Back then, I was living in a tower in Lausanne (55km from Geneva) at the 11th level (out of 15, that's high for Switzerland). I had a beautiful view over the city (120'000 inhabitants) that is built over 7 hills (so you have many bridges and approximately 3 ways to go from one point to another, with no idea which one is the shorter).
That was a strange night, clouds were hanging over the city and there was one flash of lightning each 10 to 15 seconds! So I took my old minolta (it's entirely automatic, you cannot choose anything), sat in front of my window and, as it stayed open for 3 to 4 seconds, I pushed the trigger randomly trying to catch something... ending with 19 pictures, only 3 with flashes of lighting.
I have converted the picture to B&W, sharpened it, darkened the front, adjusted contrast and brightness and that gives that...
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mike_b (283) 2005-01-07 11:31
Great dramatic shot of lightning. I think being slightly grainy and in black and white makes the shot even more dramatic (kind of old world horror movie feel(?!))
Schultzy (5446) 2005-01-07 12:49
Le petit "plus" du cliché est sans conteste la silhouette de la ville sous l'éclair. J'ai tenté un WS pour enlever un peu de bruit. J'espère que tu aimeras...
Wolle (148) 2005-01-07 16:20
you caught the right moment.
I like the silhouette of the buildings in front of the lightened sky. The noisy sky underlines the spirit of the picture
jrzufferey (7305) 2005-01-09 5:48
Superbe, j'aime ce déchaînement d'énergie en particulier avec l'image fantôme de la ville. Amicalement/jr
markoci (3933) 2005-01-12 9:47
quite a beautiful shot especially with an automatic camera! it's indeed true, the more shots you take the better your chance of capturing that perfect moment. well done, congrats.
MvS (4163) 2005-01-19 16:50
Nice capture. Very dramatic sky.
- Copyright: Sebastien Monachon (hamster00) (60)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2000-09-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Minolta Riva 70W
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Lightning / Atmospheric Phenomena, the lightning and storm, Vikings [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-01-07 11:00
- Favorites: 1 [view]