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#75499 - 28/01/2003 21:56 Close Cg strike photo - Christmas Eve, Sunshine Coast
Ben Quinn (BSCH) Offline
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Registered: 23/06/2001
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Loc: Caboolture, ~45km north of Bri...
Evening all

I was sent these photos from a guy by the name of David Keffyn. They were taken from Golden Beach (Caloundra) on the Sunshine Coast, north of Brisbane, on Christmas Eve 2002. As you can see the Cg in the first photo is incredibly close! His description is below

"I had the camera on the tripod on open exposure, it is a shear fluke that I got it on camera. It was so close it threw my Missus off the balcony back into the apartment, and it singed some of the hair on my arm and slightly knocked the wind from me. It was darn close, a little too close actually, but fun none the same smile "



An amazing photo! And believe it or not, he kept shooting



That first one is very close too!

Clicking on any photo will bring up a full size version

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#75500 - 28/01/2003 22:06 Re: Close Cg strike photo - Christmas Eve, Sunshine Coast
bigwilly Offline
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Registered: 25/09/2002
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GREAT PHOTOS, although a little too close i think.
2 questions, in the first photo are there balls of something looking like they are travelling towards the strike? and secondly, is that pine tree in the first photo, the one closest to the strike bending away from it or was it naturally like that?

:cheers: BW
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#75501 - 28/01/2003 22:17 Re: Close Cg strike photo - Christmas Eve, Sunshine Coast
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HOLY <....>

Did he say what the sound was like? I'd imagine deafening.

With these lightning pics, can you just take it with a normal camera, or do you need something which keeps the shutter open for a period of seconds?

Rainlover laugh

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#75502 - 28/01/2003 22:46 Re: Close Cg strike photo - Christmas Eve, Sunshine Coast
flip Offline
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Registered: 27/12/2001
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Loc: Concord, Sydney
That is completly surreal!! #@$%!!

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#75503 - 29/01/2003 09:49 Re: Close Cg strike photo - Christmas Eve, Sunshine Coast
Danos Offline
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Registered: 06/12/2002
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Loc: Deception Bay
Wow amazing photos laugh

Quote:
Originally posted by Rainlover:
Did he say what the sound was like? I'd imagine deafening.
Id think it'd be extremely loud, I remember lightning hit about 500m from me one time, and the crack left a ringing in my ears for 10mins afterwards. I reccon he's lucky not to have burst eardrums laugh

-Armishdan

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#75504 - 29/01/2003 17:45 Re: Close Cg strike photo - Christmas Eve, Sunshine Coast
astrogen Offline
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Registered: 19/10/2002
Posts: 1987
Loc: Brisbane
Quote:
Originally posted by Rainlover:
HOLY <....>

Did he say what the sound was like? I'd imagine deafening.

With these lightning pics, can you just take it with a normal camera, or do you need something which keeps the shutter open for a period of seconds?

Rainlover laugh
yes you need a camera that can hold the shutter open
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#75505 - 29/01/2003 18:35 Re: Close Cg strike photo - Christmas Eve, Sunshine Coast
Jorrit (Holland) Offline
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Registered: 10/12/2002
Posts: 289
Loc: Ouderkerk (Netherlands)
Amazing pics! eek

Regards, Jorrit

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#75506 - 29/01/2003 19:28 Re: Close Cg strike photo - Christmas Eve, Sunshine Coast
Thunderbolt Offline
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Registered: 12/09/2002
Posts: 446
Loc: Northern Downs, North of Dalby...
Hello, Bodie
the person that sent those pictures would have been blinded by that flash of lightning eek .
those shots are unreal and Amazing laugh
Tbolt cool

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#75507 - 29/01/2003 20:23 Re: Close Cg strike photo - Christmas Eve, Sunshine Coast
David Offline
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Registered: 10/11/2001
Posts: 3002
Loc: Melbournes SE
eek eek What can i say?
a bit to close when your outdoors though.

David laugh

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#75508 - 29/01/2003 21:08 Re: Close Cg strike photo - Christmas Eve, Sunshine Coast
Jared Offline
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Registered: 01/10/2002
Posts: 8
Loc: Armidale
eek eek eek that is absolutly amazing...top pics smile

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#75509 - 29/01/2003 23:00 Re: Close Cg strike photo - Christmas Eve, Sunshine Coast
Ben Quinn (BSCH) Offline
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Registered: 23/06/2001
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Loc: Caboolture, ~45km north of Bri...
A little too close for comfort, yes wink

Not sure about the balls Bigwilly but that pine tree looks the same in both the first and second photos so i assume it's grown that way.

He didn't actually mention anything about the thunder - i asked him in my reply. All the close strikes (say <50m) i've encountered though have had more of a short sharp whip crack type thunder.

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#75510 - 29/01/2003 23:24 Re: Close Cg strike photo - Christmas Eve, Sunshine Coast
Weathernut Offline
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Registered: 24/07/2002
Posts: 5207
Loc: Darwin, Northern Territory
Great pic`s...You should send the to the Weather Channel feedback@weatherchannel.com.au ..
:cheers:

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#75511 - 30/01/2003 10:18 Re: Close Cg strike photo - Christmas Eve, Sunshine Coast
Manda Offline
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Registered: 07/02/2002
Posts: 12
Loc: Bowen
Brilliant photo's!!!!

Mandy :cheers:

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#75512 - 30/01/2003 12:22 Re: Close Cg strike photo - Christmas Eve, Sunshine Coast
davo Offline
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Registered: 13/07/2001
Posts: 82
Loc: Perth
Great stuff Bodie!! I've used the first one as the background on my PC - the flash on the left just contains all my icons nicely. Looks like it was made for it! :nerd:

keep it up (if you dare!)

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#75513 - 31/01/2003 02:11 Re: Close Cg strike photo - Christmas Eve, Sunshine Coast
Heather Offline
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Registered: 25/11/2001
Posts: 297
Loc: Bribie Island, QLD, 153.2E 27...
WOW GREAT PIC'S !!!!!! eek eek eek
Nice to see what happens at the other end of Bribie Island ( the land in the background to the right of the pic's ) That night was some terrific lightning but just passed us to the Caloundra end of Bribie.
Far tooooo close for comfort though, hope they were ok afterwards. When I've had a close call the noise is very sharp crack like someone cracking a stockwhip right close to your ears.

:cheers:
Heather
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