May 13, 2014

Beach Lightning

Photograph by Rudi Gunawan, National Geographic Your Shot

"I’m very passionate about landscape photography," says Your Shot member Rudi Gunawan. "For me, nature always reflects the power of the sublime, and as a human, I’m very grateful to be part of the experience. This shot was taken while I was on vacation with my family at Tanjung Lesung, West Java, Indonesia. I was looking for the sunset moment, which unfortunately never came because the sky was so cloudy and covered the sun."

But Gunawan could see lightning strikes in the distance. "Quickly, I set up my tripod, changed my camera settings, and let the camera adjust the shutter speed automatically. I made a couple shots and angles to capture the moment, and after around 15 minutes this is the shot that really described what I felt about the sublime qualities of nature."

This photo was recently featured in the final story of our Nature in Black and Whiteassignment.

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91 comments
Rochelle Westwood
Rochelle Westwood

What a powerful shot. A very intense bolt underneath that captures the attention, but then look what is going on above the clouds. Almost as if the universe were feeding energy into the cloud to produce that intense burst. I love this photo. I would like to hang it in my home.

Livy Armas
Livy Armas

Es hipnóticamente HERMOSA, gracias por compartir esta natural belleza, Felicidades

Antonio Falivene
Antonio Falivene

Beautiful! I particularly like the fact that the photo is shot in black and white. Sometimes it is better. Colors tend to be at time  to much aggressive on eye.

D Celestine
D Celestine

Fantastic moment frozen in time, incredibly awesome

권 태
권 태

정말 멋있네요 역시 네셔널지오그래픽^^

권 태
권 태

역시 네셔널지오그래픽이네.. 

멋있네요^^

TOM MARTIN
TOM MARTIN

One of the best lightning shots I've ever seen!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Nature at her awsome best, and a human camera shot that is able to capture it ! Thank you Rudi. A magnificent photograph,caught so very well. It's great to see the work of so many passion filled people and their photographs each day.  j.e.s........

Farshad Tasaodian
Farshad Tasaodian

Perfect shot and story! It made me ask myself if my life is also a very little part of a moment of lightening, just a spark of energy that does not last long? And it goes on, more and more questions just like a web similar to the one in this nice shot!

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