Twin lightning strikes, looking like an angel standing on the water, with its wings in the clouds.
Capturing this frame was very challenging. It’s an instant exposure that took eight days to achieve. The difficulty with lightning is that it is only there for the briefest time. The phrase “Can we try that again?” is not applicable – once it flashes, it’s gone. To capture this type of photograph you need to storm chase; in this case I chased storms for eight days with the intention of returning in a couple of weeks. Every night for eight days I had no sleep. My eyes were fixed on the heavens, watching for storms that might come my way. Higher Power was shot at 5am on the seventh morning. It was a strange storm traveling in the opposite direction of all the previous storms. It all came together so beautifully. A long, narrow stretch of cloud filled the frame perfectly. The cloud dissipated above me so that no rain and no lightning would fall on me. The moon was sitting behind the cloud adding to the magnificent mauve tone that illuminates this image. Originally I wanted to name this photograph ‘Angel’s Wings’, inspired by the faint glow behind the lighting that looks like an angel.
This was a very powerful twin strike. A few days before, in the same spot, lightning was striking all around me, with trees exploding – scary!
location: Northern Territory, camera: Tomiyama, lens Nikkor SW90, film: Fuji 100ASA, shutter speed: 3 minutes, filters: None, time and conditions: 5am, limited edition: 360
Printing and framing:
Limited Edition: Available as a limited edition at standard sizes: 100x32cm, 125x40cm, 150x48cm, 175x57cm, 200x64cm, 250x80cm, and 300x96cm.
Deliveries are fully insured and guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition. Domestic freight charges are included, and international freight is sent via Federal Express (TNT) and is depending on sizes (please see at checkout); priced from $30 (50x16cm) - $200 (250x80cm).
Printing: Printed with pigment inks on metallic photographic paper, and mounted on Acrylic glass; each image presents crisp, clear, and bright. Most people when first viewing the finished piece is convinced that it is lit from behind. Acrylic glass is a totally transparent material, with very little reflection, but is also very hardy and strong. It is also temperature and static neutral requiring very little cleaning. Available at various finished sizes and thickness of acrylic, please refer to the price list for all available options.
Gift Range: Recently I have released this Gift Range of smaller sizes, using the 3mm thick Acrylic. These smaller Gift sized images come with optional hanging methods including Acrylic ‘panels’ where they are hung on the wall using 3M self-adhesive ‘velcro’ tabs. They are great because you do not need to drill any holes, nor screw or nail hanging hooks. This product allows you to simply stick the finished Acrylic photograph directly to the wall easily and securely in just minutes. This adhesion method makes picture hanging safe for rentals, offices, tiles, glass, brick, or concrete; with totally safe removal or repositioning when and however you like.
The Gift Range is available in the sizes: 50x16cm and 75x24cm.
50x16cm (6 x 20 inch) – $198 (3mm slim baton), $240 (3mm with Float Frame), $280 (6mm with Float Frame)
75x24cm (9 x 30 inch) – $380 (3mm slim baton), $440 (3mm with Float Frame), $500 (6mm with Float Frame)
‘Slim baton’ is an aluminium strip on the back of the finished Acrylic.
‘Float Frame’ is an aluminum frame on the back of the finished Acrylic, of which comes with an interlocking aluminum rail that you screw to the wall.
(‘3M velcro system' can be used for all of the above options.)
Cleaning: When cleaning simply use a feather duster and a microfibre cloth (if necessary use “isopropyl alcohol”).
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