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Thunderstorm over Beirut

By akhater
We had a rare thunderstorm in Lebanon yesterday night and I took some shots.

This one is take from “Ain Saade”, a village about 600meters above sea level from my balcony. The city that you can see is Beirut, Lebanon’s capital.

My camera was secured on a tripod and each exposure was about 25 to 30seconds with white balance set to tungsten to compensate for light pollution of the city.

This one is a combination of 3 shots each having 1 to 3 bolts in different places and merged in Photoshop using the “lighten” blending mode. After that mainly S-curves to increase contrast.

If interested you can check this tutorial for tips about thunder photography.

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Location: Ain Saade, Lebanon
ref: 2008-10-27_EOS 40D_100-0864-086
MCN: CA0C4-572C1-B422A
Image details
Image size
800x533px 105.37 KB
Canon EOS 40D
Shutter Speed
25/1 second
Focal Length
60 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Oct 27, 2008, 10:54:06 PM
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clippingpathindia's avatar
You are literally fabulous. You are very good at that. Keep going.
LARK0278's avatar
I like it,It is nice in this photo is also good feeling.
DigitalUnicorn's avatar
May I use this in one of my latest photo manipulations? :3
akhater's avatar
please feel free. if it is not much to ask just send me a link to it so I can see it :D
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4th-Hokage-forever's avatar
waaaaaaw bet 3a22id!!!! wish i had such a view from our house :P
WindInTheCoffeeCup's avatar
Hello! I featured this here: [link] :)
akhater's avatar
thank you so much !!!
SeekHim's avatar
This is stunning!

I've always had a fascination with lightning. When I was little I heard someone say that lightning
is a tear in the sky and through it you can see into heaven where everything is brightness and glory.
Part of me has thought of ligtning that way ever since.

GOD bless
John 3:16
fotografka's avatar
You've been feature here: [link] :)
akhater's avatar
I'm humbled thanks a lot
fotografka's avatar
You're welcome :)
Meteorolog's avatar
Great picture! Very nice photo linghting power.
BinAmin's avatar
This is what I call the perfect shot!
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JGerPhotography's avatar
That's quite impressive. Nicely done.
akhater's avatar
glad you liked it, thanks for the comment
1001G's avatar
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thank you so much !
Caspian09's avatar
This is awesome!!
Hilarious shot! I have always tried to take the picture of thunderstorm but failed. You did a really nice work.
Beirut Lebanon
TasteMyKiss's avatar
Can I use this for a Youtube video?
Indeficienter's avatar
its beautiful! my grandfather was actually born in that city, but i've never visited unfortunately :)
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