The Bat Signal

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 17-40mm f/4 l, 29mm, iso 100, f/5.6, 25 sec // buy print)

I wouldn’t call this my favorite ever lightning strike…but it’s definitely one of the most interesting I’ve photographed. When I saw it initially on the back of the camera last year, I said…that looks like the Bat Signal or something. So I’m sticking with the name.

It’s kinda hard to tell where this thing starts and ends. It looks like a complete circle almost. I think it starts in the upper left, then disappears for a tiny moment in the cloud at the top, then circles all the way around back into the cloud in the upper left again.

Needless to say, it’s rare for me to see something like this. Either they are kind of “spider lightning” where they streak across the sky or they strike the ground somewhere. But this is why I love doing photographing lightning…you never know what you are going to get when it comes to nature.

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  1. […] The Bat Signal – dramatic tendrils of lightning reach partway down from the sky, only to connect somehow with itself creating an absolutely mesmerizing loop of electricity to see.  Mike Olbinski captures this incredible image that features a most amazing natural light show. […]

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