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Daytona Beach Lightning Storm
Daytona Beach Lightning Storm

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Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5- 5.6G ED DX
Location: 10th floor balcony
Date: Jun 29, 2008
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 8 sec
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2009

Shot this over the summer.
We were on vacation in Florida, and a storm rolled in. It was my first time with a nice vantage point to try shooting lighting. The smaller size gives absolutely no justice. Ah well.

I missed a chance at entering this over the summer because of when I got home. So, we'll see how it does.

in photoshop
cloned out some light flares
noise ninja
dodging and burning clouds

Top 100 in a Best Of the Year is pretty good I'd say! Happy with a score above 6.2 and in my top three!
I got about 10 different lightning strikes that night, but this one was the best (I think).
I layered them all together in this photo:

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Place: 84 out of 531
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Views during voting: 394
Votes: 226
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/21/2009 08:48:09 AM
Wow, just amazing!!!
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01/20/2009 07:15:16 AM
I'm jealous, I've tried on occasion to capture this shot. We visit Daytona often.Great shot.
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01/19/2009 07:58:37 AM
totally excellent capture, amazing details, well done
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01/18/2009 04:00:48 PM
that is a great lightning strike - i like how the details of the clouds are so obvious
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01/18/2009 06:45:42 AM
Love a good lightning!
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01/17/2009 03:13:22 PM
Sweet! Love the blue and red. the lights look a little funky. Still awesome.
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01/17/2009 10:09:46 AM
the brilliant yellow lights throw this off for me...what a moment to capture this
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01/17/2009 06:05:41 AM
nice job
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01/16/2009 08:52:49 PM
I like the balance of the complementary blue/gold not to mention that POW from the lightning bolt.
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01/16/2009 08:03:38 PM
If you managed to catch that on purpose I'm even more impressed. Nice shot! 7
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01/16/2009 05:31:52 PM
Nice capture!
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01/16/2009 04:33:18 PM
Great timing!!
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