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Taken out at the Bald Hill Opal Field, Lightning Ridge N.S.W. 8:15pm EDST. 11.2.13.

This storm cell took a rather nasty turn quite rapidly. Just as I suspected it would skirt town to the East, it decided to build and push toward my location here out on the Northern edge of town. Initially I was set up on top of the hill here (about 60feet/20metres above the surrounding plains) but just as I was settling in for a few nice shots I had a monster rogue bolt arc down only a short distance behind me with a deafening crack! I actually felt the heat from that strike.

I caught the top of that close bolt in a photo. Now even though it was not raining at all where I was positioned, bolts were still arcing out around 20-25k's from the main cell in all directions making it an extremely bad and highly dangerous scenario for photography. The things we'll do for a nice photo lol.

So as you can see from the low position of this shot I rapidly moved down off the hill and headed down onto the ground about 20feet/6mtrs lower than my previous position... just in case. The rain started about two minutes after this and I had to call it a night after waiting around for a break for a bit over an hour. Lightning was very frequent with about eight storms visible in all directions.

I Have another photo from up on the hill that I may or may not post. This was the best for the evening though.

:wave:
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AtaliaLight Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So Amazing! well done
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Thank you kindly :hug:

Not as good as I had initially hoped from the crazy amount of lightning around us. I'll take it at this late seasonal stage :)

Hope all is well! :wave:
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AtaliaLight Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You photograph the most un-predictable thing's! it's am amazing shot regardless of what your hopes were :P They always blow me away.


I'm Alive and well, hoping the same for you. :la:
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smfoley Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Damn! It's 71'F and sunny here in Sonoma Co. and the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Of course if we had even one storm like that we'd all... well it wouldn't nice.

As my brother, a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer, would say, have fun but be safe.

Stephen
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Cheers Stephen!

Our storm season is now drawing to a close as we head into Autumn so the weather has settled down somewhat. I'm looking forward to some cooler days after a fairly blistering Summer. :nod:

Thanks kindly for the comment as always :wave:
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
excellent
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Cheers for the comment! :wave:
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griffonmeister Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist
Terrific. I always remember the "smell" form my first close one. I like your comment about what we do to get an image too!
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Thank you :)

The burning atmosphere smell is something I've not yet experienced (and don't really want to lol) as the outflow winds/microbursts are usually too strong out in these type of multicell storms.

Feeling the heat/UV radiation from the strike is usually enough for my liking. :D
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griffonmeister Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist
For sure!
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anjien Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Great job!
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Thanks kindly :wave:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great capture man :thumbsup:
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Cheers Greg!

Hope all is well down there. Looking forward to the Comets this year? Ison should be a ripper! We may have to organise a photographers get-together for that. It's in prime storm time too :D

Hopefully Panstaars in April gives a nice display also.

:wave:
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wikedwitch Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
oh my! you adrenaline junky, you! LOL...helluva shot there tho.
really interesting configuration on the lightning bolt, too.
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Haha! Thanks Wiked.

There's not much that could keep me from heading out into a storm :D

It was cool to see so much branching with this stroke. It was just an extremely bright flash to the eye.

Hope all is going well :wave:
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
nice one Shaun :D
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Thanks Chris :highfive:

It's good to see storms still active here as we move into Autumn.

Hope all has been well! Your shots have been great lately. Very nice work indeed :wave:
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
your always welcome Shaun :D yes its been a strange few months but things are settling down now ... thanks Shaun :D
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GargoylesBlood Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:shamrock: "At least the lightning bolts decided to visit as a family." :shamrock: :)
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
It was cool to see so much branching taking place. Most bolts were just single strokes.

Thanks for the comment :wave:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Mighty cool capture and story and I'm glad you didn't get electro-fried, Shaun :iconlightningplz::sprint:

But if your hair isn't standing up you're not close enough! :laughing: Stay safe and POST THAT OTHER SHOT!!! :poke:
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Cheers John!

I will do just that. I'll possibly have it up in the morning at some point.

Funnily enough I've been twenty feet from a strike and didn't get any prior warnings like hair standing on end etc. I have heard power lines crackling loudly though. That was enough for me :laughing:

Hope all is going great!
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amcforeverman Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Awesome!
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Syndyne Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Thanks kindly :wave:
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