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Taken out on the Bald Hill opal field, Lightning Ridge N.S.W. 22.12.12 at 9:16pm EDST.

What a surprise this bolt was. The storms were shutting down and rapidly weakening by this point due to an upper atmospheric temperature drop. Outflow winds were furious by now too -indicative of the storms collapsing overhead and some very strong microbursts happening as a result.

We actually didn't really see this bolt, only a super bright flash (non-staccato). I had friends turn up to photograph with me and we were chatting at the time while looking out to the left of this area. I was just lucky enough to get this bolt in frame. Thank goodness for the 16mm! :D

These storms were still around 20-25k's out to the E-SE of town here. That's part of the Orion constellation visible in the upper left corner.

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Canon 5D MkIII
25 seconds
ISO800
f/9
Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM Lens
16mm @ Infinity Focus
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mrcbax Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is really awesome!
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Cheers Curt!

Thanks for the :+devwatch: also. Much appreciated :highfive:

:wave:
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mrcbax Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're quite welcome :)
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emotional-content Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Pure Awesomeness!
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Cheers for the comment! :wave:
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dsnider Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Nobody does these better thank you my friend. WOW! :jawdrop:
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Thanks very much Dennis! You're most kind :highfive:
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dsnider Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
:highfive: My pleasure man!
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facefromdream Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Filmographer
wow nice!!!!
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:iconsyndyne:
Syndyne Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Cheers for the comment :wave:
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ryanwaff Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi there :wave:

You have been featured here: [link]

Best regards,
:iconstand-out-shots:
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:iconsyndyne:
Syndyne Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Thank you so very much for featuring! :wave:
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augenweide Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new journal...[link]
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:iconsyndyne:
Syndyne Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Thanks kindly! :highfive:
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augenweide Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
welcome Shaun...
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Halcyon1990 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
AWESOME!
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Cheers Lucas! Much appreciated as always my friend :wave:
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Halcyon1990 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey, I have a question. : P Have you ever considered trying to capture images of sprites, blue jets, or elves? I have been looking at a lot of pictures of them recently, and it struck me that you might be able to capture some because of the terrain down there. : )
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Syndyne Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Hi Lucas,

I guess it's possible with the ISO capabilities of the MkIII? We have often talked of doing it over the years, just never tried I guess. I will keep it in mind for the September storm season start. We had a lousy last season as far as storm numbers went (though the few we had were all severe) so if we do get them a bit more frequently I will try my best to grab something in the form of a jet or sprite from a distant horizon if I can. :)

:wave:
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Halcyon1990 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, I would bet the MkIII would be ideal for it. Our storm season has been bad, too. Not a single thunderstorm here. :( I think I'll go cry now.
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High-Tech-Redneck Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wicked!
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Thanks kindly sir! :highfive:

Hope all is going great! :wave:
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dynamicimagery Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Beautiful shot. Just amazing!
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Thanks for the kind words :wave:
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Mansfield114 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
so Incredible, feel like I am there watching it!
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
It does tend to have that effect.

Thanks very much for the comment! :wave:
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grote-design Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student General Artist
this shot is just really incredible!!!!
and i am amazed by how well informed you are about all those meteorological things! :)
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Thanks so much for the kind words!

I guess some knowledge is needed to do this type of photography. It offers an added safety factor -knowing where the storm is and what it's doing etc. It also makes planning a shot so much easier when you understand the nature of a particular storm at any one time.

This is so much easier now with internet access to weather radar at any time on my iPhone. It used to be basic guess work by eye and wind directions back in the day.

Love your car designs by the way. Really nice work! :wave:
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Stardash1 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
wow!
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Thank you :wave:
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Stardash1 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
you welcome!
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John-Peter Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello! :wave:
Congratulations! Your beautiful work has been featured in the newest journal of our group :iconnature-capture: [link]
Please :+fav: this journal to more people can see the feature :)
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Thanks very much!

I'll check it out :)
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WTek79 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is great shot
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Thank you :wave:
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful capture
great work
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Thanks kindly my friend! :wave:
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No problemo ;)
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souk1501 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
the way it lights up the cloud is amazing! Love the stars in behind the clouds!
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Thanks for those kind words Steven!

You have a great gallery. Some really interesting shots there! :wave:
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous work! Really amazing shot! :)
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Cheers! :wave:
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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Ben-Kelevra Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
featured in Canon-Lenses
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Thanks very much Ben! :highfive:
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Ben-Kelevra Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
You're most welcome! :)
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Morphine-Cloud Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Featured : [link]
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Meema Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the crisp lines in the lightening.
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Thank you :)

The branching was nice to see here. I was very fortunate it didn't blow this shot out.

:wave:
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simonebyrne Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   Photographer
Amazing capture! :+fav:
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