The dynamic work of sculptor Gaylord Ho is instantly recognizable. Emotion oozes from the figures, as they throw their energy into dancerly poses. His female figures twist and twirl, animated and vital. Born in Taiwan, the 66-year-old artist has a fascinating personal history. Growing up as the son of low income farmers, Ho was expected to balance his studies while helping on the rice farm.
What better way is there to show both the beauty and power of nature than with these incredibly electrifying images of lightning? While sometimes it just takes being at the right place at the right time, like for amateur photographer Bertrand Kulik and his photo of a brightly illuminated Eiffel Tower, for others, like Dan Ransom, it requires carefully assembling a composite image or “stacking” multiple photos together to showcase a wild electrical storm (like the one Ransom stunningly captured at the Grand Canyon).
Whether these magnificent shots were the result of luck, hard work or patience, they all give us a deeper appreciation for a part of nature we rarely get to see. To capture these frozen moments, PENTAX Australia lists some tips like setting your shutter speed in the 20 to 30 second range and using manual focus. They also write, “Timing is everything in capturing lightning. It takes milliseconds for a bolt of lightning to cross the sky. We humans simply don't have the reaction time for releasing shutters as we see the flash. Using the long shutter speeds, foreground details will be rendered, and the lightning will strike during the exposure.”
Now, just for you, here are 12 awe-inspiring photos of lighting strikes taken all around the world.
Above photo by Betrand Kulik/Caters News Agency