Strong Thunderstorm Over France

July 21, 2021


Photographer: Donato Lioce

Summary Author: Donato Lioce & Cadan Cummings

This photo of a thunderstorm in France was created by stacking five long exposure images taken over two minutes. While there was clear sky above me, I noticed lightning nearby on the horizon. A majority of this intense storm cell is intra-cloud and cloud-to-cloud lightning, although occasional cloud-to-ground lightning is seen striking the land surface. Intra-cloud lightning is the most frequent form and is also called sheet lightning because of how it lights up the sky. I find this image interesting because the intra-cloud lightning gives the image a sense of explosion.

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