Lightning Hits NORAD

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© Heather Oelklaus
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This is a shot of massive patience. I used Fuji Velvia 100ASA at f8. The exposure was about 5 minutes long. I shot this with my Rollie. The lightning bolt came up from the antennas on the top of NORAD right at the beginning of my exposure. The urge to stop the exposure was very great cause I didn't want to screw up the shot by bumping the camera or getting a drop of rain on the lens. But I knew the exposure wasn't long enough, so I waited for 2 cars to pass by and one more bolt of lightning to hit. Right after this shot, the rain came down and I had to run to my car.

12 responses

  • Drew Burke

    Drew Burke gave props (7 Mar 2008):

    pretty nuts, good stuff!

  • Jesse Nicole

    Jesse Nicole gave props (7 Mar 2008):


  • Timothy Schenck

    Timothy Schenck gave props (7 Mar 2008):

    so much good stuff in one photo!!!

  • Fred Photo

    Fred Photo gave props (7 Mar 2008):

    this one caused a verbal WOW! .........very nicely done.

  • Angel Foice

    Angel Foice said (7 Mar 2008):

    Amazing shot!

  • Don Harney

    Don Harney (Deleted) gave props (9 Mar 2008):

    Mmmmmm.... Velvia. Gorgeous.

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (16 Mar 2008):

    Patience pays off! Beautiful lightshow capture!

  • maria tizon

    maria tizon (Deleted) gave props (18 Mar 2008):

    Wow! You're really good. I'm voting for this story. Thanks for sharing your experience and expertise.

  • David Brooks

    David Brooks gave props (26 Mar 2008):

    I saw your snapshot / panorama series story and voted fot it and had to see more, these lightning images are fantastic!!!

  • pdtnc

    pdtnc gave props (16 Apr 2008):

    wow!! again!!!!!!

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (14 May 2008):

    Picture perfect in every sense. Great image.

  • Matthew Elm

    Matthew Elm gave props (19 Nov 2008):

    I like the intensity of the lightning striking the tower on the mountain top

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