Comments: lightning in sunset

Wow... That's not something you see every day. Nice.

Posted by Brandon Stone at August 18, 2008 12:42 AM

I remember that sunset, it was Thursday night. This is an amazing photo. You're lucky you were in such a perfect place for it. I was downtown during that time and didn't even bother shooting the lightning.

Do you carry your whole kit with you all the time? I'm surprised you had your tripod and Pclix.

Posted by Andrew at August 18, 2008 12:52 AM

Wow! Simply gorgeous photo.

Posted by mel at August 18, 2008 12:53 AM

wow, this is amazing!!

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Posted by Mark Baluk at August 18, 2008 01:35 AM

How big are the chances to see such a sky, the colours, the lightning? And you had your camera.

Thanks for the wallpaper size!!!

Posted by caro at August 18, 2008 01:51 AM

Wow, not a very common combination of two beautiful things. The sky color makes it look like it's really hot where the lightning is coming from.

Posted by Deniss at August 18, 2008 02:39 AM

A great shot of an unreal-like scene. The symmetry of the three lightning strikes is astonisning.

Posted by JuHa at August 18, 2008 02:39 AM


I've never seen lightning like this. Really amazing!

Posted by blurb at August 18, 2008 02:45 AM

I am ...completely speechless. Wow.

Posted by Kevin at August 18, 2008 02:47 AM

I really love the first one...the colors, the water and it's reflection and everything just looks great...

Posted by Luis Murillo at August 18, 2008 02:52 AM

I don't know what to say really. This is stunning!

Posted by Star Spider at August 18, 2008 02:53 AM

Would have been an awesome shot, even without the lightning! Great work.

Posted by Richard Hayter at August 18, 2008 03:26 AM

Absolutely amazing colours! Have never seen a lightning in that form. Bravo!

Posted by vg at August 18, 2008 04:49 AM

WOW. This is amazing! What good luck you had capturing this. Stunning, vivid colors and just enough of the lightning showing up, brilliant! And great composition. This image is totally made out of win.

Posted by Elisa at August 18, 2008 05:22 AM

This is one of my favorites from your pics! well done.

Posted by nik at August 18, 2008 06:18 AM

Well done! That's amazing. I've never even seen anything like that, let alone captured it.

Glad to know it took 600 shots to get it – my lightning attempts have been unsuccessful. I was told you need a light trigger or something like that... or a lot of shots I guess. :P

Posted by kristarella at August 18, 2008 06:35 AM

Another stunning shot Sam

Posted by Daniel Mc Adam at August 18, 2008 06:48 AM

MMMMMmmmmmmmmm! That`s really something!
Great shots! Amazing and so beautiful!!!

Posted by evella at August 18, 2008 07:41 AM

A great photo, which is now my desktop wallpaper. Cheers from Stuart in South Africa.

Posted by Stuart at August 18, 2008 07:47 AM

Great ligthning, and the

Posted by Naimi at August 18, 2008 08:09 AM

Amazing! What settings were your camera on to get that much dynamic range (like in the trees and such) and keep everything in focus?

Posted by Paul at August 18, 2008 08:18 AM

Absolutely stunning! A little hard work and patience often pays off.

Posted by Jay at August 18, 2008 08:50 AM

Every day, the first thing I do when I turn on my computer is look at your page. It's shots like this that keep me coming back. Brilliant...well done!

Posted by Dave at August 18, 2008 08:58 AM

OMG! You just made my day Sam!

Posted by niusha at August 18, 2008 08:59 AM

These shots are stunning Sam!!!

Posted by Shari at August 18, 2008 09:14 AM

Ansel Adams would be proud.

Posted by RBeezy at August 18, 2008 09:34 AM

I was totally awed when I saw the photo. Colors are superb. Obviously lightning looks great.

Superb post Sam.

Posted by sinkingsun at August 18, 2008 09:46 AM

WOW. This is why i keep coming back. Your pictures are usually great but this one is magnificent.

Posted by J at August 18, 2008 09:58 AM

very very stunning. You probablly the only one who “made” toronto like this.

Posted by Greixion at August 18, 2008 10:08 AM

im speeechlessss...

Posted by ila at August 18, 2008 10:27 AM

Wow.... just WOW!

Posted by DreTheDog at August 18, 2008 10:45 AM

Absolutely fantastic photos. The atmosphere and the reflections ... brilliant !

Posted by cako at August 18, 2008 11:09 AM

Well first off - thank you very much for sharing this 1 in 600 with us. It is a truly remarkable shot! The play of colour dark vs light leaves me speechless.

And yes - this photo does make a brilliant desktop. I just had to play with the bringing out the light a little more and size it.

Simply the best!! Thanks!

Posted by Le Snoop at August 18, 2008 11:28 AM

Wow, simply amazing. I LOVE it on my desktop. Thank you so very much.

Posted by Bilal at August 18, 2008 11:41 AM

BTW, be ready for lots of hits. On front page at

Posted by Bilal at August 18, 2008 11:42 AM

Madness! Sharp, inspirational and very interesting pictures.

Posted by Nancy at August 18, 2008 12:01 PM

Holy damn shit.. this is just amazing!! the light the colors the lightning... Great stuff!

Posted by Claus at August 18, 2008 12:03 PM

Wow. Incredible...

Posted by Kimberly Way at August 18, 2008 12:11 PM

This is the reason your site is set as my homepage.
Makes every other site I visit pale in comparison.

Posted by Amanda-lea at August 18, 2008 12:13 PM

your colours are absolutely stunning

Posted by Peerum at August 18, 2008 12:27 PM

An instant classic.

Posted by Jeff Ambrose at August 18, 2008 12:43 PM

This is phenomenal.

Posted by Neda at August 18, 2008 12:53 PM

Wow. Just wow. This one goes into my wallpaper rotation, no doubt about it.

Posted by Vegard at August 18, 2008 01:48 PM

ARGH! I just got to Toronto last night after driving all day - long after sunset... If only I had gotten an earlier start I would have gotten to see this!

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Posted by hadi at August 18, 2008 02:09 PM

Beautiful. I love the blue in the first one.

Posted by lulufar at August 18, 2008 02:36 PM

Awesome, in the truest sense of the word. Well done and great timing!

Posted by Daniel Seguin at August 18, 2008 05:59 PM

The photo would be spectacular even without the lightning. The colours are sensational.

Looks like your Pclix was a good investment, and well worth carrying with you all the time :)

Posted by Joel at August 18, 2008 08:31 PM

Whoa... fantastic! On my desktop now, thanks for the wallpaper size :-)

Posted by Sergey at August 18, 2008 09:01 PM

wow sam... that's unreal. love the colours

Posted by marc at August 18, 2008 09:03 PM

Totally friggin' unbelievable.

I have stood in that spot and admired many different skies there in all kinds of weather. But I must admit, I have NEVER seen a sky there like that before. One of your best - thank you for this.

Posted by natasha at August 18, 2008 09:07 PM

Absolutely stunning, best photo I have seen in a while, anywhere, Sam.

Posted by Sean at August 18, 2008 11:22 PM

Great shot! Very impressive.

Posted by Courtney at August 18, 2008 11:28 PM

My friend shared a link to this with me and I felt like I had to comment, because it blew my mind.

This is gorgeous.

Posted by Sam at August 18, 2008 11:29 PM

Awesome .. guess u gotta go taking photos with Nilou from now on ;)

Posted by Arash at August 19, 2008 04:06 AM

WOW. It is a stunning picture.

Posted by Ken Chen at August 19, 2008 05:21 AM

blown away here!
How you get all the colours in the rainbow in one frame is beyond me?!

Posted by JasOn at August 19, 2008 08:14 AM

Brilliant, well done!

Posted by lightseeker at August 19, 2008 08:25 AM

Simply stunning.

Posted by Mike at August 19, 2008 11:57 AM

Hi Sam,
WOW! Thanks for this great shot! You make people, who live in GTA and don't, viewing the city in a different way. Do you mind to share what post-camera processes you have done?
Thanks again!

Posted by Ian at August 19, 2008 01:04 PM

I've been amazed by some of your photos! I'm jealous! Of your talent and your lense. I've seen in comments your use of an L series. Is that strictly for Cannon? If not what is the equivilant for a Nikon? I need to upgrade my camera and buy a couple of wonderful lenses. The colors and the perfect contrast you pick up in your photos. It's like what the human eye is seeing. Even if there wasn't lightening in this picture I'd still be amazed just from the perfect tones and contrast!

Posted by Jennifer at August 20, 2008 11:11 AM

I've been following your blog for years and this is my first comment. When I saw this picture I just had to say something! That is some awesome dedication (and a dash of luck), Sam! I've always enjoyed your views of the GTA, makes me look at things differently everytime I'm in the city!

You've always been an inspiration to me. Keep up the amazing work!

Posted by Furqan at August 20, 2008 04:16 PM

Absolutely Amazing!! Love it.

Posted by Kyle at August 20, 2008 11:28 PM

nice one it is just awesome :) tanx for this nice view

Posted by Ammar at August 21, 2008 06:25 AM

WOOOOOOOOW! Seriously fantastic!

Posted by peter at August 21, 2008 08:39 AM

That should be on the cover of national geographic....How the F*** are you doing it? :)


Posted by Mehrad at August 21, 2008 03:33 PM

Simply amazing! I found my new desktop wallpaper. I hope I can someday take a photo with that much skill and impact...

Posted by Logo Turtle at August 22, 2008 11:11 PM

congrats, you made digg:

Posted by rp at August 23, 2008 02:47 AM

The colors in these are beautiful.

Posted by John at August 23, 2008 04:45 PM

You really nailed that one! Great photo in every aspect. thank you.

Posted by m i c k e s at August 27, 2008 06:39 AM

Speechless.. that is soo beautiful ..
Love ur work

Posted by Australia at August 27, 2008 09:59 AM

friggin amazing!!!!!!

Posted by crash at August 29, 2008 01:48 PM

This is really great! Is there any chance of you posting a 2560 x 1600 resolution image? Thanks!

Posted by Weotm at September 1, 2008 11:14 PM

I envy you having the gadgets that you do. I have been thinkin of investing on a SLR since some time now. The colours seem so vibrant, it got me wondering is is an HD shot? I have come across situations where the scene is so beautiful t the human eye, but I fail to capture it in its elegance when I look thru a camera! How can I come close to achieving it without having to fiddle with photoshop?

Posted by nita at September 5, 2008 03:43 AM

You captured an amazing shot, every time I have hit this bridge there is nothing I can make for a good shot. Congratulations.

Posted by [Fragile Glass] Derek Shanks at September 6, 2008 07:16 PM

I am speechless. That is an amazing photograph.

Posted by BobbyD at September 11, 2008 01:20 AM

An amazing image, I don't think you could of planned to be in a better spot :)

Posted by Dave Gibbeson at September 11, 2008 04:26 PM

so cool, i cant believe thats center island

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