Birth of the Universe – A thunderstorm

Birth of the Universe - A Thunderstorm by V-Light
Birth of the Universe – A Thunderstorm | 18.06.2014 23:45pm

 

Hello my friends πŸ˜€

Β  The weather here has been very stormy lately but that was a great opportunity for me to take some new photos. I always found thunderstorms very fascinating and it would be an understatement to say that i’m not in love with them. My grandmother is terrified by them and here i am running outside with my tripod as soon as i hear a thunder πŸ™‚

Β  So last night it was a distant thunderstorm, i didn’t hear any thunders, i didn’t see any lightnings. I had reports from several of my friends who live in Thessaloniki that there was a storm there and i thought to check it out. From my balcony i could see some action in the distance. I began taking some wide angle photos but the lightnings were not strong enough to make the scene interesting so i decided to pull out a zoom lens and try to get closer to the center of the storm.

Β  After a while iΒ  realized the storm wasn’t moving very fast so i could predict where to focus and how to compose my shots. The heavy clouds most of the times covered the shapes of the lightnings passing through them but that created a very interesting light play.

Β  Most of my exposures are about 7-9 seconds long. In the first images that i did a longer exposure you can see the movement in the clouds which was not an effect i liked. As for post-processing i did add some saturation and contrast to make them more colorful and dramatic but the difference in color tones was there and that’s how this storm felt to me. I hope you enjoy πŸ˜‰

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32 thoughts on “Birth of the Universe – A thunderstorm

    1. Hehe, thank you Stefan! I did feel like i was shooting something in space, the whole experience was amazing πŸ™‚ Did you see the rest of the photos?…There is a gallery in the bottom of the post πŸ˜‰

    1. πŸ™‚ No worries, it’s just that wordpress makes the post look like it’s only 1 image and i’m worried that people won’t even see the gallery. I know there’s an option for a gallery view for posts but i don’t like it πŸ˜›

    1. Hehe, i’m all for light…V-Light was not accidentally chosen as my name πŸ˜‰ Thank you very much for the kind words! Well most of the photos were taken from about 23:00 to 00:00…I can’t quite understand how that warm light was created on the bottom but my guess is that it was probably because it was very close to the ground. In the last photo you can see part of Sithonia, the second “leg” of the Halkidiki peninsula πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you πŸ˜€ The lightnings that were close to the ground, very close to where i cut the composition of my photos were stronger…So i guess that could be the reason for that warm color.

  1. Great work Alex! Without too much earthly reference points you might very well be out in space documenting the birth of a galaxy. Nicely done and thanks for the shooting info.

    1. Thank you Robert πŸ™‚ It did feel that way. I was so absorbed into the moment and trying to focus on the center of the storm that i felt like i was in another dimension. That was, until i suddenly heard Katy Perry’s – Dark Horse playing loud from the hotel next to my house and i abruptly landed back to earth πŸ˜›

  2. These are so gorgeous, Alex. I love them all. I’m also very envious as I’ve been waiting for similar storms to roll in over Bondi beach. I just never seem to be around when one starts to build.

    1. Thank you very much Distan πŸ™‚ These storms were totally unexpected, we are supposed to have summer here not rain and a storm almost every night. But i can’t complain, i got some nice shots and a lot of inspiration to do other things as well. I do wish you to encounter a nice storm soon, i’ll be waiting to see the photos πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank youuu πŸ™‚ It was a blast to take these photos! I don’t think i ever enjoyed shooting something so much! πŸ˜€ Hahahaha…It was quite unsettling to be so focused into the storm and then suddenly hear Katy Perry playing in the background! No offense Katy but please don’t ever disturb my focus coming in with your Dark Horse…Thanks XXX

      1. That’s the trouble with these Pop minxes…Give’em a bloody horse (dark or otherwise), and they think they can go anywhere on the bloody thing…
        Down-right inconsiderate!!
        Doesn’t she know you’re an ARTISTE ??
        Lightning is too good for her!

  3. It’s easy to see how these storm formations electrified the minds of ancient peoples. Who couldn’t believe in the Gods after seeing such a display. Beautiful work, I ‘m hooked πŸ˜‰

    1. That is so true…Now we can explain almost everything scientifically, years before this probably wouldn’t be conceived as a simple storm… Either way, it’s still something magical in my eyes and i feel beyond blessed that i could take these photos! I’m very happy i could share this beautiful moment with all of you πŸ˜€

        1. πŸ˜€ Great to hear this! I was really into it, i don’t think i ever felt so present when shooting something. It was an amazing experience for me and i’m glad that i managed to get some nice photos to share πŸ˜€

            1. I thought that we didn’t have such storms here too but it was actually a very typical thunderstorm. My wide angle images of this were nothing special, it was quite far away…When i zoomed in, that’s when the magic happened πŸ™‚ It helped that the storm was between the clouds and close to the ground, so i got some intense colors. When a lightning fell close to the ground the colors were very warm! It was amazing πŸ™‚

  4. Hello Alex, So lucky to have storms, now if we would have THOSE here in the French Riviera where it is 30 C, very hard ….. but lucky you πŸ™‚ I also love them and stunning shots! Quick question: how much were they (or were not) edited? Kind regards, M.

      1. Hello Monika! πŸ™‚ Yes, these are from last year, still from Greece! πŸ™‚ I haven’t really seen any storms with thunders in Vienna yet. It’s usually during the day and that doesn’t really inspire me to take photos. I didn’t do much editing, of course i did punch up the saturation, contrast and clarity to make the result more dramatic…but all the purple and warm tones were already there. I didn’t add anything that wasn’t there if that’s what you are asking… I just took what i had and made it more dramatic πŸ˜€

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