Summer Storm by Cliff Wassmann
© 2009 Cliff Wassmann

    • Title: Summer Storm
    • Artist: Cliff Wassmann
    • From: Dana Point, CA US

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    • Address: 34145 Pacific Coast Hwy. #127
      Dana Point, CA 92629, US

    Artist Statement

    It is very rare to have lightning along the coast in this part of California. One night just before sunset I noticed a cell moving in that was just bursting with electricity. I wanted some nice composition rather than just the storm straight out over the water so I walked down to the end of the beach where the headland enters the water. Since it was still daylight I could only do 1-second exposures. So I just clicked when I thought something might happen. I got several shots with bolts in them but this was especially nice as the shape of the lightning bolt blends nicely with the sweep of the clouds and movement in the water. All perfectly balanced with the rocks on the left. As the storm was moving south, parallel to the coastline, I never even got wet!