Richard Hasbrouck in Truchas, New Mexico sent in several images in response to our article on pareidolia: seeing things that aren’t there. Richard wrote:
Shooting lightning by letting the shutter stay open for a relatively long time, then reopening it right away makes it possible to record the very short duration (a few hundred milliseconds) lightning flash. One has no idea what was captured until viewing it on the computer monitor.
This one was a surprise, looking like horse rearing up.
Camera pointed toward area of most activity. Low ISO and small aperture permitted 30-second exposures in sunset’s moderately low light conditions.
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