Super Thunderstorm Above Athens

July 05, 2010

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Photographer: Chris Kotsiopoulos; Chris’ website
Summary Author: Chris Kotsiopoulos

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The photo above shows just a snippet of an amazing electrical storm that lashed Athens, Greece on June 28, 2010. It’s actually a sequence of 42 stacked shots, caught in Olympic Stadium,  during a severe early afternoon thunderstorm. It took me about 30 minutes to capture 51 lightning shots; nine shots were ruined because of excess brightness. These awesome cloud-to-ground bolts were striking the surface approximately five hundred feet in front of the camera.

Photo details: Canon EOS 550D camera; shutter Speed of  3.2 seconds x 42 shots; aperture of 4.0; ISO 100;  Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 lens; focal length of 15.0 mm.