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Clouds Illumed by Lightning
Clouds Illumed by Lightning

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Challenge: Backlighting (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Sydney, Australia
Date: Sep 5, 2004
Aperture: 11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30 seconds
Galleries: Sky, Nature
Date Uploaded: Sep 7, 2004

Taken during a strong storm here in Sydney. This pic was taken from my bedroom window on a 30 second exposure. It's also one of the first "lightning bolt" shots I've ever done.

Place: 175 out of 367
Avg (all users): 5.1197
Avg (commenters): 5.6154
Avg (participants): 4.9627
Avg (non-participants): 5.2880
Views since voting: 797
Views during voting: 391
Votes: 259
Comments: 17
Favorites: 0

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09/21/2004 04:31:45 AM
Ok, I can finally comment on them "did not follow the rules" posts.

As the title says, the clouds were meant to be the main aspect to this shot. They were illuminated from behind by the lightning, and were not cast into sillhouette. Yes, the house was, but that was there for framing, not for subject.

I agree with those who said I should have cropped in closer. I'll keep that in mind for next time :)

Thanks for the comments.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/14/2004 11:42:58 PM
09/14/2004 09:00:18 PM
Cool Photo... How did you manage to snap a picture at that exact moment when the lightning struck....
09/14/2004 07:40:28 AM
Some tighter cropping would have enhanced this feature
09/13/2004 08:33:57 PM
It's always nice to catch a lightning. Maybe more composition.
09/13/2004 05:31:08 PM
The only thing that is lit is the lightning. It's not really lighting anything from the back. Nice capture of lightning, but not a good fit for the challenge.
09/12/2004 02:37:02 PM
Good job.
09/12/2004 08:12:46 AM
I'm impressed with the lightening photo! Hope you weren't in danger. I would have cropped the city lights off the left side, but that's just a personal preference.
09/11/2004 01:44:35 AM
Great timing, and like the way the lightning is not centered.
09/11/2004 01:11:17 AM
did not follow rules, object can not be a silhouette.
09/10/2004 07:32:13 PM
good job , a lot of luck 6
09/08/2004 08:44:09 PM

09/08/2004 05:52:48 PM
The lightning is great and it does backlight the clouds. I gave you a seven but would have scored it higher if you could have cropped the left side and maybe some of the bottom, but I don't know what resolution you had to begin with and if that section (the one with the lightning) couldn't be enlarged it would end up too small. Congrats on the shot though. I still haven't been lucky enough to catch some lightning. Good Luck!
09/08/2004 02:27:57 PM
The idea was NOT to make the object in the forground into a sillohouette...
09/08/2004 12:22:12 PM
A spectacular lightning shot. I was praying for a thunderstorm during this challenge.
09/08/2004 02:34:59 AM
good timing
09/08/2004 01:40:47 AM
I like the image but had to knock off a point because the rules state "the subject must not become a silhouette because of the backlighting."

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