:17 to 2:40. Images composited to result in 70 strikes at once. The original photographer apparently had to wait hours for a suitable storm with enough lightning activity.
  26. Profile photo of QueenZira
    QueenZira Female 18-29
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    February 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm
    Anybody else see this and immediately think Mordor? Just saying...
  27. Profile photo of Caretta
    Caretta Male 18-29
    540 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm
    ...OK, or it`s a composite.
    For some reason that`s the last thing that comes to my mind. Pictures often seem more impressive when they look good as-captured.
    I guess that also means that the similarly sized light streaks are in fact the same boat multiple times.
  28. Profile photo of fancythat
    fancythat Male 30-39
    1951 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm
    70 bolts of lightning, taken in one time-lapse photo spanning what could be several minutes... at once.
  29. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
    15512 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 7:24 pm
    Looks like December 22 arrived earlier this year
  30. Profile photo of mnmmnm2
    mnmmnm2 Male 13-17
    22 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm
    Wow, I wonder how long it took to make that picture.
  31. Profile photo of teknollag
    teknollag Male 18-29
    164 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 8:59 pm
    Let`s see you survive that, chief.
  32. Profile photo of Discobiscuit
    Discobiscuit Male 18-29
    542 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I do appreciate this though.
  33. Profile photo of xelous
    xelous Male 18-29
    2513 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm
    Wow, amazing
  34. Profile photo of gothmo
    gothmo Female 18-29
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    February 9, 2012 at 10:56 pm
    had just one strike a few blocks behind the house, that was terrifying enough ;-; too much lightening for me
  35. Profile photo of photomstr
    photomstr Male 50-59
    766 posts
    February 9, 2012 at 11:02 pm
    right place right time good camera 3 - 5 minutes and a big bottle of white wine - life worth living
  36. Profile photo of nostrathomas
    nostrathomas Male 18-29
    99 posts
    February 10, 2012 at 12:57 am
    you sure this was all at once and not just a long exposure? amazing if so.
  37. Profile photo of clockwork208
    clockwork208 Male 30-39
    835 posts
    February 10, 2012 at 1:44 am
    1.21 JIGGAWATTS!
  38. Profile photo of Vimto
    Vimto Male 40-49
    2849 posts
    February 10, 2012 at 1:47 am
    Can we have some darkening to counteract the lightening?
  39. Profile photo of Sinn
    Sinn Male 18-29
    284 posts
    February 10, 2012 at 3:17 am
    definitely long exposure
  40. Profile photo of Neoptolemos
    Neoptolemos Male 30-39
    625 posts
    February 10, 2012 at 3:36 am
    very very frightening indeed
  41. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25350 posts
    February 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm
    That is super awesome..
  42. Profile photo of sariel
    sariel Male 18-29
    80 posts
    February 12, 2012 at 2:14 am
    Whenever you see multiple lightning bolts in photos your are normally seeing a long exposure photo, Meaning the cameras apeture is left open for a period and all lightning bolts that strike over that period appear in the final photo.

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