September 29, 2013

Lightning, Bay of Bengal

Photograph by Sandip Dey, Your Shot

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After an evening rain in Pondicherry, India, lightning continued to flash over the Bay of Bengal, here rimmed with the orange glow of nearby streetlights. Sandip Dey, a member of our photo community, wanted to make a dreamlike frame with the rough sea smoothed out to better showcase the drama of the sky. "I set the camera at f/16 and shot a few long exposure frames at 16mm," Dey writes. "Since I was making a single-exposure shot, I had to balance between the manual exposure duration and the amount of lightning that I wanted."

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64 comments
Antonio Falivene
Antonio Falivene

Very good shot!! and a good technique too. It is the right exposure and the light is excellent. 

Congratulations

Savannah Leung
Savannah Leung

One more thing can photos from earlier in the year & the year before can be uploaded cause since this year started I hvnt taken any shots.Sm1 plz reply to Me!.

Savannah Leung
Savannah Leung

Awesome I wish I could travel the World with this team :)

amol shende
amol shende

u can get chills,nature also has a dark humor side

color pattern is excelent

Noemi Mont
Noemi Mont

Parece un volcan increible me encanta


Felicia Putong
Felicia Putong

Something about this photo just seems to reach out to me...and challenges that dark side within me...

Barbara Ewart
Barbara Ewart

Sometimes timing is everything! This photograph is one of those! 

Shannon T
Shannon T

Stunning. Very powerful. Love it.

Monica G.
Monica G.

So cool!!!!  At first I thought it was a split photo.  Thanks for the explanation & for taking the time and effort for such a great shot.  Fantastic!   

Nilesh THAKAR
Nilesh THAKAR

Great Photo...beautiful moment captured...difficult to get once again.

Thanks a lot for sharing with us.

Irene Alexander
Irene Alexander

Haha, "pondicherry" Willy Wonka reference anyone? Anyway, this is a remarkable photo. What a stunning shot.

Ginger Parish
Ginger Parish

Congratulations, Sandip!! Well-deserved recognition for a wonderful shot!!! There is such a mystic feeling to this one. It's amazing.

Yash Kapoor
Yash Kapoor

wonderful unbelievable beauty of the nature......... 

Gil B.
Gil B.

it's amazing......

Janice H.
Janice H.

Ominous,....looks like another planet perhaps.     Awesome mix of color and light!

Aditya Khare
Aditya Khare

Marvelous photo!

One question though- How did the light prove to be sufficient when you used f/16? Maybe because the lightning illuminated the landscape at that precise moment?

Mairead K.
Mairead K.

Wow. Incredible shot. The amount of effort it took to create this photo really paid off!

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Sandip Dey
Sandip Dey

@Aditya Khare It was taken using long exposure, the shutter was kept open for around 3 and 1/2 minutes. That duration ensured, that I could catch the small residual light present in the sky. The lightning (in fact more than one) happened during that period. The orange glow of the sea is from the illuminated waves that were crashing against the rocks. The place is the rocky beach at Promenade, Pondicherry.

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