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Dec 29 2010

African Stormy Sunset – Thunderstorm Lightning Photography

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An electrical thunderstorm rolls across the South African landscape just as the sun is setting on the eve of Christmas 2010. 3 Lightning strikes make ground contact on the nearby hills completing the dramatic scene perfectly. Nature never ceases to amaze and seems to always catch me with surprises like these when I least expect it and it's a Christmas present I will remember for many years to come. (Copyright Mitchell Krog - Enquiries: image@mitchellkrog.com - REF: ZA-S1468)


As the sun was setting on the 24th of December 2010, the most incredible scene presented itself to me. I saw storms starting to build from around 5pm but thought they had arrived too early and the chances of catching the storms doing their thing at sunset seemed a bit of a long shot. In the last 10-15 minutes of the sun setting I saw there was a gap on the horizon and the potential for something amazing to take place. I dropped everything grabbed my camera’s and shot outside into the maize field. What happened thereafter was pure magic as nature pulled out all the stops and put on it’s fantastic light show for me. I’ve shot a few storms at sunset during the last 6 storm seasons but personally I think this one currently sits right at the top of my personal favourites and will probably remain that way until I one day (hopefully) ever top this.

I never expected anything for Christmas but Nature rolled in with this wonderful surprise for me and there’s certainly no complaints from my side.

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9 comments on “African Stormy Sunset – Thunderstorm Lightning Photography

  1. Holy kamoly, what an incredible shot and what a Christmas present. You never cease to raise the bar and your standard and your work is an eternal inspiration to me. Thanks for all your magnificent views of the world around us that you bring to our screens. I hope you have a really great 2011.

    I’ve taken some landscape photography workshops with other so-called pro’s but personally feel they use these courses to fund themselves getting to great locations to further their own photography. If you ever decide to start offering landscape photography courses please let me know because I’ll be your first customer, I’d like to learn from a true professional in this field.

    Take care and keep amazing us with your great work.

    Regards
    Eddie

    • Hi Eddie, thanks so much and glad you enjoy the images. I’ve had a number of requests for photography workshops and I may just be introducing some in 2011 and details will be posted here soon as I have ironed out all the details.

      All the best for 2011.

      mitchellkrog on said:
  2. Incredible action and drama, just can’t stop looking at this image and think I’ll be contacting you soon for a print of this one :)

    MartinK on said:
  3. What a stunner! I’ve always admired your work and you just never cease to amaze me. You have a unique way of telling an entire story in one single frame. Congratulations on your numerous well deserved Fuji Getaway awards in 2010 and all the very best for you and your family in 2011.

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