Jul 05

Nags Head Thunderstorm

by in Photography, Postcard Valet

Nags Head Thunderstorm

Purchase a Print or
Download Wallpaper: 1920×1200 or 1600×1200

To me, this photograph represents patience. As a thunderstorm brewed around us on the beach in Nags Head, NC, I sat on the porch and snapped photo after photo, trying to capture a bolt of lightning. I took seventy photos in all, each one exposed for 30-seconds. This was lucky number 57.

I didn’t have a tripod (I used the railing on the porch), and the strong gusts of wind meant that I had to hold the camera down with my hand. That, or the multiple flashes of lightning, must have been what caused some strange blurry artifacts along the right-hand edge of the house. They were easy to Photoshop away, though, plus it gave me an excuse to remove some telephone lines on the left and level the horizon while I was at it.

After looking at all the other pictures, most of which have nothing but black clouds, I find it amazing that this lightning bolt struck so perfectly in the frame. And to think I almost gave up and went inside around picture #45…

Canon Digital Rebel XT
Date: 29 June 2006
Focal Length: 18mm
Shutter: 30 seconds
Aperture: F/3.5
Photoshop: some cloning, wire removal, minor rotation and crop

Just for fun, two more variations can be seen after the jump.

Nags Head, June 29th, 2006

Nags Head, June 29th, 2006

Tags: , , , , , ,

Welcome to Postcard Valet

Postcard Valet is a travel blog and video podcast by Arlo and Oksana Midgett. They just returned to Juneau, Alaska, after almost three full years of travel and living abroad. Many of their stories, photos, and videos have yet to be shared...

Related Posts

Facebook

First Time Suggestions

Scariest Story:
Zanzibar is Dangerous

Favorite video (15 min):
Salar de Uyuni

Travel Photos:
Sorted by Continent

Quirky Travel Fun:
McDonald's in Every Country

Subscribe by email!

@o_midgett Twitter Feed