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Tuscan Lightning

By JamesAppleton  
Tuscany Mega-storm!! This was insane - at first completely silent, 20 minutes of eye-scorching lightning over the distant hills. Gradually it came closer and closer, and without warning right above us the skies thundered. This was taken on the edge of vineyards overlooking Cerbaia, near Florence, and this was one of the last shots of the night - this immense storm cloud rolled up, I took a final shot and within seconds the rain came hammering down...

For those interested, this was a 6 second shot at f/5 - enough to get the lightning without it blowing out white, and the light pollution from Florence behind the hills, though not as much as I'd have liked (the orange amid the blue cloud)

The lightning illuminated the cloud in this insane way, but the vines are being lit by a flash on full power, some way off to the left, set off by my lovely assistant Eddie Wink

A bit of a balancing act of different lighting, all told, but it worked out in the end!!

Tags: Night Storm Italy Vineyards Lightning Tuscany Toscana Vines Landscape and travel Italia Wildlife and nature Night and low light

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JamesAppleton 10 38 6 England
2 Sep 2010 6:31PM
Ah, and before anyone asks, this is as-shot except for pulling back the highlights around the lightning bolts slightly to let them stand out a little more.

Colours are *exactly* as shot - the red glow is from the city of Florence, and the blue tones to the cloud from the illumination of the lightning...

Peace and love,


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moiral 7 12 Scotland
2 Sep 2010 6:35PM
Beautiful shot. Mean, moody and explosive, bit like me. Smile Moira
JamesAppleton 10 38 6 England
2 Sep 2010 6:38PM
Ha ha, cheers Moira!
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
2 Sep 2010 6:44PM
like it, and thanks for the tech specs.lesley
great atmosphere
Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2010 7:53PM
Wow! That is some sky. I bet it was amazing being there to witness this.

NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2010 10:21PM
this just has to be award material James. the sky alone is fabulous and using flash too !! wow
ive shortlisted it anyway, cant give another award for a week
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
3 Sep 2010 7:43AM
Powerful nature James. Excellent balance. Ron.
JamesAppleton 10 38 6 England
3 Sep 2010 10:34AM
Cheers all - Paul, thanks for the boost, seems this as with much of my stuff on here has once again slipped the radar for most!
4 Sep 2010 8:05PM
Excellent image great work.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
28 Sep 2010 7:46AM


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