Storm over Manhattan

The moment I saw flashes outside my window, I grabbed my 5D with 16-35mm 2.8L, remote and tripod. I wanted to create a time lapse, so each frame had to be fast enough shutter to allow enough frames, rather than low ISO and long shutter speeds. Each frame is ISO 400, f/13 at 5.6 seconds. The view is out my balcony in Fort Lee, NJ.

12 Comments Storm over Manhattan

  1. Sherry August 19, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Woah, that’s intense! I didn’t know that one individual lightning could split off into so many separate branches.

  2. tony August 19, 2009 at 8:53 am


    PS: are you in either Hampshire House or Whiteman?

  3. Tony Yang August 19, 2009 at 9:30 am

    I am in the Whiteman

  4. Tiffany August 19, 2009 at 10:52 am

    That does not even look real. I loveeee the video though. So cool.

  5. Charlene August 19, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Very cool pics, Tony!

  6. Jeanne August 19, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Is that a shooting star at 0:29? I’ve never seen one before…

  7. Serene August 19, 2009 at 7:39 pm


  8. Stefan August 19, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    aewsome sweetness

  9. Juno August 21, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Probably not a shooting star- it is Manhattan after all, surrounded by at least 3 airports. Too cloudy to see anything above the stratosphere.

  10. Mr. Crinks August 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    That video is very very cool.. You could sell that to a tv station I’m sure, or probably a stock library at least.

  11. Tony Gill August 22, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Fantastic pictures! I was out running in Brooklyn Heights during this storm — I got soaked, but it was totally worth it for the light show! P.S. The year is wrong in the “Lightning over Manhattan” video caption.

  12. Mong Yang June 4, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    It wasn’t a shooting star. During a Thunder storm, I highly doubt it. You never see 3 lights shoot so fast one after another. Airplanes would never fly in that close in such bad weather. I’m not saying anything but everyone has their own opinion.

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