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A Star-Stack Timelapse of a Lightning Storm in Hawaii

Star stacking is a popular technique astro-photographers use to create photos and time-lapses of star trails. But what do you get when a lightning storm is also in the frame? Maui-based photographer Joe Domrad created a mesmerizing time-lapse that will show you.

Photos of Intense Lightning Storms in Volcanic Eruptions

Francisco Negroni is a Chilean freelance photographer has spent years pointing his camera at volcanic eruptions. Over time, he has captured a series of incredible photos showing the lightning of "dirty thunderstorms" that are found in massive volcanic plumes.

How this Epic Volcano Photo Was Shot

While some may think that award-winning photos are simply snapshots created at the right place and right time, there's often a huge amount of time, effort, and dedication that goes into the process. For Mexican photographer Sergio Tapiro, it was over 15 years and over 300,000 photos.

This Lightning Photo is 5.45 Gigapixels

Gigapixel photos and lightning photos are generally created two different ways. One requires a mosaic of photos stitched together, and the other is usually a wide-angle view that's exposed at the moment of a lightning strike. That's what makes photographer Dan Piech's image "The Hand of Zeus" so amazing: it's a 5.449-gigapixel photo of a lightning strike in New York City.

My Model Triggered a Lightning Self-Portrait, And She Nailed It

My model triggered this photo of herself holding a light-painting tube with lightning in the background. I did a 30-second edit of this picture at the airport in Albuquerque and posted it right away on Instagram. It went bananas.

‘Fractal’ is a Timelapse That Shows the Fury of Supercell Thunderstorms

"Fractal" is a gorgeous new 3-minute-long time-lapse film by Chad Cowan, a Kansas-based photographer who has spent 10 years, 100,000+ miles, and tens of thousands of shutter clicks chasing and shooting storms across the Midwest. This "stormlapse" in particular captures the awe-inspiring beauty and fury of supercell thunderstorms.

This is What Happens When a Drone is Struck by Lightning

Ever wondered what would happen if your fancy DJI Phantom drone got struck by lightning while you were out flying it? Well, wonder no more. Thanks to YouTuber Tom Scott and the University of Manchester High Voltage Lab, we can watch it happen... twice.

Tips I’ve Learned from Photographing Lightning in South Florida

My name is Alex Brock, and I'm a photo enthusiast living in South Florida. I spent many nights last summer chasing storms through swamps and along the beach attempting to learn to shoot lightning, and I'd like to share some things I learned to help others who are starting out.

How to Photograph Lightning: Helpful Tips for Nailing the Shot

Lightning is an amazing subject to try and photograph. Dazzling. Unpredictable. Fulfilling. I’ve been documenting the long arm of Zeus for more than two decades and still love it. First using transparencies and negatives, then digital. There are many ways to be creative when it comes to photographing lightning.

Catching Lightning with Red Bull Air Force Sky Diver Sean MacCormac

Have you ever looked out the window of a plane and imagined you were surfing the clouds? Red Bull Air Force member Sean MacCormac took it one step further by skysurfing the edge of a Florida thunderstorm on my most recent assignment, titled "Storm's Edge."

Slow Motion Lightning Strike Captured on an iPhone

It's not 7,207fps to be sure, but this hand-held slow motion iPhone video of lightning lighting up the sky above Ashburn, Virgina is still really cool—all the more so for how accessible shooting slow motion footage like this has become.

How I Captured Lightning Striking the Tallest Building in the World

My name name is Rustam Azmi, and I'm a photographer based in Dubai. I recently captured this photo of lightning striking the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper. In this post I'll share a little about how the shot was made.

A Lightning Bolt and Rainbow Captured in One Shot

Tucson, Arizona-based photography enthusiast Greg McCown recently managed to capture a shot of a lifetime. While shooting landscapes near the small town of Marana, Arizona, McCown snapped this beautiful photo showing both a lightning bolt and a rainbow in the sky.

"After years of trying I finally got my lightning and rainbow picture," McCown writes.