Comments: lightning storm

Simply amazing! Good job!

Posted by cherry at August 3, 2006 01:49 AM

W-O-W !! i ran out of power for 18 hours because of those beautiful beasts!
thx for sharing this sam! good stuff

Posted by Mim at August 3, 2006 01:49 AM

i hate you. i got home (to my three storey house) in enough time to get one exposure before the storm blew on. it was no where near this good.

Jealous, Darren

Posted by darren at August 3, 2006 01:49 AM

Amazing. Would make a great wallpaper!

Keep it up


Posted by Lucas at August 3, 2006 01:51 AM

Pretty cool lightening, ive often tried to get something like this but you are too good.

Posted by Andrew at August 3, 2006 02:00 AM

Any chance of a wallpaper (1024x768 for me) size of that one?

Posted by Wednesday at August 3, 2006 02:15 AM

Incredible capture! Thats quite a storm.

Posted by ROB at August 3, 2006 02:21 AM

Amazing, this has got to be the best shot of lightning I have seen - ever - no kidding - really.

Posted by Steve W at August 3, 2006 02:28 AM

I hope you know that you need to update this for a wallpaper =)

Posted by Flow at August 3, 2006 02:29 AM

Magic. Thank you.

Posted by Diego Florida at August 3, 2006 02:36 AM


That's one of the things I miss about living in a building - all the great views of lighting around town.

Posted by Chris at August 3, 2006 02:37 AM

i love your photos:x

Posted by golnazvala at August 3, 2006 02:45 AM


Posted by rebecca at August 3, 2006 02:55 AM

Great picture!
Any chance of a wallpaper ( 1680x1050 ;-) ) version please?
You've certainly had good use out of your 10-22 lens.

Posted by Mark H at August 3, 2006 03:00 AM

Wow! Great capture of the lightening! What kind of post processing was done on this picture? It is awsome.

Posted by mike at August 3, 2006 03:07 AM

That is a beautiful picture. Lightning is always incredible to look at. This is an excellent shot. And you have quite a nice view from your kitchen

Posted by Krishna at August 3, 2006 03:09 AM

nice one Sam..... you know this one is going to get a lot of comments........ sometimes you must inwardlly smile when some of your images come up on the computer screen for the first time.... again .... real nice....

Posted by David at August 3, 2006 03:13 AM

WOW.. this shot is incredible!!!// keep upp the good work sam

Posted by rwalkker at August 3, 2006 03:23 AM

So beautiful angle view and composition.
Excellent light of buildings and thunder.

Posted by Pooriya at August 3, 2006 03:30 AM

some view out the kitchen window! ;)

Posted by Susie at August 3, 2006 03:33 AM

Great capture - especially the thick fork catching the tower!

Posted by Mark Nuttall at August 3, 2006 03:43 AM

Did you use any flash-triggers to start the shot?

Btw, excellent photo. Especially the lightning which is ending in some tower (CN tower?).

Posted by Santhosh at August 3, 2006 04:01 AM


Posted by Ali at August 3, 2006 04:04 AM

wallpaper version please (I'm sure I'm not the only one requesting this :D)

thanks in advance

Posted by Anonymous Coward at August 3, 2006 04:15 AM


Posted by Stephanie at August 3, 2006 04:20 AM

all i have to say is holy crap.. that picture is awsome

Posted by eladdy at August 3, 2006 04:59 AM

That is an awsome shot, Sam...
And the CN-tower got the full load!

Posted by BOK at August 3, 2006 05:04 AM

wow, it's amazing!

Posted by Ehsan at August 3, 2006 05:21 AM

Simply WOW!

Posted by José Rui Abreu Mira at August 3, 2006 05:25 AM

Wow, what a fantastic shot. Can you make this available at desktop res please?

Posted by Anthony at August 3, 2006 05:26 AM

Absolutely love the shot - did you use a tripod?
Truly inspiring work - your water watcher has been the only iage that hasn't grabbed me!
Keep up the brilliant work.

Posted by Jonathan at August 3, 2006 05:53 AM

wow really impressive ! can you post a wallpaper of this one maybe ? it's hard to find beautiful wide wallpapers !

Posted by JC at August 3, 2006 06:13 AM

Wow! Perfect shot... right on the CN Tower. If you have any tips for shooting lightning, I'm all ears.

Posted by Sean Galbraith at August 3, 2006 06:23 AM

Awesome picture man!!! Great shot have no more words for it! Grtz Dweaf

Posted by dweaf at August 3, 2006 06:41 AM

Oh my Gosh! This is unreal! I don't know if you can get luckier than this! I can see one of them touching the CN tower! I love it.

Posted by Art at August 3, 2006 06:49 AM

Fabulous picture - I just have to ask for it as a wallpaper. Please?

Posted by Ken at August 3, 2006 06:55 AM

great timing, I have never been able to capture lightning myself, I wish I could do it sometime.

Posted by Chantal at August 3, 2006 07:06 AM

do you guys get an extraordinary amount of lightning up there or what? I'm not sure what catches my eye more the lightning or teh wicked relfection of the city street in the building on the right. Between you and i think there might be a lightning shoot off! great stuff.

Posted by doodlehedz at August 3, 2006 07:13 AM

Wow Sam, what a view and did you ever catch the tower doing its thing. Dang, direct hit. Beautiful photograph.

Posted by Richard at August 3, 2006 07:17 AM

Wow. That's one of your best. I live in eastern Canada too and I have rarely seen storms like this!

Posted by ben at August 3, 2006 07:27 AM

Quite a contrast from yesterday's picture.

Posted by Peruby at August 3, 2006 07:28 AM

You lucky bugger! I was really pleased with my lightning pic until I saw this... Damn you for facing the right way!

Posted by Dave at August 3, 2006 07:32 AM

I am in awe. How do you get such crisp detail and color? Perfect timing too, great photo.

Posted by faustina at August 3, 2006 07:34 AM


Fantastic. Is that a bolt hitting the Tower??? This is such a wild shot. You have an amazing view from you kitchen.

I dream of getting shots like this...sigh

Posted by Laurie at August 3, 2006 07:40 AM

I've always wondered the best way to capture lighting. Do you just set a long exposure and wait?

btw...this picture is a beautiful shot. can you upload a wallpaper-sized version?

Posted by Scott at August 3, 2006 07:48 AM

That's simply awesome!!! HOW'D YOU GET THAT SHOT?


Posted by MARK at August 3, 2006 07:53 AM have a nice view from your kitchen!!!
And, more than this, you have very good pictures. Congratulations!

Posted by nat at August 3, 2006 08:04 AM

Said out lou...


Posted by Matt at August 3, 2006 08:05 AM

Wow!!! Incredible shot!!! But it's normal in this photoblog to see amazing photos...

Posted by gmalandra at August 3, 2006 08:06 AM

This is a great shot. I love lightening and you certainly captured it well here. Thanks for braving the elements and getting this view. I love it.

Posted by J. Rivera at August 3, 2006 08:10 AM

Who doesn't like a good photograph of lightning on an urban skyline? A simple no nonsense narrative: man vs. nature. This ont is particularly well composed, as if the lightning was a very cooperative subject. An odd dimensional tension is created by the phantom street reflection in the forthbay of the foreground building. Top Notch Sam. Hi Steve!

Posted by SubliminalDave at August 3, 2006 08:14 AM

i'm ready to visit toronto

Posted by ken at August 3, 2006 08:23 AM

How do you get the shutter to go at the time of the lightning????

Posted by Jason at August 3, 2006 08:43 AM

Um, you know when you do that thing where you make the picture available as desktop wallpaper? Can you do that for this one? Your work is amazing dude. Been a fan for about a year now. Thank you.

Posted by k at August 3, 2006 08:46 AM

Okay, first of all, that's a pretty great view from your kitchen! Second, that is some pretty crazy lightning.

Great capture, as always.

Posted by jodi at August 3, 2006 08:51 AM

Ya know, Sam? Every now and then you post one that I end up calling my new favorite. This is another!! When I think you can't top one of your best, you prove me wrong. I'm glad. This is awesome Sam. Really. I try to get lightning all the time but just can't find the right spot. Looks like you live in the right spot! I'm glad the lightning hit that lightning rod and not your place!

Posted by Nate at August 3, 2006 08:51 AM

Wow, this shot is just incredible. That must have been a crazy storm to get that much lightning in 10 seconds. Love the big bolt shooting down to the tower.

Posted by Phil at August 3, 2006 08:53 AM

Holy Crap!
And this Photo is not edited... ir at least all of those lightning bolts are Real?! Dude you are lucky, how in the World did you get a shot like that!??

Posted by David Goering at August 3, 2006 09:01 AM

Is that lightning stroke at the CN tower or just a sheer co-incidence with the background?

I'm jealous of you having this (particular) view.

Posted by Pieter at August 3, 2006 09:07 AM

Stunning. Was outside during the storm last night and could never catch a strike; I was always looking the wrong way. A wall paper version would be nice. Cheers.

Posted by Jack at August 3, 2006 09:07 AM

also, what a great view from your kitchen!!

Posted by shula at August 3, 2006 09:16 AM

Oh my god! This is a fabulous lightning shot. Truly amazing that you captured it nailing the CN Tower. Fabulous.

Posted by Daniel Seguin at August 3, 2006 09:21 AM

Wow! this is one of the best city lightning photos I've seen. Facinating how much electric there was in the sky at one time, very impressive... Right now I'd just settle for some rain here in NYC to help with this 100 degree heatwave!

Posted by matthew at August 3, 2006 09:23 AM

Wow, that's cool. Amazing how much you can catch with a 10s exposure.

Posted by Rob at August 3, 2006 09:27 AM

Amazing shot!! can you make a wallpaper version for this please?

Posted by Rebecca at August 3, 2006 09:28 AM

amazing! anyway we could get a wallpaper size of that shot?

Posted by mike balders at August 3, 2006 09:31 AM

wow, what a spectacular shot - and storm! It was nuts in Newmarket last night. I've never seen the skies so dark.

I tried to get a similar shot, and I did manage one, although it didn't quite meet my expectations.

Can you post your technique for capturing this type of shot? Storms fascinate me and I'm sure we'll get many more before this summer is over.

Posted by dave at August 3, 2006 09:32 AM

Amazing shot Sam. Too bad the buildings are a bit overexposed, but I know how difficult is to make these kinds of shots.
Very powerful...

Posted by Photoblog Community at August 3, 2006 09:37 AM

I tried to catch some of it last night, but I was driving home during most of it.

Nicely captured. Any post processing tips on this one?

Posted by Chris at August 3, 2006 09:41 AM

WOW Sam....what a fantastic shot!!!
Everything is so clear and perfectly lit!! Its amazing the strength of the lightening hitting the CN tower compared to the others!

Posted by Henry at August 3, 2006 09:47 AM

I love the bolt hitting the CN Tower. Very eerie.

Posted by Jonathan Greenwald at August 3, 2006 09:53 AM

wow! what a picture!

Posted by Jav at August 3, 2006 10:04 AM

This is a very striking image.

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Posted by otomi at August 3, 2006 10:11 AM

Wow - that's really amazing. I guess it helps to have a window that affords such a convenient view of the cityscape. I live in an apartment building in Brooklyn - but we're only on the 2nd floor, and our windows are coated with a robust layer of NYC grime. We do have roof access too, but then who wants to go on the roof during a lightning storm?

Posted by flysi at August 3, 2006 10:14 AM

no way.

you must be practicing wizardry..

excellent shot. lucky too.

Posted by ik at August 3, 2006 10:17 AM

damn! i tried, i tried so hard to get a shot like this and got nothing but menacing looking it possible to see your exif data somewhere?

Posted by nopants at August 3, 2006 10:19 AM

Wow, what a dramatic view from the kitchen. Is that the CN Tower being hit with the strongest streak of lightning?

Posted by Ayash at August 3, 2006 10:23 AM

ya TOTALLY awesome picture

Posted by Patricia at August 3, 2006 10:25 AM

I love lighting. You have yourself quite a view of one the largest lightning rods in the world. I'm envious. Great pic.

Posted by Graham at August 3, 2006 10:28 AM

Sam this is the sweetest picture!!!

Posted by Tom at August 3, 2006 10:29 AM

wow, great photo!

Posted by Stephan Hafner at August 3, 2006 10:31 AM

WOW! Beautiful shot!

Posted by Mr.Mey at August 3, 2006 10:37 AM

Extremely cool shot, or should I say hot. I can't believe you got that many lightnings in just 10 seconds.

Posted by [ PIXEL VIKING ] at August 3, 2006 10:47 AM

WOW... I've been coming to your site everday for over a year, and these photo's still amaze me, everyday. Wallpaper???

Posted by Mark at August 3, 2006 10:47 AM

wow! simply amazing! how do you even snap a shot like that?

Posted by Ed at August 3, 2006 10:53 AM

wow - if this is exactly as it came from the camera this is an amazing shot!

Posted by Craig at August 3, 2006 10:55 AM

A W E S O M E!!!!

Posted by Marco at August 3, 2006 10:57 AM

That is a phenomenal capture, Sam!! Isn't it amazing that the giant lightning rod (a.k.a the CN Tower) can withstand so much energy being directed at it? What a light show! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Kathy at August 3, 2006 10:57 AM

By the way, what a nice view you've got from your kitchen.

Posted by Marco at August 3, 2006 11:00 AM

dear jesus! awesome capture. it's so hard to take a picture of a lightning strike! i'm speechless.....

Posted by sushi at August 3, 2006 11:02 AM

This is one of the more interesting lightening shots I've ever seen, Sam. You'd almost think it was a random line drawn by a kid doing lightening. It seems so unreal and abstract to how we perceive what it should be. The only line that seems normal is the strike on the Tower.


Posted by Hugh Petrie at August 3, 2006 11:02 AM

This is awesome, I watched the storm last night and it was really cool, but this picture is even cooler, is there somewhere i can get a wall paper of this?

Posted by chris at August 3, 2006 11:05 AM


Posted by Niusha at August 3, 2006 11:28 AM

Thats amazing. Any chance of a wallpaper version?

Posted by Matt at August 3, 2006 11:32 AM

great shot!

Posted by Sadegh at August 3, 2006 11:33 AM

Awesome photo Sam, please make this a wallpaper!

Posted by Ayan at August 3, 2006 11:50 AM

I'm going to have to jump on the bandwagon here and express awe at this amazing shot.

Amazing timing, coupled with the usual standards for crisp shots... kudos!

Posted by Darren at August 3, 2006 12:01 PM

Well, everyone else is asking, can I get a wallpaper shot too, 1280 X 1064 please. Thank you.

Posted by J. Rivera at August 3, 2006 12:15 PM

What camera settings did you use?

Posted by Leslie at August 3, 2006 12:18 PM

Everyone has already said it. Superb shot.

Posted by Jon at August 3, 2006 12:19 PM


Posted by kevathens at August 3, 2006 12:29 PM

Wow one streak actually struck the tower? And your place has got a really great view. :)

Posted by PlasticTV at August 3, 2006 01:07 PM

WOW!!! Totally amazing. Nothing to say about this shot except it is PER-fect. Although I'm probably the millionth one, can we have this as wallpaper?!

Posted by Susanna at August 3, 2006 01:12 PM

amazing shot

Posted by christine at August 3, 2006 01:22 PM

back to the future.wonderful.

Posted by effat at August 3, 2006 01:23 PM

Superb shot. Two requests, give us the low down on how you achieved such a great shot, post processing etc and secondly 1280x1024 wallpaper please. ;)

Posted by PaulBM at August 3, 2006 01:29 PM

Awesome..simply superb man.The clarity & the shot .Keep it up.

Posted by Anup at August 3, 2006 01:41 PM

Wow, Sam. fantastic. I've made a note: 100iso, f/8, 10s as a statring point fpor perfect night city storm exposure!

Posted by michael at August 3, 2006 01:49 PM

Simply Mind Blowing !!!

Posted by harrysoms at August 3, 2006 01:58 PM

This is an incredible shot. I've always been curious how you capture lightning. However you do it it's breath taking.

Posted by Julia at August 3, 2006 02:43 PM

Great HIT!!!

Posted by Harlequinpan at August 3, 2006 02:52 PM

Lighting crashes...A mother cries! Wallpaper PLEASE!

Posted by Clarence at August 3, 2006 03:03 PM

Mesmerizing capture!
I'm totaly in awe of you sam.
Well, i'm already in awe since i've visited your blog the first time, but this is another outstanding image!

Posted by Hannes at August 3, 2006 03:30 PM

There was a tornado from this storm before it hit Toronto! Fantastic shot, it shows the violent beauty of nature.

Posted by Steve at August 3, 2006 03:30 PM


Looks like the end of GHOSTBUSTERS !

Posted by dan at August 3, 2006 03:32 PM

Gobsmackingly breathtaking shot!

Posted by Vicki at August 3, 2006 03:42 PM

there's some creativity going on in that brain of yours...are tripods good lightning rods??

Posted by CrankPhoto at August 3, 2006 04:01 PM

Fantastic. All the shots you took must have been worth it for a picture like this.

Posted by Euan at August 3, 2006 04:32 PM

Shocking! It looks as if a bolt is hitting the tower in the distance.

Posted by Kevin at August 3, 2006 04:56 PM

No one else can do this as better as you.
Excellent excellent work, Sam!

Posted by José at August 3, 2006 05:03 PM

wonderful... brilliant.. and thanks for sharing how you did it..

Posted by sach1tb at August 3, 2006 05:12 PM

three things blow me away about this. The red light on the centre building, the lightning looks like it is coming out of the tower and the reflection in the building on the front right gives the impression of depth into the frame. This may have been said already but I did not have time to read comments 1 - 122. Nice job.

Posted by photoDude at August 3, 2006 05:35 PM

you are a genius amount us regular humans. You're creativity (in capturing it) is awe inspiring.

I think this one should be nominated to pic of the year.

Posted by selam at August 3, 2006 05:53 PM

This is a stunning photo, the building's look great and you have capture the lightning actually hitting the CN tower which makes this some shot.

Posted by Paul Woolrich at August 3, 2006 06:25 PM

Other than the lightning, the levels on this photo are tremendous. I especially enjoy the reflection of the street below in the first building's front. It shows great movement with the ten second exposure.

Posted by Sherman at August 3, 2006 07:08 PM

Nice. Very impressive.

Posted by James Lomax at August 3, 2006 07:19 PM

wicked shot!

Posted by Ash at August 3, 2006 07:56 PM

For those who don't know, the CN Tower is the tallest free-standing structure in the world.

The photo doesn't emphasize the great disparity in height between the tower and the surrounding buildings, but I think the lightning bolt hitting the tower is likely much closer than the others, which are further in the distance.

What an amazing shot!

Posted by toby at August 3, 2006 08:34 PM

This is just too damn cool! Time and effort ... Time and effort.

Posted by Todd Murray at August 3, 2006 08:44 PM

let me add one more to your already 128 are the man!!! brilliant shot.

Posted by Jesse at August 3, 2006 09:20 PM

Awesome. Good job.

Posted by Drei at August 3, 2006 11:35 PM

Outstanding! And thanks for the "how to" attempts last night didn't yeild any worthy results.

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Posted by leova (↑) at August 4, 2006 01:02 AM

Mesle Hamishe o Hameye Axaat Aalie WVS e Aziz! kheili baa khodeto axaat haal mikonam! felan bye, Nice Job!

Posted by Masoud at August 4, 2006 01:16 AM

I'm obviously not the only person whose eyes got big when they saw this photo. Not only is it an incredible shot of lightning, but it's a great cityscape, too, and would be even without the meteorological fireworks.

Posted by MarkDM at August 4, 2006 01:41 AM

Sam, AWESOME, wanted to ask for a wallpaper but was amazed to see how many already had!Can't say anything new about the photo. A-Mazing.

Posted by Foad at August 4, 2006 03:48 AM

Great shot and the number of cemmnets prove it.

Posted by navin harish at August 4, 2006 04:07 AM

I love the photo.... WOW!!!
I love the colors of your buildings...

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Posted by louis at August 4, 2006 04:46 AM

That is a beauty - wouldn't be surprised if it made the Digg Homepage in a few hours from now - it is almost there

Posted by DHTML Guy at August 4, 2006 05:11 AM

Absolutely fantastic!

Great capture!



Posted by Shashwat at August 4, 2006 08:03 AM

This picture has made the front page of digg!

Posted by Mark at August 4, 2006 10:41 AM

I am new to this site but I am so glad that I found it. It is a wonderful way to start my day clicking onto the most stunning images... I have recommended this to several of my friends and I look forward to each photo. Great work. Thank you.

Posted by Suzanne at August 4, 2006 11:44 AM

great, amazing,...
good shot

Posted by Laurent at August 4, 2006 12:29 PM

great shot, one of the best pictures of seen ever.

Posted by mike at August 4, 2006 06:33 PM

You live at the Horizon on Bay, don't you? I recongize that view because I use to have a place in the building. I have some spectacular cityscape photographs from the rooftop too but they're not as good as your.

Posted by Bjorn Nitmo at August 4, 2006 11:18 PM

Well....with 148 comments before we I will find it hard to be original so stunning will have to do. Phil

Posted by [t e r r o r k i t t e n] at August 5, 2006 03:48 AM

Your shots of toronto really make me want to see the city. Great work. Please, PLEASE create a widescreen version (1920x1200!); it would be a stunning wallpaper.

Posted by terrell at August 5, 2006 04:08 AM

very nice photo, well as usual i guess ;o) i read that the CN tower is struck by lightning over 78 times a year - great that you captured one of these moments

Posted by josé at August 5, 2006 07:11 AM

thats the most interesting and hardest photoshoot ever.

Posted by Mr Pixels at August 7, 2006 07:30 AM

I'm sorry that I haven't taken the time to read all 152 comments before me, but I basically just want to clarify how you took this shot...did you just start clicking, and then not stop till you got one you liked? I've never been successful at capturing lightning. Great work.

Posted by Mandie at August 8, 2006 07:46 PM

indeed an AMAZING photo! I dont know if anyone suggested it or not, but this could easily be the best photo of the year for nature vs. man category no?!

Posted by Foad at August 8, 2006 09:17 PM

Absolutely stunning. I can't say anything that hasn't already been said, so this will have to do :-)

Posted by peter at August 11, 2006 04:58 PM

This powerful shot is unique, but I have to mention that it drives me nuts, nuts, NUTS that there are so many lights on in Toronto. The same storm hit our city 20 minutes later (we are 90 miles east) and we didn't have our lights on in this town yet! In fact, in our house we cut all electrical use during the storm and used candles. Why, why, why are people not conserving power especially when so much electrical energy is flying around in the ozone??? I cannot figure people out. Get with the program and conserve for our planet, please.

Posted by Elder Allen at August 11, 2006 08:02 PM

this picture is just amazing.
I always dreamt to speak with people who tries to take pictures of flashes, for me it's the craziest thing, so exciting!!
i love your pictures...

Posted by tangee at August 21, 2006 03:21 PM

what an amazing picture,you are so lucky to have such beautiful storms,there not as good here!

Posted by naomi at September 19, 2006 04:13 PM

absolutely stunning! saved for wallpaper and thanks!

Posted by Justin at December 11, 2007 02:48 PM

Its good site!
Good luck!

Posted by Anna at April 10, 2008 03:20 PM

Absolutely fantastic scenery. One of the best lightning shot I have seen. Wow !

Posted by cako at August 3, 2008 10:52 AM

All greetings! I have fallen in love today:)))))
I wish to shout about love to all world ! :)
Love this magnificent feeling:)))))

Posted by DaunnyByday at October 27, 2008 03:12 AM

I very much love summer :)
Someone very much loves winter :(
I Wish to know whom more :)
For what you love winter?
For what you love summer? Let's argue :)

Posted by wintervssummer at December 2, 2008 04:27 PM

How you think when the economic crisis will end? I wish to make statistics of independent opinions!

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