70 Bolts Of Lightening... All At Once [Pic]

Submitted by: eugenius 5 years ago in Science

Damn nature, why you so scary?
There are 42 comments:
Male 80
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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Male 25,416
That is super awesome..
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Male 625
very very frightening indeed
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Male 284
definitely long exposure
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Male 2,860
Can we have some darkening to counteract the lightening?
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Male 835
1.21 JIGGAWATTS!
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Male 99
you sure this was all at once and not just a long exposure? amazing if so.
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Male 766
right place right time good camera 3 - 5 minutes and a big bottle of white wine - life worth living
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Female 1,324
had just one strike a few blocks behind the house, that was terrifying enough ;-; too much lightening for me
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Male 2,513
Wow, amazing
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Male 542
OH WOW. I WONDER HOW THEY ALL WENT AT ONCE?? AMAZING

I do appreciate this though.
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Male 164
Let`s see you survive that, chief.
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Male 22
Wow, I wonder how long it took to make that picture.
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Male 15,510
Looks like December 22 arrived earlier this year
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Male 1,950
70 bolts of lightning, taken in one time-lapse photo spanning what could be several minutes... at once.
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Male 540
...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.
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Female 2,228
Anybody else see this and immediately think Mordor? Just saying...
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Male 76
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.
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Male 6,737
Not all at once at all.
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Male 27
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.
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Male 329
Lightening? Really?
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Male 1,293
Batmanners

Indeed it was originally the only way to take a photograph.
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Male 616
Enomai, consider the source. IAB is notorious for bad spelling and even worse grammar.
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Male 10,855
I think Batmanners explains it well.
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Male 43
Also, since nobody`s pointed it out yet, that`s not how you spell lightning.
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Male 4,004
"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.
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Male 13
@dragonace. I tried to Google the expression "static prolonged exposure" got nothing. About what your reply was worth.
@careeta - thank you
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Male 61
Video or it`s a time lapse.
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Male 540
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.
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Male 540
@spundoctor
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 [while the rock in the foreground is also in focus]", 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.
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Male 296
@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.
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Male 13
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?
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Male 4,594
Cool.
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Male 526
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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Male 286
witness the rebirth of Cthulhu.
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Male 7,123
Well done everybody who worked out it was a long exposure. Bloody good picture, though.
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Male 464
Yeah, long exposure
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Male 3,059
Long exposures are scary?
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Male 2,419
herp derp
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Male 46
Summoning Bahamut?
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Male 10,440
That didn`t happen all at once. It`s called a long exposure shot. Fool.
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Male 1,620
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