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© Steven Maguire
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UploadedOctober 18, 2009
TakenOctober 18, 2009
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Exposure13 sec at f/8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length78 mm
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Taken on 17 October, 2009. A rare lightning storm in southern Arizona. I believe this is a SMD "Single Massive Discharge".

103 responses

  • Angel Foice

    Angel Foice gave props (18 Oct 2009):



    JOE FAILK gave props (18 Oct 2009):

    Abosutely fantastic!!!

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (18 Oct 2009):

    WOW is right, perfect capture:))

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (18 Oct 2009):

    WOW!! You are the expert on these!! Awesome capture Steven!

  • Katy Baxter

    Katy Baxter gave props (18 Oct 2009):

    my birthday and one of my favorite places, crazy shot!

  • Eric Maynard

    Eric Maynard said (18 Oct 2009):

    awesome shot, that is fantastic.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (18 Oct 2009):

    Stunning and fantastic capture! Love it

  • timothy wombold

    timothy wombold gave props (18 Oct 2009):

    that is wild.Great shot

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (18 Oct 2009):


  • Mervyn Dublin

    Mervyn Dublin (Deleted) gave props (18 Oct 2009):


  • david ong

    david ong gave props (18 Oct 2009):

    this one is on top 3 of your brilliant works!

  • Mark Williams

    Mark Williams gave props (18 Oct 2009):

    holy wow- stupendous!

  • Jessica Hardin

    Jessica Hardin gave props (18 Oct 2009):

    This is amazing and breathtaking!

  • diana

    diana (Deleted) gave props (18 Oct 2009):

    sooo fabulous!!!!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (18 Oct 2009):

    Incredible capture! The clouds and lightning are magnificent; you've even captured the rain. Superb!!

  • diana

    diana (Deleted) said (18 Oct 2009):

    had to come back again... i think this is an all time fav!!!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (18 Oct 2009):

    Wow, thats pretty wild for Oct, isn't it? You have sure captured it so well! WOW

  • Gustavo Boyzo

    Gustavo Boyzo gave props (18 Oct 2009):


  • Mike Olbinski

    Mike Olbinski gave props (18 Oct 2009):

    Stephen, WOW! That's all I can say man. I saw the radar showing storms down there again tonight, but it's just too long a drive from Phoenix for me. Beautiful stuff man!

  • Laurie Brown

    Laurie Brown gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    Amazing!!! Excellent timing!

  • Daz Vernon

    Daz Vernon (Deleted) gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    Like the theme says. WTF!!! Stunning photograph!

  • Respect Nature

    Respect Nature gave props (19 Oct 2009):


  • Ed Puskas

    Ed Puskas gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    Double Wow!! Amazing capture

  • Ted Opderbeck

    Ted Opderbeck gave props (20 Oct 2009):

    Oh my!!!!! This is one of the most stunning photos I've ever seen. Unbelievable.

  • Daisy Kyle

    Daisy Kyle said (20 Oct 2009):

    very powerful but peacful at the same time!

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (20 Oct 2009):


  • Rachel Chambers

    Rachel Chambers gave props (20 Oct 2009):

    I'm in awe. Fantastic!

  • Jennifer Benmouna

    Jennifer Benmouna gave props (20 Oct 2009):


  • Maria Uribe

    Maria Uribe gave props (20 Oct 2009):


  • stuart s

    stuart s   gave props (21 Oct 2009):

    Absolutely great shot.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (21 Oct 2009):

    What a powerful image. Bravo!

  • Bert Happel

    Bert Happel gave props (22 Oct 2009):

    A great capture.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (22 Oct 2009):

    Breathtaking, I would love to see one of these storms, perfect timing..

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (22 Oct 2009):

    Absolutely stunning work...!!!

  • Sherry Stone

    Sherry Stone gave props (23 Oct 2009):

    What a wonderful shot.You are the lightning Master!!!

  • Keiko Ehret

    Keiko Ehret gave props (26 Oct 2009):

    Amazing light!! Looks so stunnning in lightbox! ♥♥

  • Ebla Maleh

    Ebla Maleh gave props (26 Oct 2009):

    all I can say is ...wow!

  • Laurie Brown

    Laurie Brown gave props (27 Oct 2009):

    OMG. That must have been increadible!!! Great job!!!

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman gave props (27 Oct 2009):

    Wowee! Fantastic!

  • Diana M

    Diana M (Deleted) gave props (27 Oct 2009):

    lightning never looked so beautiful

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (27 Oct 2009):

    Absolutely striking Steven! I wish I had the knowledge to take these beauties but knowing my luck I'd get struck :(

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (28 Oct 2009):

    Awesome entry

  • Mayette Ignacio

    Mayette Ignacio gave props (28 Oct 2009):

    You rock, and so brave to be in that scenario, taking photos.

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (28 Oct 2009):

    Holy cow Steven, this image is absolutely beyond belief. Maximum possible kudos to you for every aspect of getting this image, from being in the right place and time, which is quite a trick, to framing and exposure. A masterpiece.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (29 Oct 2009):

    This is an incredible shot!!! Fantastic timing!!!!

  • Aaron Mythen

    Aaron Mythen gave props (29 Oct 2009):

    OMG!!! There are not enough superlatives to describe how good this one is.... Possibly your best lightning shot yet, truly amazing capture of natures power!!!

  • Mike Morris

    Mike Morris gave props (29 Oct 2009):

    I'm happy I'm looking at the picture and not taking it. Beautiful but scary.

  • Danny Chong

    Danny Chong gave props (29 Oct 2009):

    Absolutely stunning shot...Love it!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (29 Oct 2009):

    wow! Incredible capture!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (29 Oct 2009):

    This is sooooo fantastic.... love it, love it, love it

  • Benny R@mirez

    Benny R@mirez   gave props (29 Oct 2009):

    love it!!

  • Ævar B. Jak.

    Ævar B. Jak. gave props (30 Oct 2009):


  • Hector Ortiz

    Hector Ortiz gave props (30 Oct 2009):


  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (31 Oct 2009):

    insanely beautiful...you are a master !!!

  • Aubrey's Oma

    Aubrey's Oma (Deleted) gave props (31 Oct 2009):

    WOW this is awesome!!

  • :) L P

    :) L P gave props (2 Nov 2009):

    holy moly.....awesome!!

  • i am

    i am (Deleted) said (4 Nov 2009):


  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (4 Nov 2009):

    SUPER COOL. Love it.

  • Christopher Long

    Christopher Long gave props (5 Nov 2009):

    Amazing capture!

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (5 Nov 2009):


  • Justin Sheely

    Justin Sheely (Deleted) gave props (6 Nov 2009):

    Whoa times infinity! Amazing capture!

  • Amber Fette

    Amber Fette gave props (6 Nov 2009):

    Beyond amazing. Very impressive.

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (6 Nov 2009):

    THAT'S a heck of a photograph! Well done! I am totally envious.

  • Dave Hillyer

    Dave Hillyer gave props (7 Nov 2009):

    Holy crap! That's amazing!!

  • Camille Allison

    Camille Allison said (30 Nov 2009):

    Dear Lord, this is amazing!

  • Stefi Failk

    Stefi Failk (Deleted) gave props (2 Dec 2009):

    powerful image. Bravo!

  • Silvano Ahel

    Silvano Ahel gave props (5 Dec 2009):

    this is great stunning

  • Howard Simpson

    Howard Simpson gave props (11 Dec 2009):


  • Wallace Jones

    Wallace Jones gave props (12 Dec 2009):

    holy cow! that is amazing!!!!

  • Seth Deibel

    Seth Deibel gave props (13 Dec 2009):

    Unbelievable capture!!

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    Excellent as always my friend!! great work!!

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner said (15 Dec 2009):

    Check this one out in the light box

    It's awesome!!!

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    A true WOWser!! Among your absolute best, Steve!!! Kudos!!

  • metina timaro

    metina timaro gave props (18 Dec 2009):

    wow!...Excellent capture!

  • Timothy Ditzman

    Timothy Ditzman said (20 Dec 2009):


  • Brandon Alleman

    Brandon Alleman said (20 Dec 2009):

    This is my vote for photo of the decade, century etc.

  • Joe Schaf

    Joe Schaf   gave props (20 Dec 2009):

    Steven, your whole lightning series is AWESOME! Well Done!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (21 Dec 2009):

    Incredible photography Steven, you have a talent at capturing these beauties!

  • Caitlin Heath

    Caitlin Heath said (23 Dec 2009):

    this would be a surefire contender for best photo pf the decade...it's phenomenal!

  • Buqing Fabien Xu

    Buqing Fabien Xu gave props (23 Dec 2009):


  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (25 Dec 2009):

    Shockingly good.

  • Lon Casler Bixby

    Lon Casler Bixby   gave props (27 Dec 2009):

    You have a great talent for capturing these scenes - :o)

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (27 Dec 2009):


  • Lori D'Ambrosio

    Lori D'Ambrosio gave props (29 Dec 2009):

    amazing shot.

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (30 Dec 2009):

    This is just absolutely amazing!!!

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (1 Jan 2010):


  • Uriel Lubuk

    Uriel Lubuk said (4 Jan 2010):

    holly s#*t; monster capture !!

  • patrick john o'doherty

    patrick john o'doherty said (10 Jan 2010):

    smd sounds about right . . gosh

  • Nabeel Alam

    Nabeel Alam gave props (23 Jan 2010):

    A W E S O M E! ! !

  • Megan Henkel

    Megan Henkel gave props (8 Feb 2010):


  • Mabrimis

    Mabrimis (Deleted) gave props (24 Feb 2010):

    Wow, spectacular shot!

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (12 Mar 2010):

    Wow, wow, and wow again!!!! Belongs on the Ntnl. Geo. cover.

  • Luke Everett

    Luke Everett gave props (18 Mar 2010):

    Nothing left to be said...WOW...Amazing....Stunning...Beautiful...Awesome.....

  • rory adityawan

    rory adityawan gave props (4 Apr 2010):

    one of the best lighting storm photo i ever seen...!!! fantastic...!!!

  • D. Smetana

    D. Smetana gave props (5 Apr 2010):

    I have never tried shooting lightning. This is a beautiful capture...but you must have amazing patience...

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (6 Apr 2010):


  • Jonathan Gutz

    Jonathan Gutz gave props (6 Apr 2010):

    I need to pick my jaw up off the floor, please wait a minute.

  • Gaby P

    Gaby P said (15 Apr 2010):

    Wow! Incredible!

  • Seth Deibel

    Seth Deibel gave props (6 Jul 2010):

    Was just looking through my favorites again and saw this...W O W. Just incredible!

  • Kel Casey

    Kel Casey gave props (22 Aug 2010):

    So how do you do that without peeing your pants??? Remarkable work.

  • J Dex

    J Dex gave props (6 Sep 2010):

    Amazing shot!!

  • Kathy

    Kathy gave props (13 Oct 2010):

    Wow! Amazing!

  • Christopher Griesé

    Christopher Griesé gave props (17 Nov 2010):

    Woah!!! Good thing you were standing where you were!

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