Cloud to ground

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 24mm, iso 125, f/7.1, 30 sec // buy print)

I recommend clicking on the image…it will put a black box around it and fit it to your screen size…just in case your monitor isn’t giant like mine isn’t.

Haven’t posted a lightning strike in what feels like AGES, which is probably far from the truth. Anyways, this was a towering strike that I cropped to fill the entire frame. The original capture had it a bit more to the left than I liked. When shooting lightning, sometimes you don’t aim in the right spot and almost miss. So cropping is a fantastic way to recompose the image to get your bolt looking awesome.

In the realm of weather, a lightning strike that hits the surface of the earth is technically called “Cloud to Ground” or CG. These are the kind I of course go for. There are very, very rare occasions where “In Cloud” lightning creates an awesome image.

I have one of those rare ones that I’ll post at a later day. One of my favorites.

13 replies
  1. Chris Nitz
    Chris Nitz says:

    Can’t. Stop. Scrolling. Up. And. Down. Seriously, I love it when you post these gigantic shots as I feel so small, like a fruit fly in an orchard. So frigging cool man.

  2. Scott Wood
    Scott Wood says:

    Very nice Mike. One of the few things I am going to miss after the move is shooting Arizona lightning in the summer. Fortunately I will have your images to enjoy.

  3. Jan Winther
    Jan Winther says:

    Very cool to see it just keep going and going as I scroll down – yup my screen is small.
    Great shot Mike. Looks like you were really close on this one.

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  1. […] Cloud To Ground – another great photograph from the studio of storm chasing Mike Olbinski.  Mike’s work in this genre of photography is truly second to none, and in this shot we have all the inherent drama of the power of Mother Nature at work. […]

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