Independence Day

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Yup, it’s the middle of the week and that means Movie Title Wednesday!

Independence Day. Awesome film. Total summer movie popcorn fun. Will Smith taking down aliens. Jeff Goldblum mumbling and uttering cool phrases like “Forget the fat lady! You are obsessed with fat ladies!” Harry Connick Jr., Randy Quaid with his “Up yours!”…and just all kinds of good stuff. Perhaps the biggest, cheesiest part of the movie is Bill Pullman standing up in front of the men giving his Independence Day speech right before we figure out how to beat the aliens. Gotta love it.

I’m a sucker for a good alien invasion movie and I can’t help but like this one.

So the connection to this lightning image actually has to do with the Fourth of July. This is what I was out shooting  instead of watching fireworks this year. Well, at least, watching those man-made fireworks. This show was much, much better.

When you shoot lightning a lot, you’ll end up experiencing the whole “Wow, didn’t even see that one” moments when you get back home and are importing images. This shot was one of those. I don’t think I ever saw it. I probably was looking down at my phone at the radar and missed it entirely. It wasn’t until I scrolled back later through my camera did I go “Wooooahhh…where did you come from?”

I love those moments.

(exif: canon 5d mark ii, canon 50mm 1.4, f/4.5, iso 200, 20 sec)

  • Brian Furbush

    Umm…wow dude. This is seriously insane. I tried to be you last night, took 330 shots and got literally half a lightning bolt in one shot. I guess I’m leaving it to the pros from now on 🙂

  • Chris Frailey

    Digging the clouds in this one.

  • Jesse

    You can post a lightning shot every day and I wouldn’t complain. Somehow you manage to get such varied types of images with the same element keeping them fresh. You are good.

  • Chris Nitz

    I like that the clouds and trees add in a nice sense of depth to this shot. Of course, the kick ass lightning strike makes the shot that much more awesome.

  • Scott Wyden Kivowitz

    Love the branches of bolts! Also a very good movie too 🙂

  • Curt Fleenor

    Very cool Mike – Love to get surprises lime that!

  • Capnschwartz

    Sooooo here’s my second print I want!

  • Dave DiCello

    Mike this is just jaw dropping WOW! Wha ta catch

  • Scott Wood

    Those little surprises after the fact is one of the great things about photographing lightning. 🙂 I love this one.

  • Rob Hanson

    Damn, Mike. I sense that you’re only getting better and better at this! Wickedly cool shot.

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Love the clouds and the trees to give more detail to the shot! Great capture. I also love that movie.

  • Toad Hollow Photography

    WOWZA! Awesome shot here, Mike, I love the peek-a-boo of the lightning bolt and the front bit of clouds there! Wicked awesome, my friend.

  • Rick

    That’s much better than fireworks! To me it looks like the trees are all buzzing with energy!

  • Steve Beal

    Are you kiddin me with these lightning shots?? 🙂 Sickest ever! Independence Day is pure cheese but I will watch it 9 out of 10 times it’s on cable, and it’s on A LOT!

  • larry

    Heck ya dude!!! This is EPIC!

  • Gramma Karen

    As a non professional, non photographer … I just say, WOW …

  • Jason Hines

    Damn! Now that’s some lightning!

  • Jan Winther

    Wow, this is sick. And you weren’t even looking…
    Btw, isn’t that the movie where Will Smith says something like :”I got to get me one of these!!!” when he pilots an alien space ship – or am I wrong…

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  • Adam Allegro

    Great!! Love the details in the lightning! Great compositing with the trees as well. Bravo!