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CarpeWave's photo of Alabama Point

Midnight Lightening over Perdido

Average rating of 4.49 from 63 votes

Alabama Point

Spot Location: Gulf Coast > Florida - West Coast > Alabama Point

Date Taken: 30th May 2010. 13892 page views since 17th June 2010.

Swell Rating Primary Swell Secondary Swell Wind (+ Gusts) Weather
0.8ft 2s 222.56°     6
mph
Thundery Showers 80°f
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Flak Bait Aug 19, 2010 Rating: 0

Wow, bro! best lightning shot on msw.

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Knife on Water Jun 23, 2010 Rating: 2

WOW! No wave, no bikini and one of the few shots on MSW that I'd actually put in a frame on my wall. Luck or not, well done.

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CarpeWave Jun 23, 2010 Rating: 1

Thanks so much! The luck part was that I was sleeping on my friend's pier and lightening storms rolled across the area on the other side of the water from where I was shooting....and it wasn't raining where I was! Wonderful setup for me to photograph something that I had been thinking about sooo much. Let me explain why I miss these storms so much. On Oahu, Hawaii i there's rarely thunderstorms. In Alabama, (where I'm from) during the summer months we usually get 'after noon thunderstorms' pretty much every day. The rain drops are large and there are many. If you stand outside in these rains, you're drenched. The lightening and thunder is amazing! I heard it on the radio when I was home that they issue weather warnings for the lightening storms. In a computer voice - 'Remember, if you can hear thunder, you're close enough to be struck by lightening.' The amount of lightening in one after noon in Alabama exceeds the yearly lightening on Oahu. It may be different up in the mountains, but I might see lightening and thunder about 5 times a year for the past 10 years I've lived on Oahu. All that said, lightening storms have been present in many years of my life. I miss after noon thunder storms so much, I think I might have attracted them to me. When I was in Alabama there were lightening storms every day. And, I got an entire night when all my friends went to bed early, I had nothing to do, and it stormed like crazy. It was pretty procedural to take the 30 sec long exposures over and over all night. So, the conditions were amazingly lucky, but the photos were pretty easy to take. Set on bucket, push shutter. Push shutter again after it shuts. Repeat.

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Mel in Florida Jun 20, 2010 Rating: 3

YES! i love this shot. One of my favorites!

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CarpeWave Jun 20, 2010 Rating: -1

Thanks Mel! So glad you like it.

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MantaWave Jun 18, 2010 Rating: 0

nice shot! wish it would zap some of that oil (and the executives who F****d up.

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dangalow Jun 22, 2010 Rating: -1

Well ain't that the truth Manta!...

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CarpeWave Jun 19, 2010 Rating: 0

Thanks! I'm from this area and I was glad to get to go home right before all this and see it one more time unspoiled. I sure hope they're able to get it all cleaned up.

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CarpeWave Jun 19, 2010 Rating: 1

Thanks! I'm from this area and I was glad to get to go home right before all this and see it one more time unspoiled. I sure hope they're able to get it all cleaned up.

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moonyface Jun 17, 2010 Rating: 1

looks like an advert for tooth ache . ironic for me too say that only having 3 and quarter teeth myself ,and they have been dead for years anyway

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Kaptain Kook Jun 18, 2010 Rating: 2

Hi Floss, have you ever thought about approaching Aquafresh? There may be an opening there for ya, if you excuse the pun.

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spongecam Jun 17, 2010 Rating: 0

the lightning illuminating the cloud is really nice

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CarpeWave Jun 19, 2010 Rating: 1

Yeah, I got pretty lucky with this one. This was my favorite of just about 30 lightening bolt shots from this night. It was the perfect night for this.

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sqirl Jun 17, 2010 Rating: -1

sweet capture! how did you do it?

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cosmicgoat Jun 18, 2010 Rating: 1

Ha! Best comeback... take that squirl!

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Sneakybadger Jun 18, 2010 Rating: 1

Hahahaha!!

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Kiwi John Jun 18, 2010 Rating: 0

I can do that, I just use my superhuman reactions!

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Portpipe Jun 17, 2010 Rating: -1

haha

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CarpeWave Jun 17, 2010 Rating: 6

I recommend a faster shutter speed than 30 seconds if that's the exposure you're going for. Around 1/1000 sec is a good number to shoot for if you're going for 'legal' or 'appropriate.' And attempting that speed may still get you in trouble with the law, or get you injured.

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sqirl Jun 17, 2010 Rating: 6

the last time i had a 30 second exposure i was drunk...and nearly got locked up!

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CarpeWave Jun 17, 2010 Rating: 2

I stayed up all night watching these lightening storms pass across the water. This was a 30 second exposure. Just hit the shutter and wait 30 seconds....hoping that you get a strike in the 30 sec.

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