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Real or Fake?


Nigeyboy 6 537 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2010 12:55PM
Found this image on the BBC - Linky Thing

Real or fake? I'm erring on the side of fake - surely the lightning would have struck the top of her arm? And wouldn't the area around the statue be illuminated buy the bolt? It looks as though its line of sight - the bolt came down just behind the statue from the shooters view point - look at the light on the water . . . .

What do you all think?

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mohikan22 10 2.3k 1 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2010 1:03PM
hmm does look behind... the image is terrible quality though lol.
Nigeyboy 6 537 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2010 1:11PM
Thats coz he used a Nikon . . . . . . Wink
User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
13 Oct 2010 1:55PM

Quote:Thats coz he used a Nikon . . . . . . Wink


No - he had been waiting 40 years for the photo - so was suffering a bit of camera-shake!
ripleysalien 8 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2010 2:06PM
Looks fake to me, the island she is on seems to be added over the water. also dosnt seem to be enough light for the size of the lightning bolt.
Water looks pretty calm to considering there is a storm going on.
Big Bri 13 15.7k United Kingdom
13 Oct 2010 2:33PM
Looks to me like the lightning is hitting the other side of the water
Ganto 8 769 2 Ireland
13 Oct 2010 2:35PM
Lightening will find the easiest path to earth, which is not necessarily the highest point.
Thunderstorms often occur in calm heavy conditions, and this was a 5 second exposure, so the water won't look stormy.
The picture quality is crap because a 60mm lens will not be long enough to get a descent picture of the statue from Battery Park... the picture is an enlarged crop.

What is curious though, is the angle. From ground level, I don't think it's possible to see so much water beyond the statue. Perhaps he wasn't braving the elements at all, but sitting calmly in a building with a view!
Big Bri 13 15.7k United Kingdom
13 Oct 2010 2:37PM
You can see the full shot here
Big Bri 13 15.7k United Kingdom
13 Oct 2010 2:46PM
Although apparently the statue is hit by lightning about 300 times a year

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkIGxZEv5mg
Ganto 8 769 2 Ireland
13 Oct 2010 2:54PM
Aha! Well done Bri. That confirms my view theory then!
Strangely enough, I arrived in New York, the day after that storm in the video, and left the day before the lightning photo was taken, and the weather was terrific... blue sky and 26 degrees!
BigRick 9 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2010 7:13PM

Quote:Lightening will find the easiest path to earth, which is not necessarily the highest point.Thunderstorms often occur in calm heavy conditions, and this was a 5 second exposure, so the water won't look stormy.
The picture quality is crap because a 60mm lens will not be long enough to get a descent picture of the statue from Battery Park... the picture is an enlarged crop.

What is curious though, is the angle. From ground level, I don't think it's possible to see so much water beyond the statue. Perhaps he wasn't braving the elements at all, but sitting calmly in a building with a view!



very true.... if you paused just before the lighting hit the floor, then you would see the 'lightning' travelling upwards as well as downwards.... and its the least resistance path that makes the bolt from above join the bolt from the floor. and as said.... it doesnt have to be the highest point. Smile

The photo is obviously real, and as i have taken lighting strike pictures (one being on the first pages of my portfolio) i know that due to the long exposure you dont get the 'normal' looking surroundings. like the water looking calmer etc. Smile
User_Removed 5 1.4k England
13 Oct 2010 7:43PM
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