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Lightning Over Nantucket

Photo taken by contributor Rachael Talibart, a photographer based in Surrey, England. She has always enjoyed photography, but when she started to suffer chronic pain it became more than a hobby/occupation. Taking photographs became a way for her to cope with her pain. She used it as a mindfulness tool, a way of focusing on the now, and on things outside of herself instead of pain or other troubles. When she is taking a picture, she is thinking only of what she is seeing and making. This allows her to notice things that she might otherwise have missed, and those things not only distract from pain but lead to other things, and so the creativity snowballs. When she is not making images, she is a student of literature, and has just completed her MA. Thus she has found herself wanting to put words to her images. She accompanies each piece by a quotation that she hopes expresses something of the feeling that she was trying to convey visually.

About this photo: “This was probably the most exciting photoshoot I have had yet!  We were staying in a pontoon cottage in Nantucket Harbour.   The storm was amazing – it lasted two full battery-draining hours and I photographed every second of it.  My cable release had broken just that day so I couldn’t use Bulb mode but was lucky enough to catch several strikes by shooting consecutive 30 second exposures.  Amazing.

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.‘ – Henri Cartier-Bresson

Find more from Rachael at her website or her blog.


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12 comments on “Lightning Over Nantucket

  1. Sam Spencer
    December 2, 2013

    Great pictures & story, Rachael . . thanks! . . . Sam Spencer


  2. Elina
    December 2, 2013

    Amazing photo Rachel and inspiring story!


  3. Linda Å
    December 2, 2013

    Fantastic shot!


  4. Esmee's Photography Blog
    December 2, 2013

    Beautiful photo/timing!


  5. Chess
    December 2, 2013

    What a powerful image!!


  6. rainbowspinnaker
    December 2, 2013

    I know how difficult it is to capture lightening in a photograph, so bravo! Stunning image.


  7. Rachael
    December 3, 2013

    Thanks. Glad you like it. It was a lot of fun taking it!


  8. mhdriver
    December 4, 2013

    Great shot and know how difficult it is to capture a shot like this. You captured the lighting with all it’s branches , which I have never paid attention to before. Good job.


    • Rachael
      December 4, 2013

      Thank you. Isn’t is amazing what the camera can help us to see?


  9. Paula McLane Jennings
    December 9, 2013

    absolutely amazing capture of the lightening!


  10. idiotwriter
    December 14, 2013



  11. hocuspocus13
    December 31, 2013

    Reblogged this on hocuspocus13.


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