Lightning Over Braunfels, Germany

October 31, 2012

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Photographer: Oliver Stiehler
Summary AuthorsOliver Stiehler; Jim Foster

October 2012 Viewer's Choice The photo above showing a cloud-to-ground lightning strike during an eerie electrical storm was taken from the balcony of my home overlooking the city of Braunfels, Germany. It doesn't take much imagination to think that late one night, in a lab of the pictured castle, such a bolt of electricity might jolt a certain man-made monster to life and rouse a caped count, known for his unnatural affinity for erythrocytes, from his cozy coffin. Braunfels is a picturesque, tranquil town during the day, but on a stormy night... well, it's best to keep your windows shut, your doors locked and a garlic bulb or two handy -- and try to ignore those baying hounds. Photo taken in August 29, 2012.

Photo Details: Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Focal Length: 63.0mm; Aperture: f/6.3; Exposure Time: 9.000 s; ISO equiv: 200; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows.