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Shot Notes

These are the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Lightning is hard to shot during the day. You need a very long shutter speed to stand a chance of catching a strike. But when you point at the sky it does not take long to overexpose even with the smallest aperture. This shot was taken through the window of a moving bus so I relied on this technique to get my lightning. I discovered this image has sparked a debate on the bitcoin forum between physicists and the alien theorists.

This image has been accepted by Shutterstock for Stock Photography and is available for download here.

It has also been used on page 33 of The Sun Despite me telling the news agency the lightning was photoshopped the daily mail claimed it was real.

4 Responses to “Pyramid Lightning”

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    My first thought was that it was a composite. But no. It’s for real. That’s an amazing capture. There’s something very iconic and new age about it… It wouldn’t surprise me if this image didn’t end up all over the internet. It’s that striking! (No pun intended)

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    Jason Benz:

    The pyramid is real, The lightning is fake.

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    Linda metzgar:

    We were there at Giza that day! Most people left..all tour buses high tailed it out. It was thundering , raining.. wind …and lightning but only the heat lightning kind and more horizontal flashes …nothing like the fake photo that’s getting the media attention … there were no clouds all grey! We had a guide Mona.. I have photos… we had place to ourselves! Absolutely fake photo! I can submit photos from our trip.

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    Jason Benz:

    Thanks for your comment. When I took this photo there was no thunder or lightning. The pyramid is real, the lightning I added with Photoshop. I would like to see your photos. Please email benzworldblog@gmail.com

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