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Lightning in Slow Motion

Posted by Matt on August 8th, 2008 filed in Digital Photography Hints & Tips, Nature Photos, Outdoor Photography, Photo Inspiration

Obviously this isn’t a static photo, but it was such a beautiful example of how a lightning strike builds up that we had to show it. You can see how the electrostatic charge spiders down from the top left, with many small tendrils each searching for an earthing point. Then, blammo, one of the points a third from the left hits ground and there’s the bright arc we all know and love.

You could take the same video with a handy lightning storm and some patience. Oh and you may also need a high speed video camera to slow it all down as the initial part happens in microseconds and most digital cameras only support slow frame rates such as 15 or 30 frames per second (FPS) to save their memory cards. And remember to stay safe!

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