Congratulations to Dustin Penman for winning the Shooting In The Dark Assignment.This photo was the Photo Of The Day on May 28th.
"On July 22 of last year, I was awaken by my buddy calling "We got lighting" and I was off like a flash! (pun intended). At 3am I was still out and I was amazed by the constant lighting, the fast moving storm clouds and the fact the stars that were visible through it all, this just blew my mind. I knew I wanted to also incorporate a strong foreground in the image so I went looking for an oak tree that would fit the bill. At a local park I found this scene.
"I knew I wanted to capture just how crazy of an night it was. I figured that 6, 2-minute exposures would allow enough time to capture the lighting and show a small amount of star travel, as well as the quick moving clouds. The grass near the tree was being lit by a street lamp hidden behind the tree. I then did a little light painting of the tree with my flashlight on the last exposure. I then stacked the images in PS6 and found this beauty. I have been waiting for another electrical storm since..."
You can see more of Dustin Penman's photography at his website: www.wallcandyimages.com