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Posted: 2/17/2006 10:18:09 AM EDT
teslamania.delete.org/frames/longarc.htm#Pos-Lightning1


Go to the hi-res version and look at the secondary arcing that's rippling through the tree a few feet away.

Holy SHIZNIT!
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:19:53 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/17/2006 10:20:00 AM EDT by roboman]
I'm going to be a dick and call
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:26:57 AM EDT
nice
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:28:51 AM EDT
if it's no bs, that's pretty cool and scarry at the same time
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:29:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By roboman:
I'm going to be a dick and call



I want to say the same. One in a Brazillion shot, and I would have to say that I don't know of a camera that can take a picture of a light that bright that close and not be washed out.

The picture is just too perfect.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:30:12 AM EDT
I'd pay money for one of those resin blocks.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:32:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/17/2006 10:37:05 AM EDT by Wraithtouch]
Thats a still off a video I believe think I saw the video on ebaums or compfused going to go look now
NM saw it on Nation geographic in cable on deman. IIRC was a hour long show all about lightning. The guy who took it had video taped storms for 10 years hoping to get a good video and finally got this one
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:32:38 AM EDT

That rippling effect by the tree is a reflection in the lens. See it all the time in the movies in bright light.

Shok
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:35:05 AM EDT
ill have to make that my 'id hit it with the hand of zeus' forum image...
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:36:26 AM EDT
The closest lightning strike I've ever seen was last summer, it looked like it struck a tree on the other side of the parking lot I was by, maybe 100-200 yards away. It was so loud I felt it through my chest and my ears were ringing for while after. It didn't look nearly as impressive as the pic in that link though.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:36:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ArmedAggie:
I'd pay money for one of those resin blocks.



You can. They sell them.
Pretty cool stuff.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:39:39 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:53:19 AM EDT
That's either a good digital rendering or a shot from a REALLY nice camera.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:55:18 AM EDT

Originally Posted By roboman:
I'm a dick



We know.


Cool pic.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:57:08 AM EDT
needs a new coat of paint.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:58:22 AM EDT

Originally Posted By roboman:
I'm going to be a dick



So what else is new?

CO
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 11:01:09 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/17/2006 11:01:39 AM EDT by MillerSHO]
I'm not photoshop expert but wouldn't the reflections of light off the leaves of the other trees be too hard to create?

It looks very real too me but wtf do I know.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 11:02:18 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:

Originally Posted By roboman:
I'm a dick



We know.


Cool pic.



+1
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 11:06:51 AM EDT
I bet that was loud
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 11:08:49 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mjohn3006:

Originally Posted By roboman:
I'm going to be a dick and call



I want to say the same. One in a Brazillion shot, and I would have to say that I don't know of a camera that can take a picture of a light that bright that close and not be washed out.

The picture is just too perfect.



I've seen other legit photos of lightning that close, why can't this be real?
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 11:12:58 AM EDT
It is real. I read a story about it on the news a couple days ago.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 11:17:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By johndel:
It is real. I read a story about it on the news a couple days ago.



i'm not contesting the validity of the photo myself, but your "proof" that the photo is real is kind of weak.

just remember: more thrusts per squeeze.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 3:48:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Kamikazi:

I've seen other legit photos of lightning that close, why can't this be real?



'Cause he's on the intarweb, and he says so.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 3:55:47 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 3:58:06 PM EDT
Damn!
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 4:11:31 PM EDT
Closest lighting strike I've witnessed was 1 block away in an old downtown area. I drove around the block to see what it had struck and there was still brick colored dust hanging in the air around one of the buildings. Probably the LOUDEST thing I've ever heard.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 4:43:28 PM EDT
That looks to me to be a reflection of the main bolt made by the reflections between the lenses of the camera.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 5:03:29 PM EDT
One of those was responsible for the drowning deaths of three swimmers in lake texoma a couple of years ago.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 5:07:53 PM EDT
Holy mo fo, that is a cool pic, batman
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 5:53:45 PM EDT
The closest I've been to a lightning strike was right across the street from my house (about 30 yards). It was a little before 4am when my wife and I woke up to a LOUD crack that felt like a punch in the chest. We figured lightning hit the house, so we got up and looked around, but nothing was burning, and the electricity was still on. Checked on the boys, and they were still fast asleep, even though their room across the hall was closer to where the lightning actually hit.

Later that morning I went outside and noticed the bark that had been peeled off the 60-foot tree across the street like someone had run a vegetable/ fruit peeler down it in a swervy pattern. Our neighbors considered themselves lucky that the lightning didn't split their tree and cause it to fall on their house.

It was by far the loudest noise I've ever experienced. My ears actually rang from it.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 6:57:48 PM EDT
What's wild about the pic is the fact that the actual bolt is probably only 3/8" in diameter. The rest is just refraction.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 7:40:47 PM EDT
Saw the actual video on MaxX.

His mom starts screaming, asking him if he's ok (he's screaming like a little girl) and then he says "NO MOM, IM FINE! LET ME BE PROFESSIONAL ON THE MOVIE!" or something like that.

Was really funny.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 7:52:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 8:04:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 8:04:29 PM EDT
If that is indeed genuine, he is one lucky mo-fo that environmental conditions were just right that he is not a bbq special today.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 8:12:10 PM EDT
ilikelegs,

Great pics, I've been intimate with lightning a few times.

Never got pictures like those though.

GM
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 9:38:13 PM EDT
When I was a kid I saw lighting hit a tree 100 yards away from my Grandma's back porch in South Alabama. A sight I will never forget, middle of the day, tree brilliant white, then the sound.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 9:50:04 PM EDT
It's real. It happens. I have video of chasers being that close to strikes. If someone cares to tell me how to post it. I've been within 20 yds of a strike, in my house. It hit the tree across the street. The current travelled through the wet ground into the house. I had my foot on the threshold, and got zapped. It blew all the breakers in the house. Positive strikes happen. But not as often as the negative ones. The postive ones can really do alot of damage.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:21:46 PM EDT
Had lightning stike about 12 ft from our front door. Hit the neighbors tree and spiralled down the length of the tree, about 48 ft. It sounded like a 55mm howister going off. The wife was in the kitchen and thought the neighbor had a natural gas explosion. Our plate glass front room window bowed a good 6 inches but didn't break!!

We cut the tree down the next day. The neighbors son cut it open and you could see the path the lightning made down it's length. That's closer that I ever want to be to lighning again.
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