Bit blurry I'm afraid, 'twas blowing an absolute gale where I was standing out in the open on the side of a hill.

We've only just got power and phone back after yesterday's storm. Was awesome to behold, but a bit intimidating to be in (on the way home).

Untouched except for a crop and white-balance adjustment.

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  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Thats nice David - loving the sky! :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    'twas really something to be standing there watching it come across. First good storm I've had a chance to observe in a long time.
  • Clearskies Images said:
    Great capture David!
    Love the light in this shot, can almost feel the stormy mood of it!
  • David de Groot said:
    Definitely happy with my spot on the hill. Looks like a reasonable spot to make a run for when the storms are approaching, but I may need to leave earlier next time, the trip back home contained strong winds, hail, torrential rain and flying pieces of tree.
  • SomewhatBent Images said:
    Miss the lightning here...
    Pity is, we still get power outages, usually related to high winds + large trees + damp soil = downed powerlines.
    On the other hand I get to do a lot of outdoor available light shoots with the bright overcast that's so common.
  • InterfacePublications said:
    Nice mood, a good capture.
  • David de Groot said:
    I love a good storm, but could just do without the power outages.
    'twas pretty neat standing there on the hill, wind whipping past, lightning on the horizon and the clouds marching towards me.
  • HPVD Photos said:
    Absolute beautiful shot David, with a picture like this you wouldn't notice if there was any blur.
  • rumblemumbles said:
    look how scary green that sky is! I've been watching the ten news special on the storm - its pretty intense, esp out your way - but we seemed to have missed it over here in Bulimba....luckily.
  • The Central Scrutiniser said:
    nothing much in toowoomba - we saw it go by....
    great picture dave. how many did you take to catch that lightning? difficult to do this with LF... unless you spend a lot on film.
  • chooks! said:
    Thats Brilliant David,the lightning was very intense.
  • David de Groot said:
    Next time I might need to weigh down the tripod legs with something.
    It was indeed green, and had the usual effect (hail). Pretty intense to drive home through, but impressive to watch up on the hill.
    I took 150 shots before filling the card (forgot to empty the card before I set out), but the rain started about then too. In total, of those 150, I think I got 5 with lightning in them.
    Alas, super long exposures don't work for lightning as the strikes are too brief, so yeah, you'd have to go through a whack of film.
    Sure was!
  • thebookfreak58 said:
    How amazing was the storm! I was at church (in Kedron) and we all ran outside and spent a good 40min watching the storm! Just got power back too!! (In Everton Park here) I had a few friends driving from Samford in to the city and they were quite shaken up!
    Oh yeah nice shot too as usual! :-P :-P
  • [ Rodelicious ] said:
    Nice mixture with mother nature!
    Tried a couple last night but too hard. Maybe next time. Can't get much shots from the city.
  • heidi_K said:
    Fantastic shot!
    Glad to hear that you are okay after the storm.
  • David de Groot said:
    Pretty awesome eh ?
    You really have to be somewhere high up if you're in the city. I've seen some rippers on the Courier Mail site.
    Thanks Heidi. Glad we faired well too :)
  • aramisfirefly said:
    Wow look at that sky, nice work Dave. I would have loved to have headed out earlier but caught up with other stuff at home ;) - and thus missed the show over the City.
  • David de Groot said:
    Definitely happy I head out early enough to see it. Bloody fast moving, a lot faster than I expected.
  • ßlϋeωãvε said:
    Cool capture! The mix of sky colours is unusual to me. The last good lightning storm I watched was from the Geelong pier, near Melbourne, on my way to drive along the Great Ocean Road. I haven't seen any lightning since coming to the Hebrides.
  • David de Groot said:
    Sure sign of a wild storm that ;-) The greeny tinge to the clouds near the horizon is a good sign there's hail in it (and there was).
    Melb. is deprived when it comes to real sub-tropical thunderstorms like this. So if you want to experience this sort of thing, you need to pop on over to Queensland in the spring / summer time.
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  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    Not bad eh ?
  • No Fixed Address / TJ said:
    Have not seen a SEQ lightning storm for years, nice capture. The mix of colours in the sky, esp the green hail tinge certaintly adds to the intensity of the shot.
  • erman79 said:
  • David de Groot said:
    It's a shame about the damage it caused, but it was sure great to watch! ;-)
  • Dobka said:
    briliant nature shot... great detail of flash.. super
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • Jack High said:
    David the storm chaser !
    Great shot of the oncoming weather. You guys up in QLD having been copping a fair share lately, it even delayed the start of the cricket this morning.
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed! More tonight too.
  • perennialpal said:
    Great shot of this powerful storm.
  • thedreamyone said:
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks - 'twas amazing to watch.
  • Jennifer Renee said:
    Nice one David... love the idyllic foreground.. the contrast of the storm in the background makes it quite ominous!
  • leadegroot said:
    The set of shots I liked from this series were the ones where Dave had caught multiple photos of some horses running for home across the fields as they have spotted the storm coming. If you view them in sequence, you can visibly see these horses *runnning* across the countryside
    The effect isn't publishable, of course, but its really neat to see :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Jennifer. Yeah it was indeed ominous (and rightly so). I was quite surprised at how random the lightning was along the whole front.
    That was pretty neat :)
  • gayheb said:
    I love it.
  • David de Groot said:
    Not half bad eh?
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  • Cass n Dan said:
    For some reason i can't view larger versions of your pics? Strangeeeeeeeee........
  • David de Groot said:
    Try it now...
  • Cass n Dan said:
    Awesome :) All good now :)