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May 12, 2009

UTM Photo of the Month — May 2009

Filed under: UTM Updates — Mike U @ 9:26 pm

Cloud-to-Ground Staccato Lightning

Staccato cloud-to-ground lightning is perhaps the most photogenic of all lightning. It is termed “staccato” because the lightning is comprised of just one single, rapid discharge flash and is typically accompanied by a myriad of interesting and intricate branching. I was fortunate enough to have other interesting elements to this image including a distant windmill and the pointed near-surface stratus cloud. Details of this image: Nikon D200 body, 27mm focal length (43mm virtual focal length), 4.0s @ f/8, ISO 160. Taken April 25, 2009 near Woodward, Oklahoma


  1. Good stuff. The surface cloud really makes the image interesting with some of the lightening behind and one bolt actually piercing it.

    Comment by pcNielsen — May 13, 2009 @ 7:21 am

  2. Wow, the inclusing of the windmill really shows the scale of the lightning. Impressive capture!

    Comment by Beau Mitchell — May 16, 2009 @ 7:29 am

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