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We're having some brilliant thunderstorms this evening in New York City. I'm dogsitting for some friends this weekend and their place happens to have a great view of the Empire State Building. I took my camera out hoping to grab a few shots as the storms approached but I never thought I'd get this lucky.

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  1. that's HOT!

    Posted by: paris | Aug 14, 2005 8:05:28 PM


  2. Wow Andy...quite a shot. Wish we had thunder and lightning here...

    Posted by: Jeff | Aug 14, 2005 8:06:30 PM


  3. "The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box."
    - French photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson

    Posted by: serendipity | Aug 14, 2005 8:34:58 PM


  4. Awesome picture!

    Posted by: Tony | Aug 14, 2005 8:37:47 PM


  5. I am in NJ and in the middle of those thunderstorms too. Your shot is incredible!

    Posted by: laura gf | Aug 14, 2005 9:23:56 PM


  6. Very impressive. Probably a one-in-a-million photo.

    Posted by: Drew | Aug 14, 2005 9:27:06 PM


  7. A bolt of lightning coming from New York's largest phallic object. Why does this seem so right on this blog? ;)

    Posted by: Jess | Aug 14, 2005 9:51:35 PM


  8. Ohmigod. I have lived inside this very window for 8 years and have witnessed this very shot a dozen times. But, though I always have my camera handy, I'd long ago given up any hope of actually capturing the bolt on silicon.

    WOW!

    Posted by: alan | Aug 14, 2005 10:32:58 PM


  9. That's so cool!!! AHHHH!

    Posted by: LostMonkey | Aug 14, 2005 10:43:56 PM


  10. Congratulations!

    Posted by: chuck | Aug 14, 2005 11:43:34 PM


  11. Great pic. You should be able to sell it.. it's a great shot.

    Posted by: kentfischer | Aug 14, 2005 11:54:05 PM


  12. Wow! Great shot.

    Posted by: Chuck | Aug 14, 2005 11:54:50 PM


  13. You might never get on a plane after you see this, but have no fear, look at comment #35329 to see an explanation about why the people on the plane were safe:

    http://tinyurl.com/axlxj

    Posted by: Jim | Aug 14, 2005 11:57:25 PM


  14. Such a Renaissance man.

    Posted by: CriticalRN | Aug 15, 2005 12:31:10 AM


  15. the money shot! good for you

    Posted by: carywd | Aug 15, 2005 12:53:28 AM


  16. Awesome shot indeed, Andy.

    By the way, I really enjoyed the article / interview of you (with photo) in the August issue of DNA Magazine. Way to go Andy!

    Bodhi :-)
    Sydney, Australia

    Posted by: Bodhi | Aug 15, 2005 12:55:40 AM


  17. And because of that... I was stuck at the airport in Cleveland for eight hours only to find out that my flight was cancelled for good! Ggahhh.

    Posted by: j4r3d | Aug 15, 2005 1:50:10 AM


  18. Wow! That's incredible! Good job. :) I wonder, with the odds being what they are, that since you took a picture of lightning striking, that you yourself won't be struck BY lightning. Well, I hope that's the case! :) Any chance of us getting a larger copy? I'm thinking about getting winkflash.com to send me that in a photograph...

    Posted by: Matthew Bradford | Aug 15, 2005 2:10:20 AM


  19. SELL A POSTURE SIZE PICTURE!!

    Posted by: alan | Aug 15, 2005 4:02:27 AM


  20. Applause!

    Posted by: Becky | Aug 15, 2005 4:07:03 AM


  21. Great photo!

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Aug 15, 2005 4:17:21 AM


  22. "The saying 'lightning never strikes twice in the same place' is frequently disproven. The Empire State Building is struck by lightning on average 25 times each year, and was once struck 15 times in 15 minutes. " - Wikipedia

    Posted by: ozymandias | Aug 15, 2005 7:41:44 AM


  23. Now, aren't you glad you are back in New York City?

    Posted by: Nicholas | Aug 15, 2005 9:06:55 AM


  24. Is that looking to the back of 15th street?

    Posted by: Patrick | Aug 15, 2005 9:33:35 AM


  25. I would think the NYT or the Post would be very interested in that shot. It's definitely a once in a lifetime mind of shot. Amazing. Nice work!

    Posted by: Logan | Aug 15, 2005 12:40:22 PM


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