I'll easily admit to being in total awe at the raw elemental power that nature throws around during a lightning storm, however, I wouldn't normally
consider creating an entire thread based around just a lightning flash ... but in this instance I'm more than happy to make an exception.
The following is some footage of a lightning storm that took place recently over Rapid City, South Dakota on 16 June, 2010.
What makes this particular footage absolutely mind-blowing (at least in my opinion) is that its only a 1 second recording of a lightning flash but was
made at an incredible exposure rate of 9,000 images per second. These 9,000 images of that 1 second flash take 1 min 33 secs to play back and
reveal hidden facets of a lightning stroke that I had never realized existed.
In my opinion, absolutely stunning.
Anyway, enjoy ....
I didn't know this guy had a youtube addy. for this post. I actually saw this same video uploaded by someone else and it was removed due to
copyright infrigment. I also mailed the guy and asked what cameras he uses. This was his reply:
I use Vision Research Phantom cameras. The video I uploaded was taken with a v310 version.
Now that was absolutely amazing ! Thanks for that
And you're right that I've never, ever seen anything like it - especially liked it at the 22 sec mark when you start to see 2 lightning strokes
heading away from the ground and traveling up into the sky. Reminded me of a pair of missiles being launched !
That was awesome. I live in Oklahoma and we get tons of lightning here so Ive seen my fair share of cool lightning strikes,. but I have never seen
anything like that. What I find really interesting about the footage is if this is just 1 second of lightning how fast were all those little mini
bolts of lightning that barely even register on the screen? surely those would be nanoseconds in time... Nature constantly reminds us that we still
have soo much to learn of our own world. Thanx OP..S&F for ya.
God what I would have gave to have this camera when I tried, with success, to capture lightning on a photograph. I had to take 250 shots during a
coming storm to get like 2 good shots and almost ruined my camera due to the intensive raining that came just after I ran to hide in my car!
Insane there is sooo much about this planet we dont know...great find.
If we could continually harness that type of energy what an impact that could make. Looks like the lightning is travrling up at some points..Thanks
for sharing the video.
It seems that lightening is powered by dozens of mini-discharges. If you watch closely, you can see that those mini-discharges "feed" the main
bolt, and so the main bolt grows until it connects the clouds with the ground.
As someone mentioned above, it would be interesting to try and see what creates those mini-discharges. I read once that scientists have linked cosmic
particles that come from distant stars with the triggering of lightening.
There is so much more going on in this world than we realize.
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