Conditioned and Unconditioned Electricity
by MelicityComment by amber:
Hi from the Critique Club!
First of all, I've never attempted to photograph lightning. I have little idea how to go about it, so I admire anyone that does.
The drama in your image comes from that gorgeous red/orange of the sky and the lightning against it.
I love the fainter lightning streaks, like echoes of the main ones, that you managed to capture.
The huge black cloud is dramatic too; it's imposing and sinister. It gives me a feeling of claustrophobia and nearly dominates the whole image. Perhaps it's a little too dominating for some people?
Because the foreground and cloud are similar in colour it tends to make the image look flat and without depth. Something in the foreground with more definition might have helped.
I find the electricity wires a little distracting. Without the pylons they are attached to they seem out of context. But lightning won't wait for photographers to find the optimum place from which to shoot;)
The focus is slightly off but it's still a great capture of a unique moment in time.