Incredible Time-Lapse Photo Captures Hour-Long Lightning Storm in One Shot

Composite Lightning Photograph by Uğur İkizler

Amateur astrophotographer Uğur İkizler not only loves capturing the stars but is also fascinated by the weather. He's constantly keeping tabs on upcoming storms, and so when a forecast predicted a massive lightning storm, he grabbed his gear and headed out on his balcony. In the end, his diligence was paid back tenfold by the stunning composite photo he came away with.

Over the course of 50 minutes, he was able to capture images of lightning bolts striking the water in Mudanya, Turkey. He then took 30 of his best frames and merged them together to create an amazing composite photo. While İkizler clearly stated that the photo was a composite when he posted the image on Instagram, he said that many people still believe that all the lightning struck at once.

That would be a beautiful—if not frightening—event, but that wasn't the case. İkizler actually published many of the individual photographs he used on YouTube and his blog. The final photo is a testament to his artistry and creativity, as well as his technical ability to seamlessly pull together all the photographs in an aesthetically pleasing composition.

During a lightning storm in Turkey, astrophotographer Uğur İkizler captured many stunning images to create a composite photo.

Check out more of the individual lightning shots that were included in the final image.

Lightning Storm in Turkey by Ugur Ikizler

Lightning Storm in Turkey by Ugur Ikizler

Lightning Storm in Turkey by Ugur Ikizler

Lightning Storm in Turkey by Ugur Ikizler

Uğur İkizler: Website | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Uğur İkizler.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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