Uğur İkizler’s ultimate composite image comprises approximately 30 lightning strike photos taken on June 16 in Mudanya, Turkey.
A photographer managed to capture a series of mesmerizing photos amidst a fierce lightning storm and then combined them to create a single remarkable image.
Turkish photographer Uğur İkizler closely monitors weather patterns. When a significant lightning storm was predicted, he promptly grabbed his camera and went to his balcony.
The storm lived up to expectations. Throughout an hour on June 16, İkizler captured numerous lightning photos and then selected the top 30 to combine into a single composite image.
İkizler mentioned to DIY Photography that he was lucky that night because there was no rain.
“If it had rained, water drops on the lens could have caused the image to become distorted,” he explains.
One of the individual photos captured by İkizler that was included in the final composite.
Another one Ikizler’s lightning photos.
İkizler shared the individual photos that were used in the composite on his blog, depicting lightning bolts hitting the Sea of Marmara across from his hometown, Mudanya. Additionally, he produced a timelapse video on YouTube that showcases the various lightning strikes.
He mentioned that the storm was at an optimal distance, allowing him to frame the shots perfectly. İkizler employed a Canon 5D Mark IV mounted on a tripod, with settings at ISO 800, and an EF 24-105mm f/4 IS II USM lens attached.
Even though the photographer clearly indicated that the image was a composite, some individuals believed it was an actual photograph where all the lightning bolts had simultaneously struck, İkizler explained.
İkizler frequently adds images of comets, galaxies, and other celestial phenomena to his Instagram feed.
IFL Science points out that lightning is a swift release of energy from clouds, typically occurring when negative charges in the lower part of a cloud are drawn to positive charges on the ground. These charges need to be strong enough to surpass the insulating characteristics of the surrounding air.
When a connection is made, the positive and negative charges rush to meet each other, and lightning heats the air along its path, making it expand. Thunder is the sound of the expanding air.