Double Exposure Lightning Photo


Photo: Richard Gottardo

Photographer and storm-chaser Richard Gottardo snapped this "one in a million shot" of a lightning bolt striking a tree. PetaPixel has the story:

Photographing a lightning strike from close-up is a difficult and dangerous task, but Toronto-based wedding photographer and weather buff Richard Gottardo managed to capture something even crazier: a double-exposure photograph caused by the bolt of lightning itself.

He captured the ridiculous image above while pointing his Canon 5D Mark II out of his driver-side window and snapping 30-second exposures while speeding down a road at around 45 miles per hour. The lightning bolt (coupled with his motion) caused the double exposure by illuminating the scene twice: first when it struck the tree, and next when it shot from the tree to the ground. There are plenty of multi-exposure photos online that were created by doing this with strobes, but with lightning? That’s cray-zee.

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