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© Steven Maguire
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UploadedNovember 8, 2008
TakenAugust 5, 2008
ModelFinePix S9100
Exposure30 sec at f/9
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length7.6 mm
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Az monsoon 2008 lightning strike. Sierra vista, Az.

119 responses

  • Aubrey's Oma

    Aubrey's Oma (Deleted) gave props (7 Nov 2008):

    W O W !!!

  • sayoga wicaksana

    sayoga wicaksana said (7 Nov 2008):


  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (7 Nov 2008):

    OMGOSH! This is FANTASTIC, stephen!!!

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (7 Nov 2008):

    Oooooohhhhhhhhhhhh! R

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (7 Nov 2008):

    One word.........AWESOME!

  • Tammy Espino

    Tammy Espino gave props (7 Nov 2008):



    LAM KHIN THET said (7 Nov 2008):

    Amazing. Stephen Maguire's other "lightning" photos are also equally amazing. Simply loved it.

  • Jill Draper

    Jill Draper said (8 Nov 2008):

    I suppose you've never said, "And may God strike me dead with a bolt of lightning," have you? You flirt with a dangerous element there--kudos--props--all hail.

  • Sven Schroeder

    Sven Schroeder gave props (8 Nov 2008):

    WOW! Very impressive!

  • Ted Opderbeck

    Ted Opderbeck gave props (8 Nov 2008):

    Awesome and dramatic - I love how the starlight of the streetlight adds to the impact of the location of the strike

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (8 Nov 2008):

    such great work..

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (8 Nov 2008):


  • Yari Pedone

    Yari Pedone said (8 Nov 2008):

    great shot and storm!

  • Margherita Bettinelli

    Margherita Bettinelli said (9 Nov 2008):

    that's wonderful!

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (9 Nov 2008):

    Another killer shot!

  • Patrick Marella

    Patrick Marella gave props (9 Nov 2008):

    excellent capture

  • fik Istiqlal

    fik Istiqlal gave props (9 Nov 2008):

    wow!.. fantastic!...

  • esfoci

    esfoci (Deleted) gave props (9 Nov 2008):

    whoa, outstanding work dude! what kind of aperture did you use? it's beautifully exposed...

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (9 Nov 2008):

    Very frightening, I am terrified of thunderstorms, although I have improved and am better. Your photo is awesome.

  • Emily L

    Emily L said (9 Nov 2008):

    Wow! I'm so jealous! I live in the lightning capital of the US (some sources say "of No. America" and others say "of the world"), yet i've never thought to try to photograph lightning. Don't know that i will (try), but your pic is awesome!

  • Sean Duffy

    Sean Duffy said (9 Nov 2008):

    Absolutely amazing

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (10 Nov 2008):

    Rivers in the sky...very cool capture.

  • Marco Bertagni

    Marco Bertagni said (10 Nov 2008):

    Great shot and - with a little immagination - it can seem the silhouette of a child...

  • Ken Hircock

    Ken Hircock gave props (10 Nov 2008):

    Wonderful timimg

  • Karen England

    Karen England gave props (10 Nov 2008):

    Awesome shot!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (10 Nov 2008):

    Beautiful !!! Well Done

  • Rem Diaz

    Rem Diaz said (10 Nov 2008):

    really cool pic.excellent!

  • Tia Truelove

    Tia Truelove said (10 Nov 2008):

    I really like this one, along with all of your other lighting photos. Very nice job.

  • Stefanie Baltzell

    Stefanie Baltzell gave props (11 Nov 2008):

    Fantastic shot, super timing, and great title! Love it, but glad I wasn't there!

  • Zarko Drincic

    Zarko Drincic said (11 Nov 2008):

    Hey, you are master of lightnings! Keep up the great work!

  • Zarko Drincic

    Zarko Drincic gave props (11 Nov 2008):


  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (11 Nov 2008):

    Stephen, this is a terrific capture! How many hundreds of shots before you got "the one?"

  • Ted Gorczyca

    Ted Gorczyca gave props (11 Nov 2008):

    well done, your photos are excellent

  • Gasin Trossen

    Gasin Trossen gave props (11 Nov 2008):


  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (12 Nov 2008):

    Amazing capture, Stephen. So intense.

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (12 Nov 2008):

    I searched "lightning" and found 58 pages a match. After viewing 20 pages [12/page x 20=240 pics] I had the general idea. Only a few came remotely close in quality! In addition to displaying the full "charge" of lighting in an action-packed image, this is a STATEMENT about the luck of the owners of the home on the left [so nicely lit] ...and a QUESTION about those homeowners in the proximity of the leftmost bolt.... a street light there causes us to wonder if ALL escaped the devastation of that storm?? Great image… so perfectly executed, Steve!!! KUDOS!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (12 Nov 2008):

    wow, only in Arizona! I never seen any lightning yet here in CA.

  • miguel ramos

    miguel ramos said (12 Nov 2008):

    amazing, congrats

  • miguel ramos

    miguel ramos gave props (12 Nov 2008):

    Yes, great job, thanks for sharing

  • Ninas4otos

    Ninas4otos said (12 Nov 2008):

    fantabulous capture............

  • Manuel Canseco

    Manuel Canseco said (12 Nov 2008):

    Perfect timing!!! Cracking photo

  • Olivier Vin

    Olivier Vin (Deleted) gave props (13 Nov 2008):

    great catch, one of the better I saw on lightning :p

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (13 Nov 2008):

    Awe inspiring, beautifully framed and exposed

  • Mother Wolf

    Mother Wolf gave props (13 Nov 2008):

    A+++ I know how hard it is to shoot lightning, you are blessed with timing.

  • Diane Gregoire

    Diane Gregoire gave props (13 Nov 2008):

    A+ Awesome Shot

  • Lori Gallego

    Lori Gallego gave props (13 Nov 2008):

    Spectacular capture. I love the two spots of glare too!

  • Guy with a camera

    Guy with a camera gave props (13 Nov 2008):

    that's a once in a lifetime shot! nice work!

  • Bob H

    Bob H gave props (14 Nov 2008):

    Fantastic shot!

  • claudio gobbi

    claudio gobbi gave props (15 Nov 2008):

    great capture!!!

  • Lorna Burgess

    Lorna Burgess said (16 Nov 2008):

    Love your capture of lightening. I have tried but have not been successful at it. Where I live I'll have to wait till spring to try again.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (16 Nov 2008):

    This is absolutely stunning of the flashes of lightning in the sky...Perfect timing and exposure.

  • ! A Rase Littlefield Project

    ! A Rase Littlefield Project gave props (17 Nov 2008):

    you nailed this one great image!!!

  • Caroline

    Caroline said (17 Nov 2008):

    whoah , this is fantastic .How did you do it ? I think it's scary .
    Well done !

  • DonBaird

    DonBaird gave props (17 Nov 2008):

    wow.... perfect timing!

  • Sara Elena

    Sara Elena gave props (17 Nov 2008):

    Fabulous! jus the moment!!! great colors

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (18 Nov 2008):

    keep coming back for another look...your lightning shots are understatedly stunning!

  • diana

    diana (Deleted) gave props (18 Nov 2008):

    very cool, love it

  • Marvs Dumayas

    Marvs Dumayas gave props (19 Nov 2008):

    like the capture, timing , composition and

  • Nicole R.

    Nicole R. gave props (19 Nov 2008):

    WOW WOW WOW ... holy crow! THAT would be another AZ awesome monsoon!!!

  • Dana Tufte

    Dana Tufte (Deleted) said (19 Nov 2008):

    WOW! It's hard enough to get just one bolt.... but you have managed to get soooo many!!!

  • Melissa Olsen

    Melissa Olsen   said (20 Nov 2008):

    The power of nature!

  • Melissa Olsen

    Melissa Olsen   gave props (20 Nov 2008):

    Outstanding capture!

  • Laura LaRoche

    Laura LaRoche gave props (20 Nov 2008):

    Wow, very bold and impressive.

  • David Rocaberti

    David Rocaberti (Deleted) gave props (20 Nov 2008):

    Great work!

  • Rafi

    Rafi gave props (21 Nov 2008):

    brilliant capture!!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (21 Nov 2008):

    You have the talent to capture lightning Stephen! This is another beauty:)

  • Kathleen DesHotel

    Kathleen DesHotel   gave props (21 Nov 2008):

    It looks like a gigantic human. If I start at top center and follow around the forehead to the nose then chin and off to the shoulder and down, I can easily personify this magical photo.

  • Saepul jamal S-je

    Saepul jamal S-je gave props (21 Nov 2008):

    Wow... great work

  • Wolfgang Robert

    Wolfgang Robert said (21 Nov 2008):

    I have been trying to get shot like this. This is excellent!

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner gave props (21 Nov 2008):

    wow!!!!! awesome photo and title!!! great work!!!

  • Samantha Thompson

    Samantha Thompson said (22 Nov 2008):

    You should definitely be proud of this shot :)

  • Norm Smart

    Norm Smart said (22 Nov 2008):

    Beautiful shot! I used to live in Sierra Vista many years ago!

  • Jacqueline

    Jacqueline gave props (22 Nov 2008):

    How on earth did you get the timing down for this?!

  • Joseph Brunjes

    Joseph Brunjes (Deleted) said (23 Nov 2008):

    Courage to stand out in that! I would wear a rubber suit!
    Incredible shot.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (23 Nov 2008):

    WOW!!!! Excellent, excellent, excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Steve Miller

    Steve Miller gave props (24 Nov 2008):

    Dangerous! Beautiful!

  • Ivette Ocejo

    Ivette Ocejo said (24 Nov 2008):

    Awesome!! lightning is so hard and scary to capture, excellent!

  • Ineta McParland

    Ineta McParland gave props (24 Nov 2008):

    Great capture of force of nature! Love those light stars, too!

  • Ray Kenn

    Ray Kenn gave props (24 Nov 2008):

    Excellent timing !!!

  • Pirjo Gruenzner

    Pirjo Gruenzner gave props (27 Nov 2008):

    Incredible! My hair is standing straight up

  • Daisy Yokley

    Daisy Yokley (Deleted) said (29 Nov 2008):

    amazing catch!

  • ken osborn

    ken osborn gave props (29 Nov 2008):

    Great title - wonderful image.

  • Adam Ash

    Adam Ash (Deleted) said (29 Nov 2008):

    i see a praying mantis and a bear dancing.

  • Paul Mitsuda

    Paul Mitsuda said (30 Nov 2008):

    AWESOME SHOT! Totally great capture!

  • Dea

    Dea said (1 Dec 2008):

    Thank you for the comment. This shot is amazing, absolutly amazing!

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (1 Dec 2008):

    This should be HOT!!!!!!!

  • May Lattanzio

    May Lattanzio gave props (1 Dec 2008):

    Hey JPG Guys - this should be HOT! I love that star.

  • Ævar B. Jak.

    Ævar B. Jak. gave props (2 Dec 2008):

    Stunning photo!!

  • Jon-Erik Kroon

    Jon-Erik Kroon said (3 Dec 2008):

    Yeaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh...great time on pushing shutter button!

  • Jon-Erik Kroon

    Jon-Erik Kroon gave props (3 Dec 2008):

    for sure an image to adore.

  • Darren Pearson

    Darren Pearson gave props (4 Dec 2008):

    killer image

  • Brian Davis

    Brian Davis gave props (4 Dec 2008):

    Great Shot

  • Vedran Rost-Tue

    Vedran Rost-Tue said (6 Dec 2008):

    Its wonderfull

  • Marian Loren Ortiz

    Marian Loren Ortiz said (6 Dec 2008):

    perfect. i wish i could capture the lighnting too :)

  • Sherry Stone

    Sherry Stone gave props (7 Dec 2008):

    JPG guys got it right this is HOT!!!! All of Stephen's lightning shots are hot.

  • Jose Rico

    Jose Rico (Deleted) gave props (7 Dec 2008):

    great lightining series. my fav

  • ashley hamel

    ashley hamel said (7 Dec 2008):


  • ashley hamel

    ashley hamel gave props (7 Dec 2008):


  • ashley hamel

    ashley hamel gave props (7 Dec 2008):


  • Paul Mitsuda

    Paul Mitsuda said (8 Dec 2008):

    I love this picture...Great lighting of the darkness and of the lightning strike during the nite.
    Are you a storm chaser????

  • William Dillard

    William Dillard said (8 Dec 2008):

    Perhaps one day I will try a lightning shot. I think every photographer would like to have a least one good lightning photo that they have captured.

  • S Bund

    S Bund gave props (8 Dec 2008):

    Oh my! Frightening and beautiful!

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (9 Dec 2008):

    Wow! I am so jealous! You've got quite a portfolio of great lightening shots Stephen!!

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (12 Dec 2008):

    Well done!

  • Suzy

    Suzy (Deleted) said (14 Dec 2008):

    Amazing! I miss Arizona and the monsoons.

  • Teresa

    Teresa gave props (15 Dec 2008):

    This is stunning.

  • Samuele Paladini

    Samuele Paladini gave props (20 Dec 2008):

    wow! you're a lightning hunter!

  • Julia Busato

    Julia Busato (Deleted) gave props (20 Dec 2008):


  • Rahul Nanavati

    Rahul Nanavati gave props (20 Dec 2008):

    wow. thats a crazy capture!

  • James Mitchell

    James Mitchell said (22 Dec 2008):

    That one looks close. Did the hair stand up on your neck?...Great work.

  • Lesley S

    Lesley S (Deleted) gave props (25 Dec 2008):

    Gosh, incredible shot! Fabulous!

  • Eric

    Eric (Deleted) said (27 Dec 2008):

    Crazy!! awesome shot.

  • desy fatmawati

    desy fatmawati gave props (28 Dec 2008):

    scary but magnificent!

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner gave props (30 Dec 2008):

    awesome photo and title!!!

  • Tomi Satryatomo

    Tomi Satryatomo gave props (30 Dec 2008):

    Wow..! I wish I could take picture like this.

  • Alex Moore

    Alex Moore gave props (30 Dec 2008):

    amazing shot!

  • Alessandro Canu

    Alessandro Canu gave props (31 Dec 2008):


  • Michael Barletta

    Michael Barletta (Deleted) gave props (17 Jan 2009):

    Props! Its a winner!

  • Courtney Utley

    Courtney Utley gave props (5 Feb 2009):

    WOW! Great capture!

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